Tantra Art as Psychic Matrix

August 16th, 2008

Four images from Mookerjee’s The Tantric Way (see also these yantras).

“Tantra is a creative mystery which impels us to transmute our actions more and more into inner awareness: not by ceasing to act but by transforming our acts into creative evolution. Tantra provides a synthesis between spirit and matter to enable man to achieve his fullest spiritual and material potential. Renunciation, detachment and asceticism — by which one may free oneself from the bondage of existence and thereby recall one’s original identity with the source of the universe — are not the way of tantra. Indeed, tantra is the opposite: not a withdrawal from life, but the fullest possible acceptance of our desires, feelings, and situations as human beings.

“Tantra has healed the dichotomy that exists between the physical world and its inner reality, for the spiritual, to a tantrika, is not in conflict with the organic but rather its fulfillment. His aim is not the discovery of the unknown but the realization of the known, for ‘What is here, is everywhere. What is not here, is nowhere’ (Visvasara Tantra); the result is an experience which is even more real than the experience of the objective world” (p9).


Gunas: sattva, rajas, tamas (p95).

Tantra art “is specially intended to convey a knowledge evoking a higher level of perception, and taps dormant sources of our awareness. This form of expression is not pursued like detached speculation to achieve aesthetic delight, but has a deeper meaning. Apart from aesthetic value, its real significance lies in its content, the meaning it conveys, the philosophy of life it unravels, the world-view it represents. In this sense tantra art is visual metaphysics” (p41).

Shyama Yantra

Shyama (Kali) Yantra. Rajasthan, 18th century (p35).

Yantra “represents an energy pattern whose force increases in proportion to the abstraction and precision of the diagram. Through these power-diagrams creation and control of ideas are said to be possible” (p34).

The Principle of Fire

The Principle of Fire. Rajasthan, 18th century (p189).

“Tantric images have a meditative resilience expressed mostly in abstract signs and symbols. Vision and contemplation serve as a basis for the creation of free abstract structures surpassing schematic intention. A geometrical configuration such as a triangle representing Prakriti or female energy, for example, is neither a reproduced image nor a confused blur of distortion but a primal root-form representing the governing principle of life in abstract imagery as a sign” (p44).

cosmic spheroid

Salagram, a cosmic spheroid (p13).

6 Responses to “Tantra Art as Psychic Matrix”

  1. OmBliss Tantra Kriya Yoga Says:


    Thank you kindly for this post. As I read through it I see that you are referencing pages in a book, yet I am not clear what book it is. I would love to know.

    I am a practitioner of tantra, an explorer and first and foremost an experimenter… Tantra is such a powerful and mysterious path. I love the Osho quote when he says that one’s level of happiness is directly related to one’s level of embrace of mystery. This has definitely been my experience. Tantra is not clear cut, and experienced in so many different levels. It truly is a journey of continual discovery. Diving deeply into our desires, feelings, and situations as human beings is not for the faint of heart. It truly takes great courage to be vulnerable and open enough to be able to take this path beyond…

    I am not very learned on the use of yantra, but find this post really interesting. If you could please share the book you got this information from I would be very grateful.

    Blessings to you and yours,

    OmBliss Tantra Kriya Yoga Workshops and Retreats
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  2. Greg Pass Says:

    Hi Rafa —

    All the words are Mookerjee’s from his book, The Tantric Way. See above for the link.

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  4. Joseph E. Mason Says:

    The Shyama (Kali) Yantra became a meaningful coincidence in my investigations. It coincided with this 1993 crop circle formation —


    See the linked article. In the same article, a great coincidence is told about the Sri Yantra on page 57 of the book, and the great pattern that was found grooved into a lake bed in Oregon in 1990.

    The Salagram symbol is similar to many crop formations called dumbbells.

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