I am not a subscriber of Encylopaedia Britannica and I played a role just like a lazy cruiser of online sources. Probably that is why I got nothing in this case.
First, I have been corrected don’t type out Sri Yantra–only shriyantra, or shrichakra, without any result at all, the result I’ve got putting the simple word ‘yantra’ in the search box. It gave me the right to read 100 words of the entire 137 free of charge. I did it. After reading all materials I could find in my life, after collecting the more difficult star polygons (people don’t have any idea what it is), after posting the three tens notes on topic on this site, yes, I’ve read 100 words of the entire 137.
Second, they asked me to pay £14.99 / year to read other 37 words of the entire 137. Impressive site, right? In design, yes, in content, guess.
Probably, I AM the lazy cruiser searching online information. How about lazy authors of Encylopaedia Britannica?
But let’s not to be harsh on them, do you know that you can move ‘yantra’ and ‘mandala’ pictures in the diffrent directions on this picture by your fingers using iPad sensitive screen?
The article ‘Sri Yantra’ is extremely short, 6 paragraphs and one list, 6 reference books, and 3 external links. Is that ALL the ancient symbol deserves to be presented on the one of the biggest English-speaking sites on the web?! How about my favorite ten books on topic worthy to read?
The team of people baked the review doesn’t look good for a one solid reason: not everyone of them believes in mathematical algorithm for drawing this polygon by tools at all. Information presented recently concerns mainly and only general description of a diagram.
In the list of structure terms the first is called “Trailokya Mohan or Bhupar, a square of three lines with four portals”. Prof. S.K.Ramachandra Rao in his book Sri-Chakra Its Yantra, Mantra and Tantra (Bangalore, 1982, 2008) uses ‘Trailokyamohana’ and ‘bhu-pura”, pp. 26-27. The same situation is with all other enclosures. Today is June, 18, 2013. What has happened with Indian tradition to write and pronounce Devanagari and its romanized form?
I’ve spent thirty minutes trying to understand what the whole article means. The entire trial IS so hopeless there is nothing to do to help. Hence, no comment.