What Are Yantras and How Can They Benefit Me?
Success and wellbeing are things that everyone looks for. Each of us may have individual ideas of what success is and follow different routes to wellbeing, but the underlying desire is the same. This was recognized in ancient Indian culture, and so, yogis and mystics down the ages created many devices to aid human beings in their quest for immediate and ultimate wellbeing. Yantras are devices of this kind, which are created as support systems towards a particular purpose.
Question: What exactly is a yantra?Sadhguru: A yantra literally means a machine. A machine is a combination of very purposeful forms. For example, a computer is a product of our minds, but still, if we are asked to multiply 1736 with 13,343, we reach for a calculator – a yantra. It is not that the calculation is not possible in the mind, but this purposeful form or yantra allows us to use our body in a much better way. Even though you already have the body – the most sophisticated yantra – with you, it is possible to perform different types of activities better with specific machines for those activities.
The process of building temples was fundamentally to create a powerful yantra for everyone. But maintaining many public spaces has become difficult in today’s world, so more private things are being created.
Question: What benefits does being in a yantra’s presence bring? Is it only for the spiritually-inclined or are there more material benefits?
Sadhguru: Yantras are tools to enhance our life in different dimensions. They are made for specific purposes and different types of yantras reverberate in different ways. Looking at the kind of energy that is to be created, we can create that kind of yantra. The most basic yantra is a simple triangle. An upward facing triangle is one kind of yantra, a downward facing triangle is another kind. You can mix them in many different ways and make a variety of yantras.
For example, the Bhairavi Yantra is meant for the enhancement of one’s wellbeing. Whatever you do, you can do it much better with the assistance of the Bhairavi Yantra. It is a very powerful, personalized tool that creates a certain space and an atmosphere so that your wellbeing is naturally taken care of. It is for those who are actively involved in businesses, careers and family life, and want to do many things in the world.
One of the main things that does not allow a human being to find his full potential is friction. Friction need not necessarily mean that you get into a fight with someone. But when you try to be active in a big way, it builds up around you. How low friction levels are kept determines how far you will endure. If friction increases, you will want to stay away from activity or you will get into one big mess. It does not matter how important a certain goal is for you, if friction happens every day when you step out and try to do something, you will slowly develop an aversion to that very dear goal of yours. I would say 80% of human beings have hugely curtailed the possibility of what they could do in their life simply because they cannot deal with the friction they naturally generate when they get into brisk activity. It is not a very smart way to deal with it because instead of bringing lubrication, you are keeping the engine off.
We have created the Bhairavi Yantra for those who want to lubricate their actions with the Grace of the Devi so that you can take up things and not get into friction. Her Grace will take care of that.
Question: Linga Bhairavi offers two yantras. You spoke about the Bhairavi Yantra. How is the other one – the Avighna Yantra – different?
Sadhguru: Essentially it is just one. The other one is just a question of size. We estimated that if the homes are anywhere between 2000-2500 sq. ft., the Bhairavi Yantra would do. For homes larger than that, we said this is not enough and we offered the Avighna. Avighna also has a slightly more business-like attitude towards it, more for success and prosperity. Whatever a human being is trying to do, there are always various obstacles. Whether one is able to cross the obstacles or not is the measure of success that one has in one’s life. Avighna Yantra is designed to bulldoze the obstacles in one’s life. It is a certain form that takes the obstacles away.
Of course, those who want to make use of it for spiritual processes can always do that. That is always the basic element. The idea is to create assistance for people in whatever they want to do. So the Avighna is for a variety of things. There is a basic spiritual element but if you don’t care about spirituality and you just want to make money, the yantra will lubricate your engine. Where you want to drive your car is up to you.
Question: Traditional yantras often have the symbol of a bindu as the central point. However, on the Linga Bhairavi Yantra, there is a linga in the center, which gives the yantra a unique characteristic. Why did you design it that way?
Sadhguru: A Linga Bhairavi Yantra is not in any way symbolic – it is a purely geometric pattern. A yantra is a machine – it has to work, function and deliver something. Every machine is essentially only an enhancement of a faculty that we already possess. We can walk, but with a bicycle we can move much faster. We can speak, but with a phone we can talk much further. The Linga Bhairavi Yantra is existentially functional. It fulfills specific purposes and delivers a certain activity or competence.
This yantra is a complex arrangement of forms. The copper plate is just the foundation. A bindu is a symbolic representation of the original form, which we know as ellipsoid or linga. When you see a bindu in a larger arrangement, and it is shown as a simple dot, it is just an unarticulated ellipsoid or linga. To put it the other way around, the linga is a more articulated expression of the bindu. With the Linga Bhairavi Yantra, it is very articulated.
The Linga Bhairavi Yantra functions the way it does mainly because of the shape of the linga and the nature of the material. Most of the “software” of energy is written in the linga. The remaining parts of the yantra are more like foundation, which also has a certain amount of software, but only software of stability. If you create enormous power from any substance or any form, it will dissipate itself unless you create a proper foundation of stability. If that stable atmosphere is there, it can reverberate in a big way. It can energize homes and people in a phenomenal way and still not dissipate over a period of time. If you pass down your Bhairavi Yantra five, six, or ten generations, it will still live.
Various individuals who have received Bhairavi Yantras at their homes or workplaces have expressed their experiences of how their lives have been transformed:
Kalpana Maniar, Head Business Solutions & IT, Edelweiss Capital Ltd., narrates her experience of having the Linga Bhairavi Yantra at home: “Devi’s arrival to our home has been a huge experience. Our day starts with her and ends with her. Her vibrant presence fills the house. Things fall in place beautifully even during tough situations. There is an invaluable sense of calm and happiness that she has brought with her. Even outsiders who visit our home can’t miss her presence. I can only bow down to Devi and Sadhguru, feeling eternally obliged for gracing my home and family. We feel truly blessed for having the privilege of being in the same space with her.”
Vipulroy Rathod, an Endoscopy surgeon, has an Avighna Yantra consecrated in his clinic, Endoscopy Asia in Mumbai. He speaks of the profound influence the yantra has in his workplace. “Since Sadhguru blessed us with the Linga Bhairavi Avighna Yantra, unbelievable things have happened in our life. I’m a surgeon. The moment the patients arrive at our unit, they are experiencing a tremendous sense of peace and serenity. I’ve begun to understand what Sadhguru always says about the importance of living and working in a consecrated space.”
His wife Purnima reflects on how the yantra has changed their lives. “Since we got the Yantra, we have experienced tremendous wellbeing on all levels: our physical health, emotional stability, spiritual growth as well as material growth.”
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