Lesson 6 – Lotus and star in yantra

Amitabha Yantra, author Marina Sukhanova

Amitabha Yantra, author Marina Sukhanova

Lotus is a cordial figure, though and not always reflect the heart in yantra.  However heart supports work of its all parts and bodies in our body. The blood system is inseparable from heart and bears in itself all cordial potential.

That heart could perform such complex work, namely support blood circulation in all things an organism, it should possess qualities of unusual softness, endurance and force. Why do we symbolize the cardiovascular system as a lotus?

The analogy of symbolism both is simple, and deeper at the same time. The lotus is a plant  symbolizing awakening and deliverance in Buddhism.  We address to a Lotus, having qualities of all plants – to punch and slide stones the soft force.  This is the energy characteristic of the heart and this is the energy of the plant.

The star, not only in Buddhism, but in other esoteric directions, always specified to the human body (for example, the Vitruvian man Leonardo da Vinci).  As the star contains five looking outside of triangles, symbols of fire.

Given all these images, we get as a star – a contour of internal fire, supporting the life of the body – the vessel of existence.  Thus, we move our concept about ourselves, as a body to concept about ourselves, as a flame with the contours of the body (the star).

The inverted star is, as it were, a thin mirror image of our body, which is a mental impression – our NAME.  Form and Name is an image of our feeling «me».

Stars as symbols of a body and a name allow to concentrate on an image simplifying feeling «me», doing concept about it more convenient for contemplation.

Presented yantra is the palace of the heart Deity – Amitabha (Infinite Light).  Passing through its 8 gates to the center, we can focus on cleansing the mind of the eight worldly dharmas: the desire for profit and fear of loss;  from the desire for fame and fear of insignificance;  from the desire for praise and fear of blame;  from the desire for temporary samsaric happiness and fear of temporary samsaric suffering.

Marina Sukhanova and Vladimir Pyatsky
Translation: Helga Von Krauzinsh