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

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Shamanic Vision Inspired:

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Ancient Hindu

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Kabbalah inspired

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Celtic inspired

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

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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.

Namaste,

Vikara

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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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