2016-050 – Red Naropa Mandala

Tibetan Mandala at Rubin Museum in NYC
Tibetan Mandala at Rubin Museum in NYC

New Week::New Theme: The Color Red

We open up this week’s theme with this fascinating painting of a 19th century Tibetan mandala of the Naropa tradition. From the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC, this mandala depicts Vajrayogini standing in the center of two crossed red triangles (hexagram).

From wikipedia regarding the hexagram in relation to Eastern Religions:

The two components are called “Om” and the “Hrim” in Sanskrit, and symbolize man’s position between earth and sky. The downward triangle symbolizes Shakti, the sacred embodiment of femininity, and the upward triangle symbolizes Shiva, or Agni Tattva, representing the focused aspects of masculinity. The mystical union of the two triangles represents Creation, occurring through the divine union of male and female. The two locked triangles are also known as ‘Shanmukha’—the six-faced, representing the six faces of Shiva & Shakti’s progeny Kartikeya. This symbol is also a part of several yantras and has deep significance in Hindu ritual worship and history.

I really appreciate the importance of symbolism in Tibetan mandalas; each pattern, image, and color represent something of significance…in this case, red is the dominant color.

About the color red, from the Tibet Travel web site:

Red is related to life force and preservation. The Buddha Amitabha is depicted with a red body in Tibetan art. The part of the body associated with this color is the tongue. Fire is the natural element complementary to the color red. In Buddhism, meditating on the color red transforms the delusion of attachment into the wisdom of discernment.

Inspiration For Today

In the Tibetan culture, the color red is highly significant. What does the color red mean to you? Does is mean something different depending on how it’s used? Do you ever wear red or have red things around you?

As we go about our week, observe where we see the color red and how it feels to us in that moment.

Happy Coloring!

If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.


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