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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mayan Mandala

Here is something of interest: I recently came across this representation of the Maya conception of the universe, and I immediately recognised it as a version of a Mandala. of course, the elements within it are rather rearranged but the basic concept seems to be much the same as the older Hindu world map cited at the end of the "Pretty Ladies and the Indus Script" article in conjunction with the part on Patoli/Parchisi, but also comparable to the Tibetan mandala shown beliw the Mayan diagram here. In the Mayan diagram, the pyramid (Teocalli) is in the same position as Mount Meru in the Indian and Tibetan mandalas, both Hindu and Buddhist varieties alike.

Mandala

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    
Maṇḍala is a Sanskrit word that means "circle". In the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions their sacred art often takes a mandala form. The basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the shape of a T.[1][2]
These mandalas, concentric diagrams, have spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism.[3][4] The term is of Hindu origin and appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. In the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism, mandalas have been developed into sandpainting. They are also a key part of anuttarayoga tantra meditation practices.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. According to the psychologist David Fontana, its symbolic nature can help one "to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises."[5] The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as "a representation of the unconscious self,"[citation needed] and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality.[6]
In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the Universe from the human perspective {See more at Wikipedia Article "Mandala"]
3D Mandala
Best Wishes, Dale D.

(The Mayan Mandalka is from this site:
http://giuseppepatrizio.blogspot.com/2011/03/into-mayan-culture-black-howler-monkey.html
Which I was actually using to look up something in connection to the monkey: the name for the monkey seems to have meant a kind of Wildman at one time. Article to follow)

3 comments:

  1. Was that 3D Mandala made with Lego's?

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  2. Possibly, but when they are done in 3D, they all tend to come out looking like that because they are built up in various stages. And if it was made of Legos, guess what? it would still be spiritually significant. Ordinarily Tibetan Mandalas are made out of what you would call dirt (sand) and yet they hold great spiritual significance.

    Best Wishes, Dale D.
    PS, I would still prefer you did not post messages anonymously and I reseve the right to kill any anonymous posting if only for the reason that it has been posted anonymously.

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