Sri Yantra Online: Images At The First Glance

For beginning, let’s google images of Sri Yantra. Instantly we can get five categories: Gold, Correct Colors, 3D, Wallpaper, High Resolution, and Meaning.

In general, there are hundreds and hundreds pictures of Sri Yantra: black-and-white schemes, color drawings with pictures of gods, some schemes include words or texts, some authors place a square of defense on the place of mandala, other authors can throw away any part of traditional design, we meet white images on the black surface, a-la-Microsoft colorfulness, and so on, and so on.

The most amazing are 3D printing ‘tarts’, the gold jewelry pieces, and the bronze towers. Almost forget to include images on the parts of human body, T-shirts, and cups.

Some of the images are pretty, others are ugly, the most of them are simply wrong, and the worst thing is that digital images cannot be better than artifacts of the real life. They all bear the same clumsiness like their mirroring reflections.

How’s that?

I have two explanations: (1) people on this planet (researchers included) recently don’t really have access to the mathematical sources of this sacral knowledge, and (2) common people (researchers excluded, right:) want just to get any fun by any price, and they want it here and now.

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Sri Yantra in Japan: Some Miserable Lines on Google‘n’Blogging (Don’t Read It)

I really like long Japan history, short stories of anime movies, long (too long to my taste) Japanese language textbooks and short (but never short enough) mini skirts of Japanese high school girls, small and clean houses and streets of Japanese cities, very original culture, antiquity, architecture, music, literature, flying nijia movies and solid sushi traditions, (Zen and Japanese Culture by Daisetz Suzuki above all that),  and so on (just blogging:)

Somehow I feel myself (1) miserable thinking on lack of Sri Yantra entry on Japanese wikipedia branch, and (2) sorry due to my humble achievements in study of Japanese despite the presence of absolutely stunning learning materials online and all that jazz of modern computer technologies, and so on (just blogging desperately:(

Well, Japanese people don’t look like much interested in Sri Yantra study, so why should we rock the Japanese  science boat?  Just don’t!

The most funniest stuff is when you could probably repeat my googling ‘sri yantra+japan’ you’ll get my foolish blog page in the first lines… but remember, the brightest side you’ve already learnt is what to do: don’t read it, don’t like it, don’t follow, and don’t tell your friends what embarrassment people feel after reading Sri Yantra in Japan rock’n’blog.

However, I liked the title: sounds well (like another Haruki Murakami design).

 

Sri Yantra in China: in trading unite!

Indian impact is a very decisive part of Chinese history but unfortunately my humble efforts to learn Chinese don’t help to get answers to the very simple questions:

Do Chinese educated people know Sri Yantra phenomenon? Do they have publications, books, scientists, mathematicians, geometry fans, or just curious people which are interested in the topic? Do Chinese dictionaries have the definitions of Sri Yantra, tantrism, tantric teachings, and historic references to the ancient or Middle Ages texts? How about universities’ staff and students? Is there anything important here to discuss I’ve missed due to my ignorance?

I have other questions in great numbers and those pages I have already seen online with keywords ‘sri yantra, china, chinese’ simply don’t look like we, scientists, do science at the turn of the last millennium (sarcasm:).

Good news, you could buy a T-shirt bearing the Sri Yantra symbol as well in China  as you could do it everywhere on the planet Earth online.

God bless merchandise for Sri Yantra’s sake!

Sri Yantra and the Dictionaries: Gentle Touch So To Say

Why we respect dictionaries? Yes, they are smart and strict in definitions. Let’s google ‘sri yantra dictionary’. Wow, the result is 2,300,000. Let’s check it up, at least the three pages of search engine.

Well, from the thirty sources the three deserve to be mentioned 🙂

For example, here you can find multilingual translations, thanks for that:

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The second examples gives us opportunity to get the titles of three valuable books (if you weren’t glad to get my list of ten in the previous posts 🙂 :

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And, the first place goes to the mystical one:

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Especially I liked that: Etymology, 1877. Simple like this. No reference to source. If you want, you can believe, if you don’t want, do not believe. Is everybody so free in the business of compiling dictionary entries?

I have a feeling, that now more questions walk the earth in my head than it was a couple of days before.

Why wise men are not happy dealing with the best of dictionaries?

