A yantra is a geometrical diagram representing the universe. It is used in Hindu worship and meditation, especially in Tantrism. A yantra is quite similar to a mandala, but a yantra is different in that it can be a three-dimensional object of worship as well as a two-dimensional diagram.
Like the mandala, the yantra symbolizes cosmogenic development, from the absolute in the center to the material world at the edges. Yantras often have a seed mantra inscribed on them, and they are considered the verbal equivalent of a mantra.
Shree Yantra is the symbolic form of all Gods and Goddesses. It shows the origin and formation of the entire Universe. It was possessed by Brahma, the creator of the Universe and praised by Vishnu the lord of the Earth. It is connected deeply with the Ancient Art of Vaastu and has been specifically mentioned in the 'Vaastu Shastra'. All constructions based on Vaastu must essentially have Shree Yantra in it. The Vedas explain Shree Yantra as a scientific, cosmic and planetary energy zone.
The word 'Shree' is defined as 'one who becomes one with the Almighty everyday of his life and extracts from him his divine insight and supreme powers'. This enables the Shree to become a means of fulfilling all that one wishes and desires in life.
Shree Yantra is geometrical in its construction and has many circles, triangles, points, lines and angles. In the center of the inner most circle is a point around which are nine triangles, of which 5 triangles point downwards [towards Shakti or power] and four triangles point upwards [towards Shiva].
Downward pointing five triangles symbolize five elements, five sense, five organs, five Tartars and five Birth. Upward pointing four triangles symbolize life, soul, bone-marrow and genes. Both four upward and five downward triangles are representative of nine basic instincts.
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