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Old 05-20-2009, 07:26 AM   #1
henners
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I've been doing some research on some interesting topics and found some information i'd like to share with all of you. Some of you probably have never heard it before. Most of you would have seen it it at some stage in your life. Mandala

What is Mandala ?

The pattern of creation
The word "mandala" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean "circle," a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.



"The integrated view of the world represented by the mandala, while long embraced by some Eastern religions, has now begun to emerge in Western religious and secular cultures. Awareness of the mandala may have the potential of changing how we see ourselves, our planet, and perhaps even our own life purpose."
(From
Mandala:                Journey to the Center Mandala: Journey to the Center
, by Bailey Cunningham)


From micro to macro
The "circle with a center" pattern is the basic structure of creation that is reflected from the micro to the macro in the world as we know it. It is a pattern found in nature and is seen in biology, geology, chemistry, physics and astronomy. On our planet, living things are made of cells and each cell has a nucleus -- all display circles with centers. The crystals that form ice, rocks, and mountains are made of atoms. Each atom is a mandala.
Within the Milky Way galaxy is our solar system and within our solar system, is Earth. Each is a mandala that is part of a larger mandala.
Flowers, the rings found in tree trunks and the spiraling outward and inward of a snail's shell all reflect the primal mandala pattern. Wherever a center is found radiating outward and inward, there is wholeness--a mandala.

I have included below several 'madalas' for your viewing pleasure.




Mandalas in architecture
From Buddhist stupas to Muslim mosques and Christian cathedrals, the principle of a structure built around a center is a common theme in architecture.
Buckminster Fuller expanded on the dome design with his famous geodesic dome structures. The dome structure has the highest ratio of enclosed area to external surface area, and all structural members contribute equally to the whole--a great structural representation of a mandala!

And here a few more samples.































Hope you enjoy this visual thread..........

Henry
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:33 AM   #2
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Henners, how gorgeous. Thank you. I'll never look at an orange the same again. In fact, I'll be looking for mandalas everywhere.
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:01 AM   #3
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Thanks Henners! That's awesome!
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:42 AM   #4
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Thanks You henners for sharing that! It's fantastic.

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