The Yantras

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Item Code: IHL618
Author: Prof. S.K. RamachandraRao
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Language: English
Edition: 1988
ISBN: 9788181331014
Pages: 60 (29 B/W Figure Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 90 gm
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The use of mystical designs and magical diagrams, known as "yantras", is of great antiquity, not only in India but in all countries. Among the early archaeological finds are included specimens of such designs and diagrams, which were neither strictly utilitarian nor solely decorative in function. Even before religion became organized and institutionalized in the primitive society, visual representations of magical intentions and ideas were employed, along with charms and spells. They were meant to compel events in an occult manner, events individual in significance as well as collective in import. Intentions included warding off evil. overcoming danger, compelling rain, driving away pestilence, blocking hailstorm, increasing fertility of the soil, ensuring success in hunting or in expedition, restoring health, prolonging life, recovering lost property, defeating the enemy, confounding the opponent and securing objects of love.

Reason which helped the development of science and technology also brought into being magic and religion. It would be anthropologically unsound to describe scientific thinking as rational and religious thinking as irrational. The crudest of magical procedures were also based on the reasoning faculty. It was human reason that generated the ideas of God, of the spirit, and of the relation that one bore to the other as well as the ideas of matter and energy and the measurements thereof. Even as technology is based on the desire to control the physical world within and around us, magic is based on the desire to control the spiritual world within and around us.

It is unfortunate that the word ‘magic’ has acquired a connotation which few modem minds would relish. It is equally unfortunate that all that goes under the banner of science and technology passes as unquestionably and eminently worthwhile. It is owing to the western connotation of the word ‘magic’ that what has no ‘rational' explanation is dubbed as irrational. It is made to appear that magic is sustained on solid superstitions and illusions, while science rests on solid facts which are demonstrable and incontrovertible. However, the student of the history of science is very well aware that science rests not on facts but on assumptions, and that these assumptions with their implications and applications are by no means immutably lined or altogether incontrovertible.




I Introduction 1-9
II What are Yantras 10-18
III The Three Varieties of Yantra 19-27
IV Rituals connected with the Yantra 28-36
Figures 1 to 32 37-60
(Page number and
Paragraph to
which it is related)
1 Composite letter yantra form Tibet 7
2 Another letter yantra term Tibet  
3 Another Letter Yantras from Tibet, Verbal  
  symbols in the Form of Deity Worship  
4.5.6 Yantras employed in villages of South  
  India for Protection of Cattle 10.12
7 An illustration of the yantra containing  
  forms representing energies in various modes 12 (3)
8 Illustration of the employment of several  
  geometrical Forms in the yantra 13 (2)
9 Yantras for personal safety, health prosperity 13 (3)
10 A Protective yantra 14 (2)
11 Another Protective yantra  
12 A yantra to eliminate evil 15 (1)
13 A yantra combining mystic numerals and letters for mystical purposes 15 (2)
14 A yantra to secure benefit  
15 Yantras fur consecration 15 (3)
16 Another Yantras for consecration 15 (3)
17 Yantra showing directions and guardians of directions 17 (1)
18 The Yantra of Raja-Matangi for Magical Benefits 20 (2)
19 Yantra for Removal of evil influences 22 (1)
20.21 Yantras of Hanuman for Protection 23 (1)
22 Yantras of Khadga-ravana for Welfare of Children 24 (1)
23 Another Khadgh-ravana yantra  
24 Sri-yantra of the mother-goddess 26 (2)
25 Kurma-yantra for extraction of mantra 27 (1)
26 A yantra for extraction of yantras 28 (1)
27 Yantra for extraction of mantra  
28 Another yantra for the same purpose 28 (3)
29 A Composite Yantra 30 (1)
30 Yantra with Letters inscribed 31 (3)
31 A chart of Letters 8 numericals for Preparation of yantra 32 (1)
32 Yantra with inscribed mantra (Om Mani Padme hum in Rajan characters) 36

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