ART BY PAUL HEUSSENSTAMM
DEVANAGARI BY DR. JOHN CASEY
pronunciation guide: ‘ai’ as in ‘aisle’ ‘i’ as in ‘police’ ‘au’ as in German ‘haus frau’
‘m’ like the ‘n’ in French word ‘bon’ ‘h’ markes an aspiration followed with a subtle echo of an ‘u’ sound.
Yantras are geometric designs or mystic diagrams representing cosmic principles, developed as contemplative tools to help focus awareness on higher ideals and the divine archetypes that represent
them. Of all the traditional Hindu yantras, perhaps the most revered is the Sri Yantra, also known as the
Sri Chakra or “Glorious Circle.”
About 10 years ago, I was asked by Dr. Deepak Chopra and the late Dr. David Simon to create a painting
which would be used for meditation by the participants in their teacher training programs. This particular Sri Yantra was chosen and has been used widely ever since. Each student at the Chopra Center
is given this Yantra to continue their practice beyond their training.
Yantra Meditation is an ancient way of using symbolic patterns to reach enlightenment through the eyes
and is said to penetrate deep into the psyche. The Bindu, or central triangle, pointing down represents
universal feminine energy. The upward pointing triangles symbolize the masculine, perfectly balancing
and harmonizing one’s own energies.
One way to expand consciousness is to see the Yantra as soon as our eyes open in the morning and again
before sleeping. Drawing or painting Yantras will heighten and attune our capacity to focus awareness.
More information about Paul Heussenstamm and his work is available at Mandalas.com
Dr. John Casey teaches classes in Sanskrit and Yoga philosophy and Buddhism at Loyola Marymount University,
Chapman University, and Yoga studios around the world. Bellarmine.lmu.edu/yoga/