Fashion

What is the deeper meaning of mandalas on your sarongs?

You will find loads of sarongs in Bali and on most of them, you will see a circle called mandala. And although mandala sarongs, dresses, and jackets may look trendy and fashionable plus have a variety of ways of use – there is also a deeper meaning. The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit and it means ”circle.”

Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balance visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. The meanings of individual mandalas are usually different and unique to each mandala. The goal of the mandala is to serve as a tool on a spiritual journey as it symbolizes cosmic and psychic order. Mandalas have been used by lots of cultures. From Buddhism to Hinduism, Aboriginal to Hopi – even ancient alchemy. Mandalas have served mankind for centuries. Even the famous psychiatrist, Carl Jung, employed the mandala in his work with clients. He felt when you concentrate deeper on it, human consciousness becomes elevated to an extent to receive revelation about the true potential and wholeness of the self.

The design of the mandala is to be visually appealing so as to absorb the mind in such a way that chattering thoughts stop, and a more philosophic or spiritual essence envelopes. In short – a mandala can be seen as a hypnotic, letting the creative hemisphere of our mind run a little more free while our analytical mind takes a little nap.

Mandalas are designed as a tool to which is attributed the ability to obtain peace, mental clarity, wisdom, and transmission of positive feelings to everyone. So, maybe you didn’t even know that you can get into a meditative state just by looking at your sarong with mandala and relax? Just let your eyes take in the beauty of the design, allowing your mind to wander off. If your mind begins to chatter – for example, you start to think that you should go to the laundry or need to finish that report for work – simply bring your attention back to the beauty of the mandala. Get inside the mandala, simply fall into it, swim in it and let it absorb all of your attention.

You will begin to feel lighter, and intuitive thoughts may arise. Relax and float with the thoughts and feeling that come to you. Meditating with the mandala will leave you relaxed, and probably you will even have a clarity concerning the intention that was set before the meditation. So, in this case, fashion is not just beautiful but also has a purpose. Just give it a try.■

Bali Pocket Magazine