Shree Yantra is one of the most potent symbols and considered the queen of all yantras that are present in vedic astrology.
Shree Yantra has mythological connection with Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of fortune, prosperity and wealth.
Meaning of shree is wealth; and Yantra is ‘instrument’
Shree Yantra Construction:
The mathematical interest in the sri yantra lies in the construction of the central nine triangles, which is a more difficult problem than might first appear. A line here may have three, four, five or six intersections with other lines.
The problem is to construct a sri yantra in which all the intersections are correct and the vertices of the largest triangles fall on the circumference of the enclosing circle.
ANCIENT GEOMETRIC FORMS:
Yantra’s are ancient geometric forms made of linear elements intended to represent, the energies of the natural world and are doorways to realms of light;
They are necessary basis for all attempts to symbolic representation of sacred forms.
Yantra’s are secret keys or pathways to connect us with the positive energies of the universe.
The foundation of how a Yantra works is called ‘form energy’.
The idea is that every form emits a very specific frequency and energy pattern.
Shree Yantra & Sacred Geometry:
There is, however, a curious fact about a correctly constructed sri yantra, whether enclosed in circles or in squares. In all such cases the base angle of the largest triangles is about 51.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, built around 2600 BC, the magical ration Phi, or the golden mean and all there is to sacred geometry is enclosed in this ratio represented by the triangle at the apex.
Tantric tradition suggests that there are two ways of using the sri yantra for meditation.
outward approach:One begins by contemplating the bindu and proceeds outwards by stages to take in the smallest triangle in which it is enclosed, then the next two triangles, and so on, slowly expanding outwards through a sequence of shapes to the outer shapes in which the whole object is contained.
This outward contemplation is associated with an evolutionary view of the development of the universe where, starting with primordial matter represented by the dot, the meditator concentrates on increasingly complex organisms, as indicated by increasingly complex shapes, until reaching the very boundaries of the universe from where escape is possible only through one of the four doors into chaos.
The ‘inward’ approach to meditation, which starts from a circle and then moves inwards, is known in tantric literature as the process of destruction.