Symboles et significations du Mandala

Meaning of the Mandala

Mandala, originally from Mesopotamia, literally means “circle”, “center” or “sphere”, by extension “environment”. It is a symbol used in many cultures of oriental countries for over a hundred years. It is also called “flower of life< /strong>” or “egg of life”. It symbolizes the microcosm with the body and the macrocosm with the universe.

The Mandala presents itself as a protective circle of the spirit and an emblem of spirituality. Starting from a central point, it can take several forms ranging from very simple to very complex with lots of details. Combined with meditation and the quest for harmony, its cosmological geometry reflects the inner peace among Buddhists.

Mandala Symbols and Meanings

The specificities of the Mandala tattoo

The Mandala, a cosmic and spiritual motif, can be tattooed on several parts of the body. People who have gone through and overcome difficult times can testify to the balance restored via a Mandala tattoo. However, this tattoo represents an assignment to meditation. Its aesthetic style cannot only be used for decorative purposes. A source of meditation, it is considered an invitation to connect with the universe.

People tattooed with a Mandala are looking for a strong spiritual connection. The fascinating aspect of this symbol also calls for contemplation. Admiring every detail of this ornamental pattern takes hours. This symbol is a sign of good luck. A source of attraction of good spirits, light and harmony, it is a kind of guardian angel.

The tattoo Mandala represents yin and yang. Indeed, Buddhists who use it during their meditation can master each facet of their karma.

The Mandala tattoo for women

Tatouage mandalas

Lotus, pink, floral style can decorate the Mandala tattoo for women. Flowers, lace and animals like butterflies, wolves or tigers add a touch of femininity to the tattoo. The Mandala can be combined with a feather, a letter, a first name or a sentence. It goes perfectly with a tree of life and a cosmic or astrological style.

Watercolor, pointillism effect or dotwork and oldschool are among the styles most requested by women. Indeed, these styles provide heavenly results. It can be done on several parts of the body, particularly on the forearm to bring out its feminine and spiritual side.

The Mandala tattoo for men

The power and connection brought by the flower of life tattoo is very fiery. It brings spiritual symbolism. Men who wear it are spiritually and mentally balanced. With its different geometric shapes, it goes well with any skin color and type. In addition, it perfectly fits several parts of the body.

To highlight its effect, this tattoo can be done on the knees, torso and back. The majority of Asians draw it on their arms or shoulders. Furthermore, the color and style vary depending on the beliefs of the tattooed. Other designs reflect finesse and nobility while others represent divinity and spirituality. Dotwork and neo oldschool are among the most popular Mandala tattoo styles.

The lotus Mandala, an exception

Mandala lotus

The lotus means eloquence. It is a flower that draws its vital resources from water. It inspires beauty and grace, mysticism and spirituality. Blooming on the surface of the water, it symbolizes rebirth. During the reign of the pharaohs, this flower was engraved on Egyptian tombs. These are the blue, red and purple lotuses which represent enlightenment and spiritual ascension. It has a very important symbolic value in oriental cultures. In addition, certain religious ceremonies only serve to expose its great value.

The Lotus Mandala made in dotwork also represents peace and eternity for Hindu culture. Indeed, Brahma, the creator of the Hindu religion, appeared from a lotus flower. A mystical and spiritual living being for Buddhists, it represents self-awareness and harmony. The lotus flower comes in white, pink, blue, red, green and purple colors. Each color of the lotus flower represents a well-defined meaning. The white or pink lotus symbolizes devotion and chastity. Green lotuses can serve as a gift for those who want to balance their lives.

Buddhist meditation

What is the meaning of colors in a Mandala?

The color of a Mandala must be chosen according to the request. This choice requires meditation in order to discover the essence of life.

  • In Asia, black is the color of the west, where the sun sets. A colored Mandala with this pure and dark color symbolizes meditation. It also conveys reflection and concentration to be able to untie the being from negative things.
  • Coloring Mandalas red inspires happiness and good humor. This color directs your thoughts towards well-established ideas while helping you bring them to fruition.
  • Orange conveys ardor and contentment. For Buddhists, it is the color of worldly devotions to lofty spiritual goals. Its strength, less fiery than red, inspires joy.
  • White is synonymous with transparency and air. Leaving white space in the Mandalas symbolizes the connection between the supreme spirit and the mind. Additionally, it represents the wish to possess higher thoughts or achieve higher levels of thinking. These states of mind will allow us to understand the divinity in humanity. Indeed, the color white is a component of the north direction which symbolizes the supreme mind.
  • Blue is synonymous with the sublime and spirituality. Blue Mandalas represent the surpassing of all limits. Indeed, this color transmits spiritual openness and imagination.
  • Yellow is the color of the spirit which represents intellectuality, intelligence, awakening wisdom, clarity and fulfillment. It conveys gratitude, excitement, clairvoyance and serenity. It is also the symbol of growth and evolution.
  • Brown represents the color of the earth and fields, which conveys new beginnings and new discoveries. Pasts are cleared and new life appears.
  • Purple symbolizes the mastered combination of the material and the spiritual, the perfect marriage of us and self. The Purple Mandala conveys playfulness and transcendence linked and in balance.

Green in a Mandala symbolizes the earth and therefore our generally expansive individuality. It is a symbol of precision, naturalness, the obvious and logic. It represents the need for personal space to grow the seeds that germinate in our being.

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