The word Mandala is a Sanskrit word, which means circle. Mandalas are known as ancient religious symbols often used in ceremonies, meditations and magical rituals. They exist in many forms and where used throughout history for many different purposes:
- or simply for decoration
The center of the mandala represents the beginning of the Universe or the mind of God, which flows out in many directions shaping a powerful circle. The circle is a whole and infinite shape. It represents perfection and protection. Jung believed, that the mandala represents the Self and he successfully used the mandala in his psychotherapies.
Everything in life moves in circles an cycles. If you look at nature you can see. Plants grow into trees, give birth to their fruits and then die in winter just so they can reborn again in spring. All the planets, the stars and moons are mandalas. They are all born from a center and growing into a big sphere. They are moving around the center of the Universe shaping a gigantic, infinite mandala.
You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle. That is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round….
The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again, to where they were. The life of a man is a circle, from childhood to childhood. And so it is in everything, where power moves…. – Black Elk Oglala –