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ahead. A young hunter, not yet initiated into manhood and still psychologically attached to the protection of his mother, may faint at the sight of a charging buffalo. An initiation is a rite of passage. The passage to another world of interaction, another level of identity and another stage of life. Before one can be born again one must die. A death experience is of such import, that initiations across the world often involve mock burials. Initiation is the threshold where we shed the skin of our old self to take on a glimmering new suit of identity. A yantra or mandala is essentially a technical diagram or structure, though the later is often circular. It is a potent expression of alchemical art as well as an integral part of the Yogic experience. These diagrams, imbued with supernatural power, appear in the mundane world yet remain hidden. In spiritual terms the yantra is a dynamic receptacle where the world of man, spirit and god intersect. In other words, it establishes a place where different ’orders of things’ converge. The yantra is an instrument that engenders an awareness of that which is generally imperceptible. We are surrounded by undetectable forces. Modern technology allows us to tune into what would otherwise be, nothing, but invisible waves. The television, radio and computer are based on a pattern of circuits. The circuit board itself, is a yantric formula, an interlinking design that connects various components (transistors, resistors and capacitors). Ironically, even the appearance of some integrated circuits resemble traditional yantras. Instead of electrical components a yantra is composed of points, lines, shapes and symbols that correspond to the psycho-physical make up of man and the spacetime, phenomenal makeup of the universe. The yantra brings the two together as one. Preserved like memories of space in time, yantras contain the world’s myths and legends. Its elements relate to the prime and incommensurable numbers, that are fundamental to both, the individual and the cosmos. The yantra establishes an opening through which invisible forces and stratas can interrelate with those of us in the visible and material world. A yantra doesn’t use electricity but it does need to be constructed, in the most sanctified manner, at the right time and place. An immaculate environment is required to produce integrated circuits. They are made in a dust free, clean room, to avoid contamination. A yantra doesn’t require a clean room but its construction does 15

The Flower of Bliss  

Part one of the Temple of Paradise Trilogy

The Flower of Bliss  

Part one of the Temple of Paradise Trilogy

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