The Sri Vidya System
The Hindu religion contains many different variations of practice, and Sri Vidya contains elements of tantra, or the pathway to understanding the self as a whole. Dedicated to Lalita as goddess, Sri Vidya is focused on ways of uniting the self. The basic beliefs stem from the dualities that exist in the world and within ourselves; for example, the body and mind duality which, when at odds, can lead to a loss of equilibrium of self.
Therefore, in order to reach an enlightened state of being, one must reconcile these dualities and accept their unity as a pathway to actualizing the self. In doing so, the self becomes whole, which in turn allows the self to function within the energies of the universe.
Components of a Sri Yantra Mandala
In the Hindu religion, the Sri Yantra is representative of a system that controls the universe, and the creative and divine forces within. The actual shape and components are meant to draw the eye outward and inward from the center, with each layer adding a different dimension to the experience of viewing. Overall, they represent the steps to integration of a whole self with a whole external world. There are 43 triangles in a Sri Yantra, with each representing a different step on the path to self.
These mandalas have individual elements that contribute to the overall geometric pattern that forms, and each represents a component of the world’s energy.