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What Is A Mandala?

Mandala is derived from a Sanskrit word which means circle. So, the simple mandala is basically a circular design with other shapes, symbols and forms radiating from it.

  • In ancient Hinduism and Buddhism mandala generally represented the cosmos.
  • Basically, these are abstract designs with huge spiritual significance and aesthetic appeal concealing some message of the universe.
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Let’s not get into such complex matter. We should start with the simple mandala.

How to draw a simple mandala? A step-by-step guide!

  • First, draw a circle. Draw it as big as you would want your simple mandala to be. The circle would be encompassing the entire mandala.
  • Then divide the circle into four quadrants, by passing two perpendicular lines from the center of the circle. Now you have got the circle divided symmetrically into four.
  • Draw a small circle in the center. The point where the two lines meet, consider that as the center and draw a small circle around it.
  • From there draw some structures originating from the circle. Any organic structures can be drawn like rose petals or circles emanating from the tiny circle in the center.
  • Draw some intricate designs on it to cover up the blanks. In between the organic designs, some whitespaces might be left. Fill them up using more symmetric designs. The fuller it appears, the more elegant it seems.
  • Repeat the process until the circle is filled. And you have a simple mandala with you. Now all you need is to fill the design up with some amazing colours and make the mandala look mesmerizing.

The importance of drawing a simple mandala

This may seem strange but drawing simple mandalas can be beneficial. Let’s see how.

Math Skills Increased

  • Dealing with shapes, figures, and sequences your geometry sense strengthens. You are more confident in drawing any geometrical figures. Also, the concept of sequences is enhanced. Solving some puzzles would be very easy for you.

Language Skills Enhanced

  • Talking about the shapes and patterns drawn, you are able to express yourself better. This means that your explanation skills and language vocabulary have increased. But for this, you need to communicate with people regarding drawing your simple mandala designs.

Fine Motor Skills Built

  • By designing simple mandala, your hand to eye coordination is improved. This enhances the reflexes and thus turns out to be quite beneficial. Repeatedly drawing and colouring such intricate designs causes your muscles to synchronize with your eye movements. This improves your reflex abilities as well.

Visual Discrimination

  • You grasp a better understanding of shapes and figures, that sharpens your eyes gradually. You can clearly discern between objects and their shapes, and pattern recognition comes easily to you. Your mind works differently and you start searching for patterns in everything you see.

Improves Concentration

  • Ancient sages always knew the value of concentration and inner peace. Designing such intricate designs are sometimes a mammoth task that requires tons of focus. So, while designing a simple mandala, your concentration power gradually increases. In some religions, the mandalas were also used for meditation. They are significant in increasing your concentration.
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The Sense Of Colour Improves

  • Building patterns and filling them up with colours to make them look more appealing would improve the sense of colour coordination. Plus, you would be able to differentiate the minutely between colours. You would have a better understanding of which colour goes with what, and which colours do not go well with each other at all.

Why are mandalas essential?

As history unfolds, the symbolism was the most important way for communication back in ancient times; even before language was born. Symbols are perfectly capable to describe theories, stories, and emotions. Simple design can harbour so much knowledge. It is intimidating to imagine how much mystery does a simple mandala cover up. That’s the majestic beauty of it.

Mandalas in arts of different cultures –

  • Hinduism: Mandalas or some other forms of it are used in meditations and rituals. They are even considered to be a deity’s abode. The center is supposedly the soul with various energies radiating from it.
  • Buddhism: For Buddhists, some mandalas represent the entire universe. They mainly use them for practicing meditation and often use them as universal offerings as they represent the universe.
  • Christianity: In Christianity simple mandala is prevalent in art forms in many of the places of religious significance like the Celtic cross, the Crown of Thorns, the rosary, the halo, rose windows, the aureole, oculi, the Rosy Cross, and the dromenon on the floor of Chartres Cathedral. These structures depict some religious fables.
  • Persian Art: According to the Persian Islamic theory, everyone belongs to God. We are detached from our souls just like the sun rays being separated from the sun. It is vital to remember that there is a divine aura inside us and that is love. In our ways in life, we get guidance from this light.
  • Mesoamerican Civilization: Heard of the famous Mayan Calendar, right? It is said to be based on the mandalas itself. This shows how advanced they were in terms of mathematics and science back in those time and how significantly they understood the working of the universe and incorporated them in the mandalas. Modern science has a long way to go get near that kind of knowledge the ancient civilization harboured.

Simple Mandala In The Field Of Science:

Circular diagrams are often used in representing phylogenetics, particularly for graphically representation the phylogenetic relationships. There are polygenetic mandalas as well. Here diagrams of evolutionary trees are represented. Numerous species are drawn on a circular tree with other species drawn on the periphery of the tree.

Mandalas in Archeology:

  • Significant archaeological discoveries that were made recently recreated the historical details of the eastern concept of the mandala.
  • Google Earth imagery discovered five huge mandalas in the Manipur valleys.
  • They were found in the paddy fields of western Imphal, Manipur’s Capital.
  • It is named Maklang Geoglyph and it is supposedly the largest mandala build out of the mud. Now the government protects the entire paddy field and is considered a historic site.
  • The structure is something like a square simple mandala being guarded by rectangular gates, and each cardinal direction is guarded by smaller rectangular gates.
  • It is named after the Maklang Star after bearing great resemblance with its structure.
  • It has been a big development as Google earth again discovered five more giant mandalas the close by location.
  • They are the Sekmai mandala, Heikakmapal mandala, Sangolmang mandala, and Phurju twin mandalas, These mandalas are found along the banks of Iril River.
  • It seems simple mandala do define the universe.

 

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