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Mandalas

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.

The mandala is a primal pattern based on the circle that has existed in nature since the beginning of time. It is present in the phenomena of life in all its forms: its shape is evident in the atom and the crystal; in the hurricane and the solar system; in sound waves and within our bodies. From micro to macro, the pattern is repeated.

In Sanskrit, bindu means particle or dot, and is a symbol of the universe in its unmanifest form. It is the centre point of the mandala and yantra through which the unmanifest moves into the manifest form. The study of the mandala may be thought of as a circular journey of discovery, a journey that both starts and ends at the centre point.

Mandalas also tap into sacred geometry and represent different energetic structures, including chakra systems. They are useful for unblocking, restoring, and facilitating the conscious use of energy currents

Using a Mandala as a meditative focus can help one nurture the qualities of wholeness, balance, harmony.

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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

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Kolams – Auspicious Mandala Symbols of India

Kolams are a symbol of auspiciousness.  It is a Hindu belief that that the geometrical patterns & designs applied with rice flour at the entrance to a home, invites Goddess Lakshmi into the household, and drives away the evil spirits.  It is mostly a South Indian tradition, practised widely in Tamilnadu.

Traditionally, the women wash the path in front of the house. (Cowdung is used to clean up the ground, though this practise is no longer in vogue in the cities, mainly because cowdung is not easily available & most entrance path are now laid in cement or tiles.)  Finely ground rice powder is then used to apply kolams. The reason for using rice flour is that one is providing food for the ants & other small insects.  It was a way of welcoming other beings into one’s home and everyday life: a daily tribute to harmonious co-existence. In these days finely ground white stone powder is used, for this is easier to apply & also the kolams are brighter & well finished.  Even if ground stone powder is used, one could mix rice flour in it.

The month of Dhanur Maasa or name Margazhi (Dec 14th to Jan 14th), derives from the star Mrigashirsha and is considered very auspicious month for religious services. During this month the sun transits through Sagittarius sign, the house of Jupiter and ends with the Makara Sankranti. During this period fairly large size Kolams are put in front of the houses, with additional decoration of Kolams with yellow flowers of pumpkin.

Kolams are known by different names in different parts of India. Hase in Karnataka, Muggulu in Andrapradesh, Chowkpurna in Uttar Pradesh, Alpana in Bengal and Assam, and Rangoli in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Coming up – Types of Kolam, how to draw a Kolam and Kolam Colouring pages

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Making the Magical Flower Angel Mandala

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Flower Angel Mandala of blessings, joy and abundance

On a trip to the Auroville Botanical Gardens*, we entered a santuary of orchids and discovered these angels dancing in the wind.

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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.

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Poetry by Rumi

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we came whirling
out of nothingness
scattering stars
like dust

the stars made a circle
and in the middle
we dance

the wheel of heaven
circles God
like a mill

if you grab a spoke
it will tear your hand off

turning and turning
it sunders
all attachment

were that wheel not in love
it would cry
“enough! how long this turning?”

every atom
turns bewildered

beggars circle tables
dogs circle carrion
the lover circles
his own heart

ashamed,
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
circling Himself

~Rumi

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Path to the centre

“I saw that everything, all paths I had been following, all steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point — namely, to the mid-point. It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the centre. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the centre, to individuation. I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self I had attained what was for me the ultimate.” – C. G. Jung

 

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