The ashtánga yantra

Yantra is the simplest mandala (literally, “object serving to hold”, “instrument”, “engine”). Is is a diagram drawn or engraved on metal, wood, stone, paper, or simply traced on the ground or a wall. (…) The yantra is an expression, in terms of linear symbolism, of the cosmic manifestations, beginning with the primordial unity. (…) The mandala defends against any destructive force (…), it defends consciousness against the disintegrating forces of the unconscious (…). Since the mandala is an imago mundi, its centre corresponds to the infinitesimal point perpendicularly traversed by the axis mundi, and entrance into a mandala resembles every “march toward the centre”. (…) The yôgin can discover the mandala in his own body, transformed into a series of meditations on the various “centers” and subtle organs. (…) According to Jung the mandalas represent structures of the deep psyche; mandalas appear in insights that encompass the accomplishment of a successful conclusion on the central process of the unconscious that Jung called process of individuation. (Eliade, M, Yoga, Immortality and Freedom, pp. 219-227)

“The ashtánga yantra is the symbol of SwáSthya Yôga. Its origins go back to the most archaic cultures of India and of the planet. Part of its structure is explained on the Shástra Yantra Chintamani. It constitutes a true shield of protection, ballasted on archetypes of the collective unconscious.”

(DeRose – Tratado de Yôga – Ed. Nobel)