The History of the Mandala

Posted by Marcus Redpath on 14th Jan 2021

The History of the Mandala

DistinctAndUnique has an awesome collection of Mandalas. Cut from wood and available in several different sizes we have the perfect wall piece for your home or zen den!

Where did they come from?

The meaning of the word mandala in Sanskrit is circle. Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. The circular designs symbolizes the idea that life is never ending and everything is connected. The mandala also represents spiritual journey within the individual viewer. So the first level is understanding the unity in cosmos and secondly each individual must find their own place within it. It is sometimes drawn as a circle enclosing a square with a deity on each side that is mainly used to aid in meditation and yoga. Mandalas have many uses apart from meditation as the the designs are meant to remove irritating thoughts and allow the creative mind to run free as well as relaxation. But ultimately people create and look at mandalas to centre the body and mind.

How to use the mandalas in meditation?

The primary use for mandalas is as a form of meditation to gain knowledge from within. The mandalas are symbolic images which when meditated on can bring profound inner transformation. So the first step is to select a mandala that strongly appeals to you. Then you focus on the intention that you want to bring into your life and then take in the beautiful design of the mandala by gently gazing at the design. If your mind starts to think about daily stresses simply bring your focus back to the beauty of the mandala. The beauty of the mandala should absorb all your attention by being draw into the designs and colours. Gradually you will feel yourself more relaxed and a feeling of lightness and intuitive thoughts may arise. Allow yourself to float with it and if your thoughts starts to wander just relax and refocus your attention back on the mandala. The first time you meditate on mandala it is enough with 5 minutes and gradually build it up to 15 minutes as you get more experience.

COLOURSMEANINGS
RedStrength, more energy and passion
PinkLove, femininity and intuition
OrangeCreativity, self-awareness, intuition & transformation
Yellow/Natural WoodWisdom, learning, laughter and happiness
GreenPhysical healing , psychic ability, nature and caring
BlueEmotional healing, inner peace and meditation
PurpleAll things spiritual, for spiritual focus
BlackDeep thinking, mystery and individuality