Because we, smart people, are smarter than the smartest of them 🙂

Forget Simplicity, Forget Finnegans Wake (too long) and James Joyce (too witty), Join Me and Enjoy Self

Terms of the more difficult star polygons are much more difficult to understand than terms of Sri Yantra and there are a couple of strong reasons for that: (1) polygons become different in geometrical performance and (2) we step in the field where nobody was before us. So, let’s forget about anything simple (my previous post, for example 🙂 and say welcome to the complex world as it was always has been.

I don’t feel myself right if the title Sri Yantra will be the same for more difficult star polygons. Actually, it will be wrong. Sri Sarvabhava Yantra (‘Sri Yantra derived from Beyond’)– this is the term I am going to coin and use to denote the 18-pointed class of star polygons (forming by 11 or 12 interlacing basic triangles). For example,  usually it is the first chakra which follows after Sarvasankshobhana chakra (the inner ring of eight lotus petals).

There are fourteen cards in my private collection of terms for new chakras, and the first description is in the beginning of the list:

1 Sarvabhava chakra — usually the first 18-pointed star polygon made by superimposition of eight isosceles triangles (not 14-pointed like in the case of Sarvasaubhagyadayaka chakra of Sri Yantra.

2 Mahamaya chakra — usually the second chakra (following Sarvabhava chakra) formed by 14-pointed polygon (of course, it isn’t equal to Sarvasaubhagyadayaka chakra, because this is just another level of difficulty than that we had seen in Sri Yantra before).

3 Sarvajnanamaya chakra — believe or not, this is the second rim of 18-pointed polygon, absolutely unique image of ten isosceles triangles.

4 Atmajnana chakra — the second 14-pointed star polygon inside of previous 18-pointed one (still don’t believe?), another rim of ten isosceles triangles.

5 and 6 Sarvanavadyanga chakra ( the 10-pointed polygon of ten triangles) or Vajramaya chakra (the variation of 10-pointed polygon formed by superimposition of 12 or 13 isosceles triangles, asymmetrical up-down, descending or ascending in variants). These two chakras cannot be in one yantra together.

7 and 8 Instead of Sarvanavadyanga chakra (5) and Vajramaya chakra (6) on this level can be seen other two variants: Sarvamoksabhava chakra or Bhuvaneshvari chakra. Sarvamoksabhava chakra (7) consists of 8-pointed polygon, asymmetrical up-down, formed by 9 basic isosceles triangles.

Bhuvaneshvari chakra (8) is 6-pointed polygon and its main feature is that its formed by intersection of twelve (!!!!) basic isosceles triangles. Absolutely unique composition, crazy to perform.

The cards 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 have descriptions of penultimate chakras which can be – as far as I can see it now in 2013 – in five variants.

9 Prajnaparamita chakra (the second inner chakra from double 8-pointed star polygon) is formed by a superimposition of 13 (!!!) isosceles triangles, descending, i.e. asymmetrical up-down.

10 Bhuvaneshvari chakra, or Star of David (or Star of Ishvara) — the independent 6-pointed hexagram put inside irregular hexagon itself.

11 The last variation of Bhuvaneshvari chakra used as the end of Sri Sarvabhava Yantra (14 basic triangles intersection, yes).

12 Shaktitrikona chakra — the primary independent isosceles female triangle hanging down (East) as inner part of Bhuvaneshvari chakra or Sarvasiddhiprada chakra (equilateral triangle).

13 Brahmayoni chakra — the central red rhombus, forming by a superimposition of twelve (!!!) isosceles basic triangles, the end of Sri Sarvabhava Yantra. Extremely rare to see and extremely difficult to perform. And if you think they don’t exist, you are absolutely right. But not in my case.

14 This is the last and ending sign, Sambhogamaya chakra, or a central, very small circus, or a painted red dot, the end of geometrical structure in the entire Sri Sarvabhava Yantra design.

Considering the pioneering feature of investigation the all terms in this post are coined by me, all probably have errors in translation from English into Sanskrit (I cannot see mistakes because I am a happy and blind author of it), but I keep digging it during long, long, long polar nights and days, of course.

