Yoga Art by Ajit Mookerjee (1975)
Mookerjee, in his book Yoga Art, describes the translation of sound and vibration into mental images through meditational practice. He explains these images and yogic symbols with various colours depending on the vibration.
We see examples of the mental visuals one experiences during tantric meditation in these images. Some of which include different shapes also denoting female and male principles; triangles symbolise the yoni (the female sexual organ), whilst the circle is representative of the universe, holding both male and female principles. There are also associations to manifestation, expansion and creation.
Plate 44- The Origin of the Universe. Mount Meru the golden Womb, and the stars, float against a background of red which signifies atomic particles- Rajasthan, 18th Century
Plate 56- Mandala from an illustrated manuscript page. Symbol of the evolving and dissolving universe, tension and rest. The principle of the circle has led to the enneagram. This, in yoga philosophy, is a symbol of great potency. Rajasthan, 17th Century
Yantra is the Maths of the Gods
Ajit Mookerjee- Yoga Art (1975)
Inner visualisations - Yantra was the form of images coming through a yogic meditation corresponding to celestial forms, manifestation, chakra systems and relationships to creation.
Page 125- Rajasthan, 19th century
Indian and Scandinavian medtiational child art (Aged 7-10). Images produced by children after 10 minutes of meditation. Experiment conducted by Madhu Khanna <3 - Page 91
Yogini/Goddess as Void
A Young Woman's Toilette Display Title: A Young Woman's Toilette. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. Creation Date: last quarter 17th century. State-Province: Andhra Pradesh . Court: Golconda. School: Deccani. Edwin Binney 3 Collection, San Diego Museum of Art
Ganesha Kangra Miniature, 18th Century, Dubost, P51
The Women in Pahari Miniature Paintings
After the Bath, ca. 1725-1730, Pahari School, Northwestern India. Opaque watercolour, gold and silver on paper. Found by Stephen Ellcock.
Yogini and Male Disciple, Lucknow, Awadh (Oudh), Provincial Mughal school, Northern India, late 18th Century
A bronze figure of the Supreme Goddess as Void, India, Andhra Pradesh, 19th Century
Yantra by Madhu Khanna
The yantra is a potent and dynamic sacred symbol which reflects the same three metaphysical concepts embraced in the analogy of the spider. A geometrical figure gradually growing away from or towards its centre, in stages, until its expansion or contraction is complete, the yantra has around its centre several concentric figures which continue to expand or contract as precisely as a spider's web, not only as bridges between different planes, but also as symbols of unfolding or gathering energies. - Page 9
Rise O Jar that art the Brahman itself, thou art the soul.of the God and grantest all success' (Mahanirvar;a Tantra, x, 156). The Mangala Ghata, the ceremonial water Jar, sometinies substitutes for a yantra diagram during ritual worship. Rajasthan, c. ·19th century. Gouache on paper - Page 17
Sometimes experiencing something so profound is lonely and hard to explain to others. It feels like ecstasy and dread at the same time. I am grateful, always. It’s navigating how to have fun whilst navigating a discipline that requires much strength and patience. Thinking beyond structures is hard when you are the epitome of one. When your household is built on those structures, relationships are built on those structures. I am grateful and I shall wait.