The Sri Yantra as

supplementary universe1



The Sri Yantra is a medieval Hindu abstract imaginary solution2 of the enigma of emergence, hence of a quantum of life. The yantra begins (or ends3) with the first triangle,4 all other triangles depicting n (or ∞) elaborations thereof.5 The first triangle is empty as are the gaps between the triangles and the background beyond the yantra. The triangle itself,6 as constraint7 upon emptiness, is full.8




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The innermost triangle represents the 1st constraint upon the background. It emerges as the private ‘I AM’ (Sanskrit: ahamasmi) experience.9,10 The second triangle,11 emerging as alternative and equivalent to the first, creates actual difference (i.e., relativity) upon which both experience themselves as “I AM THIS.”  All later triangles serve as mere elaborations of the ‘I AM’ and/or “I AM THIS” experience.12

In short, the first triangle represents the first elaboration/emergence of the emergence algorithm or fractal13 which does not itself emerge. In the current fantasy, each triangle suggests a standing wave. Consequently, the entire yantra represents life as a highly complex wave interference pattern.

In the (flaky) Hindu Vedanta tradition14 the white background symbolises emergence potential, called either (nirguna) Brahman or ATMAN (i.e., SELF). The first triangle15 symbolises the first emergence and called either the (saguna) Brahman or the atman (i.e., self, writ small).


This Sri Yantra, an imaginary solution, depicts the abstraction of a dynamic system in 2-dimensions. However, when used by a brahmachari to elaborate or condense consciousness, it becomes 3-dimensional.16













1.    A supplementary universe is a realistic private (or personal) imaginary solution, in other words, a fantasy or fiction turned into a private fact.

2.    An abstract design, map or plan.

3.    Starts for the metaphysicist and who mystifies. Ends for the pataphysicist and who demystifies.

4.    The first triangle is as it were ‘drawn in the sand.’ Or, more specifically, it emerges as the outcome of energy quantised, hence as a specific frequency. All triangles are dynamic systems (i.e., varying frequencies) whereby each point of every line happens as momentary, hence quantised impulse. Each universal emergent, that is to say, each one of currently 8 billion humans, displays/transmits its own yantra (i.e., as instructions complex) whereby its actual goal (i.e., as fantasy) fills the most central triangle. If the central triangle (or any other) is filled with an image (or bindi), as can be observed in Tantric and Vajyrana mandalas, then the whole yantra is meaningful (and political). If the central triangle is empty, then the whole yantra is absurd and apolitical.

5.    All triangles are dynamic differential recursions of one and the same the triangle generating procedure, hence variations of A. The emergents (i.e., identifiable realities) generating procedure (elsewhere named Nirguna Brahman/God/Atman, a.k.a. the Universal Turing Machine) does not itself emerge as realistic identity.

6.    And which initiates duality. In this regard see: ‘How Eve invented dualism.’

7.    For ‘constraint’ read: a set of rules or laws.

8.    i.e., it can be identified as (private) reality, i.e., cognized.

9.    The first triangle (as initial emergent, to wit, ‘The One without a Second as nirguna Brahman) generates difference, albeit virtual. In other words, it is different from the (un-emerged) procedure that generated it. The relationship is asymmetric. The first triangle’s self-experience or self-realization is “I AM,” i.e., ”Ahamasmi.” In this regard see the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, Chapter 1:2.1-7ff, or the biblical statement: ‘I am that I am.’

10.  During contemplation the meditator seeks to gradually eliminate all triangles, thereby hoping to achieve union/oneness with the void within the triangle. By reaching the final triangle (or indeed by focusing exclusively on any one triangle!!!, the contemplative achieves an NDE (i.e., a Near Death Experience). The trick is to briefly end and then restart the (or any) triangle (i.e., as quantum of identity) and thereby, because all triangles are recursive, become conscious of the entire emergence (i.e., creation) process, as happens, for instance, when an individual wakes up from sleep or is startle out of a daydream (or coma). Indeed, the highly sensitised contemplative can ‘see’ the creation process each time he/she responds to datum (like ‘a grain of sand’) that changes him/her.

11.  The second triangle emerges as an actual alternative - and equivalent to the first – note that all emergents initially present as equivalents before competition for survival sorts them out – hence appears different from it. The 2nd presents (i.e., as Saguna Brahman) as a symmetric relationship, hence as actual difference. When the second triangle appears, both experience themselves as “I AM THIS”, “Sohamasmi.”

12.  The ‘I AM’ (Sanskrit: soham) experience is the ultimate payoff for creating realistic order (i.e., meaning) out of realistic disorder (i.e., the absurd). Hence it was transitionally equated with the GOD/Brahman experience. For any living creature loss of the ‘I AM’ experience is the ultimate disaster.

13.  The algorithm or fractal (as differentially recurring set of rules) is fantasised as the creation or emergence procedure (elsewhere named God).

14.  And which is incomplete.

15.  The initial turbulence. All triangles represent turbulence (i.e., dynamic wave interference patterns) patterns which, in the Indian private view/fantasy, need to be eliminated in order to return to the original state (i.e., of Brahman/Atman).

16.  The ancient Indians never realised that the Brahman (i.e., the emergence) procedure activates as quantised response to turbulence and moreover that being (Sanskrit: sat), consciousness (Sanskrit: chit) and bliss/misery (Sanskrit: sukha/dukkha), all saguna Brahman phenomena (thus supplemental universes) emerge as quantised side-affects of turbulence and complexity.