What are the Flower of Life and Sri Yantra?
The Flower of Life and Sri Yantra are meaningful spiritual symbols, which are several thousand years old and becoming increasingly popular nowadays. These impressing patterns of Sacred Geometry are often worn as jewellery, especially pendants and necklaces. Yet what are these mysterious symbols all about? Read on and find out!
Sacred Geometry deals with the geometric forms, which underlie the creation of life and therefore represent the manifestation of the divine. The infinity of the universe and the connection of the spiritual and the material world finds expression in Sacred Geometry. The entire creation is interwoven and connected by geometric patterns. Thus, all existence can be understood based on the mathematical principles of Sacred Geometry and traced back to various geometric forms, such as the Golden Ratio, the Platonic Solids, Metatron's Cube, the Flower of Life, and Sri Yantra.
The symbol of the Flower of Life
The Flower of Life is a geometric figure associated with the creation of the universe and its mysteries. It is the blueprint of all matter as well as sound and consciousness. It is said to portray the cosmos, since in ancient times the circle represented the universe and the cosmos.
The Flower of Life is a circle surrounded and intersected by six other circles, which in turn are also surrounded by six circles. The six intersecting circles touch each other like petals of a flower, hence the name of the symbol. The 19 intertwined circles form a hexagram.
The Flower of Life in architecture and art
The forms of Sacred Geometry have been used for centuries in the construction of buildings and monuments of sacred or religious nature. The Flower of Life exists worldwide and in different cultures. For example, it can be found in numerous monasteries and churches in Europe, the ruins of Kabyle in Bulgaria, in Masada in Israel, in Ephesus in Turkey and the Inca ruins in Peru.
The Temple of Osiris in Abydos is one of the oldest structures, which represents the Flower of Life in various parts of the building. In the temple of Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, India, one of the holiest temples of the Sikh religion, the Flower of Life can be seen in the corridor surrounding the temple. In addition, at the Gate of Supreme Harmony to the Forbidden City in Beijing, there is a huge guardian lion made of stone and under its claws a ball decorated with the Flower of Life. Looking at Stonehenge from above, you can see the exact proportions of the central circle as well as the outer circle of the Flower of Life.
Some art works by Leonardo Da Vinci also contain elements of Sacred Geometry. The drawing of "The Vitruvian Man" from 1485, which shows the proportions of the human body and its limbs, is world-famous. The Mona Lisa was also created based on the principles of Sacred Geometry.
The Flower of Life in nature
In nature, the Flower of Life is especially visible in plants. For example, cut up an apple or a pawpaw and you will see the geometrically exact star shape that surrounds the seeds. Look at the inside of the blossom of a sunflower or the petals of a daisy flower. Some patterns repeat themselves from the micro and macro perspective throughout the universe.
The Flower of Life also plays a role in the development of human beings in their stage as an embryo. Thus, the Flower of Life is visible in 3D in embryonic cell division under the microscope – in its most natural and basic form.
There is no doubt that the meaning of the Flower of Life goes much deeper than we can imagine. Its secrets are considered sacred knowledge to understand life from the beginning to the end. It is said to be the power and the consciousness of God, the infinite and creation itself.
Properties and benefits of the Flower of Life
The Flower of Life is used as a healing symbol. It is often worn as a necklace or amulet to promote the harmony of the personal energy, because it raises the energy frequency and thus increases physical and mental well-being. Printed on water jugs and cups, it turns normal water into the elixir of life. It regenerates and harmonises whatever it comes in touch with.
This powerful symbol is often used in meditation. Anyone who looks at it in a deep meditative state establishes a connection to the divine. The Flower of Life contains all information about us, who we are, about our origin, about what we really are at the core. It facilitates a deep mystical experience, which cannot be described in words – but in a symbol.
Yantras – Sacred Geometry of the Vedas
According to the ancient Vedic scriptures, the knowledge of Sacred Geometry existed thousands of years ago. They contain drawings of geometric shapes to represent any kind of energy manifested by the divine intelligence. These forms are called Yantras.
Sri Yantra – the origin of life
The most famous of all Yantras is the 12,000-year-old Sri Yantra. It represents the power that creates all forms in the universe from two opposing forces: Shiva, the
male energy, and Shakti, the feminine energy. Shiva is represented by triangles pointing upwards. They are reminiscent of a mountain, an arrow or a flame and stand for stability. Shakti is represented by triangles pointing downward, which remind us of a container, a uterus, which stands for receptivity. All creation, everything that moves, dances, grows, breathes, is Shakti.
Basically, the triangles are part of all Yantras. The Sri Yantra is specifically dedicated to the goddess Lalita Tripurasundari, the personification of Shakti. The entire creation is considered a great, joyful play for the Goddess. Just like the Flower of Life, Sri Yantra symbolises the origin of the world and the power of creation.
The symbol of Sri Yantra
The 9 triangles, which make up the Sri Yantra vary in all sizes and shapes and cross each other to form the 43 smaller triangles, which are arranged in 5 concentric levels. Together, they represent the entire cosmos. The middle of the Sri Yantra represents the cosmic centre, the origin of creation.
The triangles are usually defined by two concentric circles, each consisting of 8 and 16 petals, representing the lotus of creation and the vital reproductive power. In paintings, the entire configuration is usually framed by the broken lines of an earth square, which represent a temple with four doors that open towards the four directions of the universe.
Properties and benefits of the Sri Yantra
Often the Sri Yantra is worn as a talisman or amulet. As it promotes serenity as well as concentration, it has a beneficial effect on both the body and the mind. When worn as a necklace, it also stimulates the heart chakra and opens it for love energy to flow. It is also used as a good luck charm for material and spiritual wealth.
When used for meditation, the Sri Yantra can serve as a bridge for the connection with the Absolute. It can help you to answer all questions and clarify any doubts. This is achieved by focusing on the point in the middle of the perfectly symmetrical symbol, the so-called Bindu. Through concentrated meditation with the Sri Yantra, you can gain a higher consciousness as well as a deep understanding of the world and what lays beyond.
The third eye, the pineal gland and the Sri Yantra
The concentrated gaze upon the central point, the Bindu, of the Sri Yantra has been proved to induce positive changes in the brain and stimulate the pineal gland as it directs full attention to the third eye. The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland. It is located almost exactly in the middle of the brain, between the two brain hemispheres. It produces melatonin, the hormone that affects sleep patterns. It also releases dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which provides a higher state of consciousness. The
pineal gland is often referred to as the "Seat of the Soul" as well as the third eye, and is associated with the sixth chakra.
As you can see, both the Flower of Life and Sri Yantra are very profound spiritual symbols. In order to better understand their impact and meaning, wear them around your neck as a pendant or use them for meditation. Only then can you become aware of the entire mystical depth, for which they merely serve as a symbol.