Mandala Images: See, do not speak

Of late I have been disenchanted with the written word. For whatever reason everything other than scholarly reference and spiritual material seems, at best, heavy with affectation, floridity, and artificial contrivance. Poetry is a minor exception largely because of the utility of language. It is a phase and therefore a process, much like the never-ending flow evoked by mandala art. In the spirit of minimizing discourse, in the spirit of meaning through art and creativity, this week I give you mandala artwork. As many of you know, mandalas are sacred symbols used in Yoga, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shamanism, and, more recently, in Western mystical practices. I bring you a sample of several  this week. View, savor, and enjoy. In silence.

Hildegard de Bingen

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Buddhist Inspired (some are made from sand and destroyed immediately upon completion to represent the impermanence of all things)

Budmandala1 Budnair16th-mandala Mandala2Bud

American Indian Inspired

NatAmcil_570xN.302015256 Red-Tailed-Hawk-Native-American-Mandala

Shamanic Vision Inspired:

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Ancient Hindu


Kabbalah inspired

capricornkabbalistictree2 Kaballah

Celtic inspired

Celt3-ce4_insb celtic-aperture-mandala-kristen-fox CeltJen-Delyth-Art-Logo

Mandala art by Carl Jung (more can be found in Jung’s RED BOOK)

Mandala_Golden_Flower_Jung mandala

There are thousands of mandala images that span all cultures. I invite you to find your favorite and meditate upon it, or create your own. I’d like to write more about the mandala, when I feel friendly with words again. Until then, take what works for you and leave the rest behind.




About Lightning Heart (Vikara)

Nomad. Poet. Philosopher. Teacher. View all posts by Lightning Heart (Vikara)

One response to “Mandala Images: See, do not speak

  • Gia

    These are beautiful. And yes, it’s all been said somewhere anyway…and copied and repeated. Mandalas carry their own information – and there is lots of it in each one. Thanks for sharing.


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