3. THE SRI YANTRA
AKA - The most powerful symbol in the cosmos.
AKA - Map from material existence to enlightenment
AKA - The first symbol I used for the first Ekaminhale top
"Symbols like the yantra are transformers of our psychic energy - such symbols alone allow us to discover a ‘missing part of the whole man’ that makes life joyful, radiant and infinitely meaningful. " - Madhu Khanna
Before we get into the Morning Pages and the Special Offer (just for people who have completed the series) I want to talk about symbols - in particular the Sri Yantra and what it has to do with those of us that practice yoga.
As I mentioned earlier I had this conflict going on inside me about selling shirts. I really had a hard time telling people that they should buy one because I didn’t believe it was necessary. If people wanted one great but I didn't believe you needed it.
Still my life was telling me something different because people kept asking me to buy them. This is where I missed the point entirely and not until I started to learn more about the Sri Yantra did I figure it out.
I wasn’t selling shirts.
I was bringing symbols into people’s lives. Even my own.
And just like Yoga you don’t need to understand how it works in order for it to have an affect you. It’s not about understanding with the mind.
Yoga and Symbols go beyond the mind. They awaken “that missing part of the whole man”.
“Man is need of a symbolic life…..but we have no symbolic life…..have you got a corner somewhere in your houses that you perform the rites as you see in India?” - Carl Jung
I clued into this when the people didn't practice started buying my shirts. Why did they like them? The same reason that I was drawn to the Sri Yantra in the first place.
Symbols are not something that is created by men to serve the ego. Symbols are "discovered" by men when they explore the unconscious. They point to the mysteries there, the unknown, something hidden.
We can use Yoga and Symbols as tools to explore and most importantly listen to that part of us that we share as humans.
I have absolutely no qualms about recommending that you get into both of them. In fact it is a necessity in a world where we are heading into the opposite direction.
When I clued into the power of the Sri Yantra I pretty much haven’t stopped wearing the shirts since. After about 2 years I had maybe 10 or 20 of these tank tops lying around the house and was so bored of them.
After I understood the power of this symbol I started wearing one everyday.
I literally have these tops on all the time even if it’s just under my t-shirt. I think it’s why you will still see some of the teachers I gave them to like David Robson and Mark Darby 3 years ago now still wearing them. Either that or they just don’t like shopping.
“Sri Yantra is the symbol of Mahamaya. It has been experienced by many and also stated in the scriptures that when we wear a yantra, when we wear the symbol of any cosmic force, it acts like a magnet to attract that cosmic energy. So when we concentrate or practise meditation on Sri Yantra or any other yantra, we are using that as a tool to focus the cosmic energy within us.” - Yogamag, Bihar School of Yoga.
“A Yantra thus maps the road of eternal return, and the way to inner wholeness. Escaping from the web of Maya, the adept gradually discovers their eternal being through the yantra’s symbols. When they have eternalized all the symbols of the cosmos and their body “becomes” the yantra, the adept is no longer alienated from the truth that the symbol illustrates, but is transformed into the truth that they seek.”
Im not going to get into the whole way the Sri Yantra works in this post, just like I can’t teach Yoga in 500 words. The truth is it that it's not even necessary.
Although the Sri Yantra does have many deep and intricate layers of symbolism that can take a lifetime to learn I’m going to tell you what it symbolizes to me and possibly to you if you are practicing yoga with this intention.
The Sri Yantra symbolizes a part of my being that I share with nature and with the world. A part that is eternal and doesn’t die when my body does. I know this part of me exists because yoga has been one of the ways I am able to experience it. It’s this experience, the experience that is “not-knowing” that keeps me coming back each day.
When I put the Sri Yantra on the shirt my intention was to create something that represented that reason for practicing and even though I didn’t know that was exactly what the Sri Yantra meant somehow that was what happened.
Intention matters. It matters more than techniques and methods. When your intention is worked out the process will reveal itself.
The Inward Journey
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” - CG Jung
For anyone who is taking the inward journey using the tools of Symbols, Ashtanga yoga and the Morning Pages I have a special offer for you.
Click this link below to see what I came up with......offer ends in 24 hours.