Friday, July 28, 2006

Sahaja Yoga - Indigenous mandala

Sahaja Yoga-Indigenous mandala
-Liallyn Fitzpatrick, July 2006

Hi Liallyn
Traditionally, mandalas have a purpose, a meaning. Each element of the mandala is there for a reason. Could you give us some background on yours?


Dear all,
Okay, well, the mandala was drawn spontaneously with the symbols just sort of expressing themselves as I progressed. I’ve been drawing mandalas for a number of years. I don’t do it for a conscious reason, they are all very different and just come off the pencil when I open the sketchbook. There are countless meaningful symbols in this world and of course only very few are included on the mandala, but the ones I drew include (moving from the centre outward):
THE SANCTUM - (Hindu / Native North American or “NNA”) at the heart of the swastika represents Kundalini energy moving through the seasons and in all sacred directions, including axis through centre = Spirit and powers of Nature as well as the various aspects of a fully developed spiritual person
THE CIRCLE DIRECTLY AROUND THE SANCTUM – (NNA / Hindu) the Sacrum, also the fence guarding the sanctum with 4 arrows of protection plus another 4 arrows at the outer edge with Kundalini in all main directions = Shri Ganesha and all his qualities, good luck. Arrows and arrowheads symbolize protection, alertness, Aboriginal traditional wisdom
LOTUS BUDS SPRINGING FROM SANCTUM – (Eastern) new generation of yogis and yoginis and ever-growing awareness and wisdom of all yogis and yoginis, growing toward the sun, the Light
8 MAORI KORU DESIGNS IN BETWEEN LOTUS BUDS – Maori Koru is inspired by spiral fern unfurling, symbolizes peace, tranquility, personal growth, positive change, awakening, new life, harmony; I included small flames of pure desire in the spiral which also represent the fire element
SECOND CIRCLE OUTSIDE SANCTUM – (NNA / Hindu) circle of water or Ida Nadi, channel of Pure Desire
THIRD CIRCLE OUTSIDE SANCTUM – (Indigenous general / Hindu ) wide band bounded by auspicious fence within which moves the Milky Way and the Ganas which inform our intuition and protect, and a chain of time running through the middle of the Milky Way and joined by four suns representing the Light, the four colours of humans, the four sacred directions, the four Grandfathers of each main direction, the four winds, etc.
OUTERMOST CIRCLE – (Saami / NNA) wide band representing the Saami lavvu (very similar to Native teepee) which one sets up at points along the journey, drawn like a M├ętis sash which sash represents collectivity, looking after each other and maintaining the nation in proper ways
LOTUS AT TIP OF LARGE ARROWS IN OUTER EDGE OF MAIN DIRECTIONS – (Hindu / Eastern / Saami) Sahasrara represented by Lotus in full bloom encircled by ancient Saami boats representing truth and wisdom, ferrying the seeker to destinations of higher connections with the Divine
EAGLE FEATHERS – (NNA) two eagle feathers pointing in each of four main directions, one above horizon, one below horizon, representing the light/dark and male/female aspects of creation; Eagle feathers represent the Chief, also strength and courage
ONE TWO-PETALED HAMSA FLANKING EACH EAGLE FEATHER – (Hindu with NNA design) each a gate through which higher and better qualities are expressed as we are transformed, as we travel on our Good Sahaja Red Road
SWASTIKA JOINING ALL PEOPLE, ELEMENTS, SYMBOLS – (Hindu / Aboriginal / NNA) symbolizes Shri Ganesha present in all aspects and elements of creation, hollow as a Divine Instrument, with Aboriginal motif around edges symbolizing the seekers traveling on the spiritual path of enlightenment to be offered by the Goddess at the feet of Lord Shiva
AT ENDS OF ARMS OF SWASTIKA – (Hopi) circle with cross and 4 dots is the Hopi symbol for the Earth, or the world, or all four worlds, and I added a square inside with four more dots outside to add the qualities of the Lord of the Earth, Shri Ganesha
TOP HALF – (Indigenous generally / Jungian) the upper world of light, which eventually permeates darkness
BOTTOM HALF – (Indigenous generally / Jungian) the lower world of darkness, which seeks to rise and be expressed in the light
EMPTY SPACES THROUGHOUT – (??) symbolizes all that we have yet to achieve and fulfill within and without, also the air, the ether, the Light

-Love, Liallyn

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just found this weblog today, and showed Franz your Mandala tonite...'Wow that's the nicest Swastika I've ever seen, so very sweet...'He didn't know it was from you or that it was a Sahaj webpage - Susi B