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Gallery entrance Gallery Mandala One On a cosmic scale Gallery Mandala Two Natural cycles Gallery Mandala Three The world of mind
Gallery Mandala Four Mystic circles Gallery Mandala Five Meditative spaces Gallery Mandala Six The jewel box Mandala Gallery Seven Newer Visions
A visitor's guide to the galleries and the works

Mandala Galleries

Mandala Gallery One Gallery one:
On a cosmic scale

This is a series of mandalas that seem to function as diagrams of the cosmos and its coming into being – and one of the sun


Mandalas Gallery Two Gallery two:
Natural cycles

A gallery of designs linked by imagery or theme or both to the circular patterns inherent in all organic life


Mandalas Gallery Three Gallery three:
The world of mind

These mandalas represent aspects and elements of the world as viewed mainly through the mind and its conceptualisations

Mandalas Gallery Four Gallery four:
Mystic circles

These mandalas represent aspects and elements of the world as viewed mainly through the mind and its conceptualisations

Mandalas Gallery Five Gallery five:
Meditative spaces

A group of mandalas that may, or may not, capture some sense of reality as it is known and experienced by those who have moved beyond the mundane world of mind

Mandalas Gallery Six Gallery six:
The jewel box

This series of smaller mandalas – created using metallic pens and/or decorative bindis on black – is essentially decorative in nature. Nonetheless, certain themes emerged from the tracery of their lines...

Mandalas Gallery Six Gallery seven:
Newer visions

The most recently created mandalas – more reflections of nature and the mind

Mandala Galleries

For technical reasons, the mandalas have been organised into several, broadly thematic galleries. Click on one of the mandalas below to go to the gallery named beside it. Once inside the gallery, click on any mandala to access its own page.

On each mandala’s page, you will also find an evocative text. These texts have emerged from my own contemplation of the completed designs in conjunction with their titles.

The titles in some cases derive from another, similarly intuitive project, in which the mandalas were chosen to illustrate a number of translations of the poems of the 13th-century Persian mystic, Jelaladdin Rumi. This earlier process alerted me to some of the significances lying buried in the designs, somehow brought out by the words of Rumi. Now I have developed those first intimations into the texts placed by each mandala.

For the other mandalas, the titles were originally derived from my response to the completed design. I have then similarly contemplated the image and its title together, and noted whatever messages seemed to emerge from this conjunction.

In every case, however, the mandala pre-existed the thoughts and reflections that appear in its accompanying text. All therefore stand alone, and function perfectly well as meditation aids, without such a verbal context. So, while contemplation of a mandala in conjunction with its text may help the intellect and feelings to connect more deeply with the image, this process is not true meditation.

In the latter, the meditator simply allows the design itself to ensnare the eye and the mind, and becomes lost in it for a while, as far as possible without any active thinking happening. As the eye moves towards and away from the centre of the design, or dances around from line to line within the circle, the mind settles, bringing an increasing experience of inner stillness and silence.

Ideally, these mandalas are intended for such meditative use, although the prevalence of web piracy means that, alas, the designs cannot be reproduced large enough here to function fully as meditative aids.

In whichever way they are viewed and used, may mandalas and texts, together or apart, pass on something of the joy and wonder in existence, and the peacefulness that I have felt in creating them.


Please note: All the images presented in these galleries are the copyright of Prem Shashi. Downloading them from this website for any kind of commercial or private use shall be considered an infringement of the artist’s copyright.

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