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Sri Yantra

This symbol is composed of nine interlocking triangles that radiate outwards from the center
or bindu point. This central point is considered the meeting place or junction between the
physical world and the spiritual world or the unmanifest source. Of the nine triangles, four
point to the sky and is believed to be symbols for Shiva (the masculine), while the five
pointing downwards represent Shakti (or the feminine). Because of this, the Sri Yantra is
believed to be a strong symbol for the union of the masculine and the feminine divine.

The nine main triangles also form 43 smaller triangles, which is said to represent the entire
universe or cosmos. Eight lotus petals surround the triangles, while a larger ring of 16 lotus
petals surround both. This is finally enclosed in a temple-like square, which contains four
doors.

The word yantra means instrument and this is exactly what this symbol is: an instrument
or powerful tool for intense meditation, prayer or concentration to allow one to achieve a
higher level of consciousness. The Sri Yantra acts as a focusing point, with an inner and outer
doorway that can lead one to commune with different deities through various levels or force
centers in the universe.