July 17, 2014
As an artist and meditator, I’ve been fascinated with the art of India and Asia for decades. One of my favorite sources of inspiration (and Vastu rectification) is the archetypal image known as a yantra, literally “tool” in Sanskrit, which is Vedic sacred geometry. Transcendence Design offers many yantras for Vastu and Jyotish support, plus the 28-page yantra guidebook.
My favorite book on the topic is my friend Madhu Khanna’s Yantra: The Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity, a thorough and insightful well-illustrated study of these powerful archetypal icons that she also calls “power diagrams.”
There is also quite a bit of excellent information in the esteemed scholar Heinrich Zimmer’s book Artistic Form and Yoga in the Sacred Images of India, including an in-depth look at the Shri Yantra. As Joseph Campbell said in his forward to this book, Zimmer wrote about “the spiritual foundations of a tradition of religious art where the aim is not to arrest the eye but to effect in both artist and the worshiper a psychic transformation.” Reading this years ago catalyzed the intention behind my own artwork, like this Kali yantra pastel painting.
Australian artist David Wardman’s beautiful limited edition yantra prints and notecards have been best sellers through Transcendence Design for many years. He also has a delightful book of color yantras plus other images and information, Tantra Rasa: Notes on the Tantric Path, an much expanded version of an earlier, now out of print book titled Tantra Yantra Mantra.
You may also enjoy Harish Johari’s Tools for Tantra, which gives instructions for constructing yantras.
To truly become adept at drawing and painting yantras, I highly recommend studying with Mavis Gewant, who was Johari’s assistant and student for over twenty years. Mavis’ classes on this meditative esoteric art make it easy for anyone to create these precise, potent, sacred tools, even for those of us who think we are not able to draw a straight line. If you want, you can commission her through Transcendence Design to custom create yantras for you (Scroll to the bottom of this page of yantras to see more of what Mavis will make for you).Mavis starts drawing on the correct day for that yantra, chanting the appropriate bija mantra the entire time she is drawing and then painting the yantra for you.
One more fun tool that I recommend is Karl Schaffner’s The Yantra Deck.
This divination set of 64 cards “of wisdom and intention” with a book and spreadsheet has beautiful, uplifting images (yantras and other symbols) and ideas. One friend who bought it marveled as the results of doing the suggested spread and wrote all of its answers in her journal.
Enjoy your yantra explorations!