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Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Remedies: Yantras, Chapter IV, Part – 1

Dr. Shanker Adawal

Yantras play significant role in the meditative practices an described in our classics. According to Sanskrit Dictionary Vachaspatyam “Yantram” is “an instrument” or an instrument for holding or restraining which may be used to denote a variety of linear diagrams. It is a geometric design acting as a highly efficient tool for contemplation, concentration and meditation. Yantras often focus on a specific deity and so by tuning into the different Yantras one can interact with certain deities or creative force centres in the universe, according to our classics.

Design of Yantras

Yantras may be of simple designs symbolizing basic concepts such as cross, triangle, square, circle or lotus. They may be of more complex combinations of such elements in figures which represents abstract form, the particular creative forces in the cosmos, which are called divinities. Yantras are usually designed so that the eye is carried into the centre, and very often they are symmetrical. They can be inscribed on paper, wood, metal, or earth, or they can be three-dimensional.

It is said that pious spirits (Devas) reside in Yantras and without performing Pooja of Yantra neither one can appease them nor attain results from Yantras.

Effect of Yantras

Operation of Yantra is something called “shape energy” or “form energy”. The idea is that every shape emits a vey specific frequeny and energy pattern. Certain `powers’ are ascribed to the various shapes. Some have `evil’ or negative energies and some have `good’ or positive energies, but in Yantras only the benefic and harmonious energies are used.

Basically Yantras are secret keys for establishing resonance with the benefic energies of the macrocosm. Very often Yantras can put us in contact with extremely elevated energies and entities, being of invaluable help on the spiritual path system, reflecting on a large scale one of its component systems or parts.

Types of Yantras

There are five types of yantra which are know as Bhu Prisht Yantra, Meru Prastar Yantra, Paatal Yantra, Meru Prastar Yantra and Ruram Prisht Yantra.

The above five types of Yantras are classified according to the different types of pooja (worship) conducted by the aspirations. Each has a separate and distinct purpose to gain a particular objective for the aspirant. Some Yantras are worshipped in temples, some are worshipped by individuals at home and some are worn on the body (usually of triangular or rectangular shape) either around the neck, the arm, or kept close to the body in another location.

Classification of Yantras

Yantras are classified according to their usage. They are known as Sharir Yantras, Dhaaran Yantra, Aasan Yantra, Mandla Yantra, Pooja Yantra, Chatar Yantra, Darshan Yantra.

Composition of Yantras

It is best known that the Vedas described this Universe a composition of five elements which are known as Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Sky. In the Yantras where lines are used with the basic concept of Bindu or point, all these elements are used particularly earth, water and fire.


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