What is a Painted Prayer?
Painted Prayers are Yantras. Yantras are sacred geometric designs that act as doorways to Divine Spiritual Energy for the purpose of accessing the powerful qualities and attributes, (see “How to Choose” in the menu above), that each Yantra embodies. Some of the spiritual qualities can include: spiritual realization, wisdom, health, compassion, happiness, prosperity, the removal of obstacles, and many more!
“Yantra” is a Sanskrit word that comes from “yam” meaning to control or subdue and “tra” meaning an “instrument” or “machine”. They are machines that can “subdue”, or rather contain, cosmic energies and are mediums that manifest amazing spiritual and universal truths into our lives. Each shape and symbol in a Yantra (like dots, triangles, circles, squares, lotus flowers shapes and so forth) have specific meanings that when put together into various sacred geometric patterns help to energize and manifest these certain spiritual qualities. No matter what the outer structure, all matter is made up of the same basic unity – Divine Consciousness.
How to Use a Yantra
Yantras can actually be found in all kinds of spiritual traditions, though few people really understand what many Yantras stand for. Though a Yantra can impact you on a sub-conscious level without your having to actively work with it, the magical qualities of Yantras are best accessed when the Yantra acts as a meditation tool. By focusing the mind on the various symbols of the Yantra and the meanings these symbols convey, you can more easily attract what the Yantra represents into your life. Certain powerful chants (or mantras) can also be spoken out loud, or silently, while meditating on a specific Yantra to help further empower and manifest the qualities of the Yantra.
Yantras are also powerful aspects of Tantra Yoga, which is the practice of simultaneously concentrating on a Yantra and its corresponding Mantra in order to balance the male and female, (or opposite polarities), within us. This process begins Divinely unifying a peaceful wholeness within. Yantras are actually manifested spiritual mantras that are of great visual assistance in steadying and focusing the mind during the practice of meditation.
Science of Mantra
The science of mantra is very ancient and was once widely practiced in all parts of the world. Reference to mantra is found in the oldest Vedic scriptures, which are claimed to be more than 5,000 years old.
Literally, the word mantra means ‘revealed sound’. According to the ancient texts, mantra means a sound or a combination or sequences of sounds which develop spontaneously. These sounds were revealed to rishis and other pure beings in psychic states or in very deep meditation, when all consciousness of the self was lost and when nothing but inner light shone in front of them.
Mantras do not have any specific meaning. Their power is not in the words themselves, but in the sound vibrations created when the mantra is uttered verbally or when it takes form in the mind, (as a yantra), and is not expressed in the voice.
Mantra brings about state of resonance between the individual and the depths of his inner being. They allow the individual to unleash inner cosmic powers, forces and knowledge. The sound patterns of the mantra stimulate a certain effect on the mental and psychic nature of an individual. Each mantra will create, or draw out, a specific symbol within one’s psyche.
There are two important points regarding mantras that should be taken into account. Firstly, mantra should never be misunderstood to be the name of a particular god of a particular religion. There should be no conflict between your religion and mantra. Many people think they cannot repeat Om Namah Shivaya because they would be reciting the name of a Hindu god when they are Christian or Muslim.
Secondly, a mantra cannot be translated. Translation alters the sound. Even though mantras are found in Hinduism, in Buddhism, Catholicism, in Islam and among the Parsis and other religions and sects, they are never translated. If you change the succession and order of the sounds, the mantra ceases to be a mantra. If you translate the words you may have a very beautiful prayer, but not a mantra. -MantraScience.com