Mandalas

Mandalas

Mandalas

Coming from ancient Sanskrit, “mandala” loosely means circle and generally Mandalas are comprised of circles and other geometrical shapes.  Traditionally Mandalas were (and still are) sacred to Tibetan Buddhism although today, the name is often given to any patterned circular picture. For the Tibetan Buddhists, the Mandala is very symbolic and represents many sacred aspects of their religious beliefs; it also represents wholeness and is a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity, extending beyond within our bodies and minds. It is considered as a container of essence, a representation of the universe.  The circular designs symbolise the belief that life is never ending. The mandala appears to us in all aspects of life, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and more obviously the circles of life encompassing friends, family and communities. 

Although the most familiar Mandalas are ones made by Buddhists (especially the Tibetan Monks), they do have spiritual connections to other religions, including Christianity and Paganism; it is believed that those following the Hindu belief system were one of the first people to use the Mandala as a spiritual tool.

A completed Mandala is a reception for invited deities; by focusing, usually in a meditative state, one can enter the Mandala and work towards its centre, the very essence of life, gaining information and teachings needed at that point in time.

When used in the religious setting, the Tibetan Mandala is made with coloured sand, but they can/are also made in bronze or stone and are 3-dimensional figures.  The putting together of a Mandala is a sacred ritual performed in a meditative state which can takes days or sometimes weeks to complete.  The work on the Mandala begins with a single dot at the very centre of what will become the Mandala. If the Mandala is intended to be dedicated to a specific deity an image of this deity will be constructed over the very centre dot; however, some Mandalas are simply based on geometric shapes which may be of a particular symbolic significance. 

Traditionally four monks would work together on a single Mandala, each having to have had up to three years training in relation to the Buddhist belief system, before being permitted to work on it. Although the monks each work on their “own” quadrant of the Mandala, they work closely together to ensure that balance is always maintained.

The sand Mandalas are usually deliberately destroyed when they have been completed.  The sand is taken to a stream or river with the intention of distributing the positive energies built up within it during the construction of the Mandala; this also serves to remind the monks that, in line with the teaching of the Buddhist religion, that nothing in our lifetime is permanent but that life its self is eternal!

All our Mandalas have been knitted intuitively.

How to use a mandala

The design of the mandala is supposed to be visually appealing so that the mind can fully focus on the meditation, without interference, and connect with the higher realms in a complete meditative state, which allows the busy mind to take a break while the creative mind can run free. The mandala meditation is also used to gain information from within ourselves.

To begin with, you should “allow” yourself to be drawn to a particular design and either learn the particular meaning of it or set your own intention as to its use, BEFORE using it in meditation.

Once the intention has been set, you can begin focusing on the mandala.  Allow yourself to take in the lovely designs, allow your mind to wander.  If your mind starts to think about the usual mundane things, simply bring your focus and attention back to the beauty of the mandala.  Let the mandala absorb all your attention, by falling into it and gazing into the colours, swim in its patterns.  As you begin to fall into the mandala, you will experience a feeling of lightness and intuitive thoughts may arise. Relax, let thoughts and feelings come to you.  Go with it.  If you begin to feel panic, feel lost, uncomfortable or if you start thinking about those "mundane" things again, just relax and refocus your attention back to the mandala. 

Everyone experiences different feelings.  But if you have a relaxed demeanour whilst focussed on the mandala you have obviously achieved what was intended.  You should come away with clarity of the intention you or the mandala set before the meditation.

Most of the Mandalas on this website have been created with the various chakras with the 7 main chakras in mind, however generally the following colours are used for specific reasons:

RED for strength, high energy and passion

PINK for love, intuition and the feminine

ORANGE for creativity, transformation, self-awareness and intuition

YELLOW for learning, wisdom, laughter and happiness

GREEN for physical healing, psychic ability, love of nature and caring

BLUE for emotional healing, inner peace and meditation

PURPLE for all things spiritual

WHITE for spiritual focus

BLACK for mystery, deep thinking and individuality


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Root Chakra Mandala with Crystals

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Solar Plexus Mandala with crystals

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Brow Chakra Mandala with Crystals

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Chakra Mandala with Red Jasper Bead

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Throat Chakra Mandala with no Crystals

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Brow Chakra Mandala With Beads

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Heart and Solar Plexus Mandala with Beads

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Heart Chakra Mandala with Beads

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Focus Mandala with Beads

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Root Chakra Mandala with Bead

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Solar Plexus Mandala with Beads

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Sacral Chakra Mandala with Beads

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Mandala with crystals

Mandala with crystals

Hand knitted Mandalas plus clear quartz points and crystals associated with the chakra or the intention of the Mandala

Mandala with crystal beads

Mandala with crystal beads

Hand knitted Mandalas with crystal beads added in associated with the chakra or the intention of the Mandala. 

Plain Mandalas

Plain Mandalas

These hand knitted Mandalas are knitted in the colours of the chakras or intentions needed.