Yantras and Mental Oblation

September 23rd, 2007

Another yantra from Yantra (see previous post).

“Meditation on the yantra takes the most subtle form of all when it consists of inner illumination, a method of mediation without any yogic, ritual, or visual aids… The sadhaka builds up, in deep concentration, a square yantra enclosed by three concentric circles. In the centre of the square he visualizes the emblem of the yoni (a half-moon and bindu). The square symbolizes the vessel of consciousness (cit-kunda) in which burns the fire of consciousness, and into this symbolic fire the adept ‘surrenders’ all his mental offerings [his impulses, his senses, his selfhood, his acts, his self]. This mental offering of his entire being is the prelude to new birth” (p129).

Cit-kunda yantra

“The essential difference between the outer form of yantra worship (puja) and inward meditation through yantric symbols is that the former produces mental states that are like ‘seeds’ for the future workings of consciousness, while the latter is ‘without seed’ (nirbija) and relies on intuitive apprehension of the real, reveling in the ontological plenitude in which being, knowledge and bliss are inseparable and indistinguishable” (p130).

One Response to “Yantras and Mental Oblation”

  1. Mirco Says:

    Inside the 3 circles is the STONE, which contains the primordial duality yoni (moon)– bindu (the seed). The black square aptly conveys its solidity, protecting & concealing the cosmic pair. One can enter the stone only if one BECOMES the stone, mastering its absolute stillness.

    PS I would drop one adjective from the explanation: the fire is not just symbolic, but very real.

    Real consciousness burns….

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