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Mandalas

Mandalas

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MANDALAS
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When that job ended, I began playing with shapes and lines on my own. After creating a few pretty images, I showed them to some friends. One mentioned that they were mandalas. Ivaguely remembered having heard or read the term before, but I had no idea exactly what amandala was. Not wanting to appear wanting, I nodded in agreement. The moment I was able, Irushed to research what that was and what was meant by that word, mandala. The resultsfascinated me and dovetailed into my personal spiritual quest.
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Mandala is a Sanskrit word literally meaning “circle”. However, subtle nuances of the language,as I understand it, also open the definition to include everything from the basic circle to thevastness of all creation.The circle form has been used as a common symbol since the beginning of humanity. Cavedrawings show reference to circular forms thought to be reminiscent of the sun. The pyramids,whether in Egypt or the Americas, all have circular symbols resonant in their construction anddecorative motifs. While researchers believe that Stonehenge was constructed around, and tounderstand, astronomical events, it is also a glorious mandala of stone. The Aztec and Mayancalendars are excellent examples of mandalas. It would appear the circle has always been areference point for humans in understanding the vast nature of existence.
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 Nature itself is replete with rich and glorious mandala shapes. Flowers, trees, bushes all appear as vivid reminders of our connection to all that is and to that circular form. The very shape of our  planet, the moon, and the sun are circular, although irregular. It is my understanding that thenatural world is created according to pure geometric formulas and principles such as the GoldenMean. The recognition of nature’s use of the circle may have inspired its use throughout time.
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