The Yantra in Sanskrit refers to “ a machine or tool that absorbs cosmic energy”. A Yantra can be used as such a tool. The Yantra can be referred to as an abstract representation of a diety’s form or body on which a devotee can fix his gaze. Often a Yantra is inscribed with Mantras or mystical chants that focus one’s mind in the direction of the deity.
Each Yantra has it’s own qualities. The Ganesha Yantra is believed to establish balance in the individual’s life. Here, the Yantra’s periphery is green with an eight-dimensional square. Meditating on the green vibrations inspires the devotee. Within the square are 8 petal lotuses symbolic of Prakriti or creation. Five of the lotus petals represent the 5 elements (air, earth, fire, water, ether) while the remaining 3 symbolize the 3 gunas or qualities present in all humans (Tamas, Rajas, and Sattva). The next layer is the 6 pointed star the balances the male/female principles. Under the star is a triangle pointing upwards- this is amrit or the nectar of immortality. At the center of the Yantra is the point or “bindu” that represents the start of all Creation. THIS is Ganesha Himself. The bindu is the focus of meditation. All motifs surrounding point to it. The eye is involuntarily drawn to the bindu and rests upon it.
A Ganesha Mantra to use with this Yantra:
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha and repeat…………………..
Roughly translated: Salutations and Prostrations to Lord Ganesha