“relates to the various senses and kinds of consciousness.” 11 The other Kala Chakra as it is called, is associated with the center of Shambhala, its king and the Kala Chakra deity. (Figure 12) “Shambhala conceals in its center the jewels of the innermost mind, gleaming with the diamond like clarity of the deepest awareness of all — the awareness of the absolute nature of reality itself.” 12 In the “Temple of Paradise” the Sri Mandala represents the inner teaching and the metamorphosis of mind. The Figure 12 A rare 15th century NJ Mag. Mandala represents the outer image of the Kalacakra diety teaching — the twelve fold division of with his shakti Vishvamata the cosmos and the proportions, that as space, resonate in time. The symbolic images found in the “Oracle of Revelation” weave together the outer and inner through the practitioner’s life. Their sacred point of union is at the center of the Sri-NJ Mag. It is here that the ‘other’ or secret teaching is revealed as the seed of consciousness — the absolute reality.
3.7 The Lotus Circle In traditional representations of the Sri Yantra, its nine interlaced triangles are normally encircled by two concentric rings of eight and sixteen lotus petals. (Figure 13) This is one reason that the Sri Yantra is alternatively known as the ‘Lotus Circle’ (Padma Chakra). Its two lotus rings are representative of the directions of space and the physio-emotional experience of the world. They are the blossoms of illusion, that opening to the light of life, decorate and color the clear mind within. Growing out of turbid water the lotus
Figure 13 This 17th century image of the Sri Yantra exhibits two circuits of lotus petals. Unlike more contemporary representations its rows respectively show sixteen and thrity two petals.
Part one of the Temple of Paradise Trilogy