What is a Yantra?

28 Apr



A yantra is a visual, graphic symbol for a field of energy.

The Sanskrit word ‘yantra’ derives from the root ‘yam’ meaning to sustain, hold or support the energy in a particular element, object or concept. In its first meaning ‘yantra’ may have meant any kind of mechanical creation which was used to aid and enterprise i.e. a tool. mandala1

Over time the meaning of the term yantra has been expanded and now refers to an abstract geometrical design intended as a ‘tool’ for meditation and increased awareness. The focus of a yantra tends always to be in its centre, which is considered sacred. The force of the yantras energy is considered to radiate out from this centre.

Yantras are common to many cultures and can be found as early as 3000BC in the Harrapan culture of India. On their deepest level yantras embody three principles of ‘form’ ‘function’ and ‘power’. Firstly ‘form’ – they are believed to reveal the inner basis of the forms and shapes abounding the universe. The Indian shilpi- yogins (makers of ritual art) tried though intense yogic vision to identify the innermost structure of the universe in its simplest form. A yantra then can be considered to be an ultimate form-equation of a specific energy manifesting in the world and to reveal the real nature of the cosmos.

mandala 2Secondly, yantras ‘function’ as symbols revealing cosmic truths and additionally as instructional charts of the spiritual aspect of human experience. This is because the primal shapes of a yantra (made up of lines, crosses, squares, triangles, circles etc…) are psychological symbols corresponding to inner states of human consciousness. Focus/meditation on these can develop control and expansion of psychic forces.

Thirdly, by constant reinforcement the yantra-forms act as emblems of psychic power to become a ‘power diagram’ which may transform a mundane experience into a psychic one. It is at this point that the yantra is said to be ‘revealed’. Although, the outward meaning of a yantra may be relatively easy to understand, the inner meaning that makes it effective may be difficult to grasp because it is concerned with the inner facts of psychic experience, gained through intuitive vision. If you would like to find out more about Yantra’s and Mantra’s and how they can be used together this information is included in my Reiki level two course which can be found by clicking here.