Mandalas represent wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organisational structure of life itself – a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
…greater unrealised possibles.
Impossibility is only a sum of greater unrealised possibles.
It veils an advanced stage and a yet unaccomplished journey
~ Sri Aurobindo
Mandala Workshop at Pondicherry
Mandala workshop held for Purple Conexion (Geneva ) as part of their “Connect with Yourself” program in Pondicherry – India.
The venue was the awe-inspiring green building of Sharanam at the outskirts of Pondicherry.
Participant Feedback –
” To find yourself in a painting – something new I learnt. Thank you, a very well conducted workshop. Taking us step by step to create our own mandala” ~ Anja Loetscher
“Beautiful. I liked the link between inside and drawing. A great place and a great coach! It was a special moment, Thanks!” ~ Sophie
Kolams – Auspicious Mandala Symbols of India
Kolams are a symbol of auspiciousness. The geometrical patterns & designs applied with rice flour at the entrance to a home, are a means to invite Goddess Lakshmi (prosperity) into the household, and drive away the evil spirits.
Making the Magical Flower Angel Mandala
On a trip to the Auroville Botanical Gardens*, we entered a santuary of orchids and discovered these angels dancing in the wind.
The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram has given the spiritual meaning of “Attachment to the Divine” to the orchid species and looking at these angelic beings with their arms spread wide, one could not have found a better way to represent that meaning. The angels are messengers of the Divine and attached to Him very closely.
The flower angels symbolise nature’s bounty and abundance which She shares so generously along with its beauty and grace. The arms are spread out showering blessings and they dance in the winds joyfully with their skirts swirling.
The mandala was created after removing the background and creating a hyberbolic pattern with the image. Below is the mandala without the background.
For the final image background, the message and snow were added.
Could experience the angelic blessings pour down as this mandala was finished and would wish that its magic works miracles in your life too.
* Auroville Botanical Gardens is a sprawling 50 acres landscape that celebrates the beauty and diversity of nature and has over 5000 species of plants and trees in Auroville, India. Visit http://www.auroville-botanical-gardens.org for more.
Poetry by Rumi
we came whirling
out of nothingness
the stars made a circle
and in the middle
the wheel of heaven
like a mill
if you grab a spoke
it will tear your hand off
turning and turning
were that wheel not in love
it would cry
“enough! how long this turning?”
beggars circle tables
dogs circle carrion
the lover circles
his own heart
I circle shame
a ruined water wheel
whichever way I turn
is the river
if that rusty old sky
creaks to a stop
still, still I turn
and it is only God
Path to the centre
Mandala quote by C.G.Jung