Monday, July 8, 2013

Italian Mandalas - Portraits of the Self

Mandala is Sanskrit for a circular  representation of the totality of the universe. Traditionally a mandala is a complex, symbolic work of art used as a meditative aid designed to enable one to attain a unitive state of consciousness.

The cathedral ceiling and flower are in a sense, both mandalas. How are they also "portraits of the Self"? A self portrait is a picture of one's individual personality.  If the mandala allows us to peek into a space where distinctions disappear, then we are left with a vision of the One Self.

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