The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning "circle." Even
though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a
concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements,
symbolizing unity and harmony. The meanings of individual mandalas is
usually different and unique to each mandala. The goal of the mandala
is to serve as a tool on our spiritual journey as it symbolizes cosmic
and psychic order.
The design of the mandala is to be visually appealing so as to absorb
the mind in such a way that chattering thoughts cease, and a more
philosophic or spiritual essence envelopes the observer which in turn
leads to higher consciousness or awareness. In short, a mandala can be
seen as a hypnotic, letting the creative hemisphere of our mind run a
little more free while our analytical mind takes a little nap.
That said, we use the mandala as a form of meditation for the purpose
of gaining knowledge, primarily the kind that resides within each of