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Thangka painting of Manjuvajra Mandala The term is of Sanskrit origin. It appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other religions and philosophies, particularly Buddhism. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe. Hinduism[edit] Religious meaning[edit] A yantra is a two- or three-dimensional geometric composition used in sadhanas, puja or meditative rituals. Many situate yantras as central focus points for Hindu tantric practice. Despite its cosmic meanings a yantra is a reality lived. Political meaning[edit] Buddhism[edit] Early and Theravada Buddhism[edit] Tibetan Vajrayana[edit] Practice[edit]

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Mantra The Om syllable is considered a mantra in its own right in Vedanta school of Hinduism. In Tibet, many Buddhists carve mantras into rocks as a form of meditation. Mantra (Sanskrit मन्त्र) means a sacred utterance, numinous sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power.[2][3] Mantra may or may not be syntactic or have literal meaning; the spiritual value of mantra comes when it is audible, visible, or present in thought.[2][4] Earliest mantras were composed in Vedic times by Hindus in India, and those are at least 3000 years old.[5] Mantras are now found in various schools of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.[3][6] Similar hymns, chants, compositions and concepts are found in Zoroastrianism,[7] Taoism, Christianity and elsewhere.[2]

Spiritual Master Free Spirit – Entering into Relationship with Star Beings – 8-12-14 As we ascend out of the human condition, the potential for deep relationship and interaction with the Star Beings (or the angelics) becomes manifest. To enter into relationship with them is a means of deepening our own relationship with our own Immortal Being. As with human relationships, these relationships with higher-dimensional Beings are tools for cleansing away subtle blockages to the energies of Source. These Beings are also on hand to assist ascending beings into their collective and will often act as ‘travel guides’ for the Upper Planes. Deep relationship with multi-dimensional Extra-Terrestrial Intelligences becomes possible through releasing ones preconditioned beliefs that one may have about ‘aliens’, which are invariably false.

Tips for Markmaking in Art and Design Markmaking is a fun and sometimes crazy way to experiment with different mediums and techniques. Put simply, markmaking is just the visible trace left behind by a drawing tool such as a line drawn by a pencil. Markmaking is everywhere you look, actually. Symbols and their meaning Introduction: Occult symbols are fast replacing Christian symbols in our culture. Therefore, we encourage you to use this list to warn others, especially Christian children who intentionally wear and display them because they are popular. Keep in mind that many of these symbols have double or multiple meanings. For example, the pentagram has been used to transmit occult power in all kinds of rituals for centuries, but to Christians the same shape may simply represent a star -- a special part of God's creation.

Sand mandala The Sand Mandala (Tibetan: དཀྱིལ་འཁོར།, Wylie: dkyil 'khor; Chinese: 沙坛城; pinyin: Shā Tánchéng) is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. A sand mandala is ritualistically destroyed once it has been completed and its accompanying ceremonies and viewing are finished to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life. Sand mandala displaying its materials Materials and construction[edit] Historically, the mandala was not created with natural, dyed sand, but granules of crushed coloured stone. Tantric Cosmology Mon, January 4, 2010 - 5:15 AM The majority of Tantric teachings, in accord with the types of paths the sadhana intends to embrace, are divided into three specific types horizontal, vertical and diagonal by which terminology is meant nivritti-marga (path of cessation), pravritti-marga (path of activity) and purna-marga (path of wholeness). This accords with the Hindu alchemical classification of three energetic types or forces usually referred to as Sattvas, Rajas & Tamas that pervade the whole of the supernatural and organic world. The tantric scriptures are further delineated into three temporal life goals linked to an individual's particular choice of lifestyle, namely material welfare or support (artha), passionate self-expression (kama) and finally moral virtue or lawfulness (dharma).

Reincarnation Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life's actions. This doctrine is a central tenet of the Indian religions.[1] It is also a common belief of various ancient and modern religions such as Spiritism, Theosophy, and Eckankar and is found in many tribal societies around the world, in places such as Siberia, West Africa, North America, and Australia.[2] In recent decades, many Europeans and North Americans have developed an interest in reincarnation.[6] Contemporary films, books, and popular songs frequently mention reincarnation.

The Processes and Materials of Abstract Expressionist Painting Abstract Expressionist explored new ways of creating art, reinvigorating and reinventing the medium. They changed the nature of with their large, abstract , energetic and gestural lines, and new artistic processes. Many artists experimented with nontraditional materials, such as commercial paints and housepainter’s brushes.

"Zen Circles of Illumination" by Belinda Sweet ZEN ART IS SPIRITUAL art in its purest sense. It was done not by professional artists, but by Zen monks and nuns who spent extremely disciplined lives of meditation, in a search for enlightenment and awakening to the true nature of reality. That they were painting from their own personal knowledge of this reality, rather than from doctrines handed down, is the very foundation of this art-form's compelling power. It is believed in Japan that the character and spiritual realization of the monk or nun are transmitted into the painting itself. In 1707, a young monk named Hakuin saw the rustic calligraphy of an old Zen master that greatly moved him. Although his own calligraphy may have looked more polished because of his intensive brushwork practice, it was painfully obvious to him that his work did not reflect inner realization.

Discovering the Purpose of a Mandala The mandala has long been a symbol of many varying cultures and religions, from ancient Buddhism to modern day Christianity. While some credit its intricate designs to artistic genius, others regularly dismiss mandalas as superstition and folklore. Mandala art is as intriguing as it is beautiful, enduring for countless generations throughout the ages. KRIYA YOGA & COBRA BREATH Babaji's Tantric Kriya Yoga is one of the most powerful spiritual discipline available on the planet Earth. It is dedicated to those who are willing to accelerate their spiritual awakening. Kriya represents a practical yoga technique. It is a yoga of action, the science that gives us predictable, repeated results. The key for practising Tantric Kriya Yoga is the Cosmic Cobra Breath.

Chimed Tsog Thik: The Abbreviated Practice of the Immortal Life Essence, by Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche by Ven Gyatrul Rinpoche The Life of Philippus Theophrastus Bombast of Hohenheim Known by the Name of Paracelsus and the Substance of his Teachings, by Franz Hartmann, M.D. Mind and Medicine, by H.E. Shenpen Dawa Rinpoche Los Angeles May, 1985

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