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.

Russian Branch of Indian Bough of Sri Yantra Researchers’ Bunch, or Bulk Blocky Blogging Art Forever

Congratulations, Russian Wiki has yet a page on Sri Yantra in August 2013 as far as I can see! The fun is in five minutes we shall have all juicy stuff from it 🙂
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We are lucky, the article is short enough and simple to be divided into the three tiny parts. (1) Introduction, Shri-Yantra and so on, male-female principles, blah-blah-blah. (2) Construction of Sri Yantra (Rus: Postroienie Shri-Yantry), and here we go: there are 4 equations of the 16th power. (3) Example of building (Rus: Primer postroeniya) with a childish internet-faceless interpretation which will lead you nowhere to waste your time (not mine).

The most sensible part in Russian wiki page is a remark of 4 equations of the 16th power. Yes, it goes from the article written by A. Kulaichev: Sriyantra and Its Mathematical Properties: Indian Journal of History of Science, 19 (3): p.279-292 (1984) and this work I have mentioned some times in biblio in my previous blogs.

If you are still interested in my general and kind opinion: mathematical methods used by A. Kulaichev didn’t exist in the time of Sri Yantra was born, the author understands it as well as we are, and what Alexander Kulaichev doesn’t understand at all (and his followers in the Russian Federation) is HOW MORE DIFFICULT STAR POLYGONS were born from the same ancient algorithm indigenous to Sri Yantra we all love so much.

Why people cannot just put a simple word ‘master’ after ‘Sri Yantra’ and google it. Yes, !@#$% computers cannot solve the mathematical mystery of Sri Yantra but they can be that as it may to google what we need, right?

Let me show you what the real mathematics is.

“An astronomer, a physicist, and a mathematician (it is said) were holidaying in Scotland. Glancing from the train window, they observed a black sheep in the middle of a field. ‘How interesting,’observed the astronomer,’all Scottish sheep are black!’ To which the physicist responded, ‘No, no! Some Scottish sheep are black!’ The mathematician gazed heavenward in supplication, and then intoned, ‘In Scotland there exists at least one field, containing at least one sheep, at least one side of which is black.’”

Mathematics exists everywhere and every second and writing on Sri Yantra preferably to be simple, short, and specific (3S–dimension), and I cannot say it about Russian wiki Sri Yantra page.

(This is a real pleasure to read this unpretentious, straightforward, and user-friendly blog of mine, isn’t it?)

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.


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’’


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.


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.


 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.