ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TAOISM (UNITED NOTE ON ONE UNITY): Yī 一 one, oneness, unity

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A couple of quotes from the Routledge edition, 2008:

“The idea of Oneness or underlying unity is first expressed in the Daode jing, where the Dao is linked immediately with the One, which it brings forth directly. The One is “the Great Beginning (Zhuangzi 12) and the unified state of creation.”—Livia Kohn.

“In human beings the One is present as primordial qi or cosmic vital energy, the power that makes people come to life and be what they are. Conserving and guarding this cosmic power leads to immortality.”—Livia Kohn.

Nice and simple idea expressed nicely in simplicity. Nothing to add but a cup of green tea.

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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 Encylopaedia Britannica Rough Comment (Roughness is Mine)

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.

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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?

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 Second Series, The Last Sri Yantra #18 (Third Series is Next)

SRI YANTRA #18, 1994

6 points of touch in kernel

14+10+10+8=42 colour triangles in kernel

Diameter of kernel 10.9 cm; 4 1/4’’

Diameter of mandala min 15.5 cm; 6 1/16’’; max  19.7 cm; 7 3/4’’

Diagonal of defence square 27.7 cm; 10 7/8’’

Side of defence square max 23.4 cm; 9 3/16’’

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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.

Both Sri Yantra #17 and #18 are the last pair open for public eye and for sale, and I have to underline the fact that in timeline they are closer than others to the time when the algorithm was just discovered (5 January 1994) but it took several months more before I really could enjoy a process of creating my own collection.  The basic colours of Sri Yantra #18 are red, blue, and yellow.  Mekhala and Bhupura (mandala and square of defence) have three black lines of different width, increasing in inside out direction.

 I cannot help myself to say something about cult of simplicity in eastern countries widely spread among educated people in the past.  I know that I can sit at my favourite desk and make up any kind of complexity (if you have seen more difficult star polygons you would understand what I’m talking about), but these two stars ARE closer to the first experience and greatest joy of discovery of the algorithm.  It was enlightenment.  I was speechless three days, I am still  happy 15 years after that, I am just happy like a person who can see the world by the same eyes as a person three millenniums ago in another point of globe.  No boundaries in time and space.

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The idea of Sri Chakra was a source for many people during long time, and these two stars #17 and #18 were the most powerful source for the whole collection and for the entire life of author.  Y’know, 15 years have passed, and I have a reason to think about their beauty to the end of the days.

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 The full story of glory and coolness 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 seen here, I hope.

 

The Second Series: Penultimate Sri Yantra #17

SRI YANTRA #17, 1994

 6 points of touch in kernel

14+10+10+8=42 colour triangles in kernel

Diameter of kernel 10.9 cm; 4 5/16’’

Diameter of mandala min 15.4 cm; 6 1/16’’; max  19.7 cm; 7 3/4’’

Diagonal of defence square 27.2 cm; 10 3/4’’

Side of defence square max 23.6 cm; 9 1/4’’

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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.

 Sri Yantra #17 and #18 are the last pair open for public eye and for sale, and I have to underline the fact that in timeline they are closer than others to event when the algorithm was just discovered (5 January 1994) but it took several months more before I really could enjoy a process of creation my own collection.  

 The basic colours of Sri Yantra #17 are red, green, and yellow. Mekhala and Bhupura (mandala and square of defence) has three black lines of different width, increasing in inside out direction.

 I cannot help myself to say something about cult of simplicity in eastern countries widely spread among educated people in the past.  I know that I can sit at my favourite desk and make up any kind of complexity (if you have seen more difficult star polygons you would understand what I’m talking about), but these two stars ARE closer to the first experience and greatest joy of discovery of the algorithm.  It was enlightenment.  I was speechless three days, I am still  happy 15 years after that, I am just happy like a person who can see the world by the same eyes as a person three millenniums ago in another point of globe.  No boundaries in time and space.

 Frankly I have said almost all I had to say to levitate our conversation long enough. If you liked anything don’t hesitate to contact me any time online.  

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The whole story of glory 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 /!!!!!!!/ variations of more difficult star polygons, Sri Sarvabhava Yantra (part of them) can be seen here soon, I guess.

 

 

 

Four Posts Under Slogan: Transparent and Half-transparent? Sounds Naked Enough…

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SRI YANTRA #16, 1994

 

6 points of touch in kernel

14+10+10+8=42 colour triangles in kernel

Diameter of kernel 10.9 cm; 4 1/4’’

Diameter of mandala min 15.5 cm; 6 1/8’’; max  19.9 cm; 7 13/16’’

Diagonal of defence square 28 cm; 11’’

Side of defence square max 23.1 cm; 9 1/16’’

 

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.

Sri Yantra #16 is a blue twin sister of previously described item.  It has a bit greater diameter, 4 1/4’’, and with mathematically exact straight lines it adds beauty to this kind of art.  The outermost 14-pointed star polygon is drawn inside of thin and contrast thick circles.  The outside diameter of Mekhala has four lines and they form two green strip and one white (in centre).  Defence square contains four gates, three black lines contour and full green edge.

 

The mathematical exactness of the whole collection (including this one) gives a tool for those who practice such kind of meditation.  It is highly organised piece of paper and lines, it’s a symbol of very, sometimes extremely difficult laws of nature human can never understand, and simple beauty surrounding us in a drop of rain, leaves on the trees or anything else — in the same time. All kind of imagination is inside the chakras.  That is.  The problem is how to get it out.

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The smart and cool story of discovery of 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 at least) can be uploaded here sooner or later, I suppose.