Mandala as a symbol of good fortune

Mandala Ashtamangala

mandala astamangala: zen, spirituality, concentration

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Size Reference Price
20 x 20 cm MA-S2020 20 €
30 x 30 cm MA-M3030 40 €
40 x 40 cm MA-M4040 59 €
Size Reference Price
7.9" x 7.9" MA-S2020 $ 24 €
11.8" x 11.8" MA-M3030 $ 47 €
15.7" x 15.7" MA-M4040 $ 70 €

Canvas print from photo of original. The frame of the painting 20 x 20 cm is 2 cm (0.79") deep, the frame of the bigger paintings is 3 cm (1.18") deep.

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Explanation of the symbols

This painting is a mandala (sanskrit: circle), which contains the eight auspicious objects of Buddhism. The mandala is depicted in the colors fire and earth, as it comes especially to its value in the Earth sector (center, Northeast or Southwest) - and the element Fire strengthens the element Earth.

The spirals around it signify depth and infinity. In its center you can find a yin-yang symbol, surrounded by eight trigrams. Yin and yang stand for opposite, yet complementary forces: day and night, light and dark, male and female, hot and cold, etc.

Concerning the trigrams, it has to be said that they are the basis of the I Ching, the several thousand year old Chinese → Book of Changes, which itself is the basis of Chinese tradition. They consist of three broken (yin) or unbroken (yang) lines, whereas each trigram has a particular meaning. There are eight different trigrams which correspond to a compass direction, a kind of climate, a mood, a position within the family, etc. For instance, three unbroken lines stand for the trigram qian, that means among others the father (position within the family), as well as the sky (aspect of nature), strength and creation, the compass direction Northwest. If the trigrams are arranged in a circle, they represent a bagua (from the Chinese "eight symbols"): each trigram shows in a direction which it belongs to.

The signification of the symbols of good fortune can also be found in the painting Eight Precious Objects:

Lotus flower for spiritual accomplishment, striving for absolute purity. Double fish symbol for love and harmony, wealth, good luck and protection against bad intentions.

Endless knot for the eternal cycle of love, happiness and life, the conch shell for protection and power.

The victory banner (Dhvaja) symbolizes success in all your undertakings, the dharma wheel (also Wheel of Law) will guide you towards spiritual development, the jeweled parasol protects from harmful elements or injurious words and the precious vase (or Urn of Wisdom) brings peace and wealth (you can find more information on the → Wikipedia page about the topic Ashtamangala).

This painting is particularly efficient and auspicious in the Center or the Northeast of the home or the living room. But you can especially display it in the entrance in order to receive the benevolent energies.

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