Please, don’t bother themselves searching further information online – there is nothing of the kind (wiki, research centers, encyclopedias, books, and magazines have nothing to say on this topic at all and go to hell)  — because what you have got from this humble post is unique, once in life kind of two millennium experience for one. Just accept my sincere congratulation on reading Latinize Sanskrit to the end.

Forget James Joyce and his hundreds pages of texts, forget simplicity, join me and enjoy self.

 

The middle way using the basic terms on Sri Yantra looks for me simple

The geometrical drawing can be called Shri yantra, Sri-yantra, Navayony Chakra, Nava-chakra, Sri-Chakra, Shri-chakra, and my favorite name is Sri Yantra (because this is simple). Bhupura (the outer square with four gates), Mekhala (three concentric circles inside Bhupura), and Trailokyamohana chakra (yellow or colorful space between Bhupura and Mekhala) are four terms before we look at rings of lotus.

Sarvasaparipuraka chakra ((the outer ring of sixteen lotus petals) and Sarvasankshobhana chakra (the inner ring of eight lotus petals) seem good enough for naming them easy too.

Sarvasaubhagya-dayaka chakra (the first 14-pointed star polygon inside Mekhala), Sarvarthasadhaka chakra (the outer 10-pointed star polygon), Sarvaraksha-kara chakra (the inner 10-pointed star polygon), Sarva-rogahara chakra (the 8-pointed star polygon), Sarvasiddhi-prada chakra (the primary triangle, red or empty), and Sarvananda-maya chakra (the central dot) are other six terms to make the end of the first description.

Twelve terms (4+2+6) are good to begin, right?

For reference: Sri-Chakra: Its Yantra, Mantra and Tantra by Prof. S.K.Ramachandra Rao (Second Edition, Delhi, 2008 pp.26-49) was used.

I really don’t want to use English translations instead of Sanskrit terms because it makes back tracking of ideas so difficult (and I mean not only Sanskrit words but ultra modern Chinese and Japanese publications also) and almost impossible without special (actually, huge) background in languages and cultures. So, (1) I use Latinize simplified form of Sanskrit without diacritical signs of pronunciation and (2) don’t dream to use Devanagari for the same reason: do not make the gape between me and people greater (believe or not, it is great enough already, just look careful all my posts here 🙂

Frankly, I do it following my aged instinct and not for the goal to harm somebody’s feeling at all.

 

More Transparent and Half-transparent…

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SRI YANTRA #14,1994

 

6 points of touch in kernel

14+10+10+8=42 colour triangles into a kernel

Diameter of a kernel 10 cm; 3 15/16’’

Diameter of a mandala min 14.1 cm; 5 9/16’’; max  17.9 cm; 7 1/6’’

Diagonal of a defence square 25.4 cm; 10’’

Side of a defence square max 25 cm; 9 13/16’’

 

 The whole collection 1994-95 Sri Yantra and More Difficult Star Polygons consists of 32 items. Some of them are in the private collections, some of them aren’t for sale at all.  Every item is covered by half-transparent protective paper fixed back right side by small drops of glue, it flips easily and/or can be promptly removed.

 The Sri Yantra #14 is a twin sister of #13.  The difference is in blue colour.  The lines of polygons are 0.25 mm, and the main feature of this star is its mathematical exactness as a result of following strict ancient set of rules. The line of red lotus petals are a bit greater then line for green petals (outer ring).  There are four lines in outer circle of mandala and two green strips, inner circle is white.  Bhupura (square of defence) is double svastika, triple black line and full green colour.  So, the technical description is the same like previous one.

 As I have said before electronic image doesn’t have the same impression as original, and now I am watching original drawing, and every time I do it I want to touch paper by fingers just to feel for a second the track of ink  line made 15 years ago.  I don’t know why but I am proud of the fact that nobody in the world can repeat the stars with such thinness of lines in two variations and draw More Difficult Star Polygons the same time.  All stars including the most difficult have the same root in history of human knowledge, the fact makes me amused.

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The cool story of discovery of the ancient mathematical algorithm, its perfection in two variations (easy 6-points of touch and more complex 10-points of touch) of Sri Yantra and nine, NINE /!!!!!!/ variations of more difficult star polygons, Sri Sarvabhava Yantra (part of them) can be upload here in June, 2012.