Thursday, September 5, 2013

Day 5 Shades of Grey

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Made with a #2 pencil, an old compass, and a square coaster this particular Mandala Yantra is a direct result of the materials at hand. Taking that into consideration, I still cannot overlook the sharp contrast to the rainbow post of yesterday.  So, enquiring minds want to know; what does it mean when your Mandala is grey? black? white? Although there was but one implement for color to make this drawing, it is clear that all three of these "colors" are present here.
Today's quest reveals:
(From Mandala Symbolism)
Black = darkness, evil, death and mystery; it belongs to what cannot be consciously known
           = it speaks of emptiness, the womb and the chaos of beginnings, the descent of spirit into
              matter and time
           = it represents the absolute boundary beyond which life ceases and so expresses the idea of
               nothingness, of extinction
           = the original, abundant, inexhaustible source of energy that initiates the process
White = purity, virginity, and spirituality; daylight, clarity and order
           = signifies light itself, nonmaterial and otherworldly
           = innocence of the newborn and those reborn to new awareness of spiritual matters
           = often reflects ambivalence about powerful spiritual experiences, a breakthrough into
              unknown transpersonal dimensions of the psyche
(From The Meaning of Dark blue,purple,black,gray,and white in a Mandala)
Grey   =Grey color is the neutral color, the combination of black and white colors. It can be seen as the expression of                      the balanced state of contrasts.
                =If a color is the expression of emotions, then gray color is like a state of no-color, it can say about the lack of                        feelings and sometimes depression.
As the maker contemplates the process and the end product, individual interpretations will reflect any combination of these ideas in conjunction with related concepts associated with shapes and forms used in the imagery. So much to learn...
"There are various forms of mandalas with distinct concepts and different purposes. The individual representations range from the so-called Cosmic Mandalas, which transmit the ancient knowledge of the development of the universe and the world-systems which represents a high point among Mandalas dedicated to meditation; to the Mandalas of the Medicine Buddha which demonstrates how the Buddha-power radiates in all directions, portraying the healing power of the Buddha.
The symbolism of meditation Mandalas has a rich tradition. The outer form of these so-called holy circles is a geometrical diagram, a Yantra, and each detail of its construction has symbolic meaning. The essence or purpose of the Mandala is concerned with the process of invocation, the calling in and realization of the spiritual force within the contemplator himself. All these different picture-tools have essentially the same inner meaning and purpose, but there are mandalas to suit all levels of consciousness: for the spiritually highly developed, for average people and for people not yet developed." ~Buddhist Studies

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