Almost every child had a kaleidoscope. It is a fun toy with colored patterns inside which with the lens movement turned into amazing pictures. English physicist David Brewster invented kaleidoscope in 1816. But the images of kaleidoscope are rooted in the history of ancient India, in the technique of creating mandalas.
Tibetan translation of the Sanskrit word “mandala” (dkyil-‘khor) literally means “that which surrounds the center”. “Center” carries the meaning, and what surrounds mandala is presented in the form of a circle symbol. It expresses its value. Although not all mandalas have a circular shape.
“The Mandala is the map of the inner world. If we want to become familiar with the inner world we need to venture in to meditation”.
Lama Anagarika Govind.
There are many definitions of what is the mandala, and all of them are true from different perspectives and from different states of consciousness.
So the mandala is a geometric composition symbolizing the spiritual, cosmic and psychic order.
In Sanskrit, “mandala” means: circle, disk, ball, orbit, ring, circle, wheel, ball, round bandage, circular building troops, district, territory, country, set, group, collection, society, a part of the Rigveda, a genus of plants, victim.
It can be drawn and plotted, built of sand or portrayed on the ground. It serves as ritual object moving towards the inner center. The mandala fixes condition of its creator, individual expression of its traditional ideas.
What does drawing of mandalas gives:
- awakening of self-healing resources
- finding the inner center of power
- increase the level of self-acceptance and self-esteem
- harmonization of identity
- new view of the situation
- meditation experience
Mandala drawing will help you to resolve your internal conflicts, to find answers to questions, express your feelings.
While drawing mandalas, we get closer to ourselves, we move toward harmony, make connection with your inner resources.