are sacred sounds and mandalas are sacred pictures (usually
four-sided) employed for specific spiritual purposes such as
occult forms of meditation, enlightenment, and contact or union
with various gods and deities.
Founder. Use of
mantras and mandalas is most frequently associated with
traditional Hinduism and Buddhism. Many mantras and some mandalas
are held to have originated as a supernatural revelation from the
gods or spirits with which they are associated.
How do they claim to work?
Mantras and mandalas function as a means of "focusing"
the mind, e.g., in meditation and visualization, and thus to
assist the seeker along a given spiritual path.
Examples of occult potential.
Mantras and mandalas are often part of a larger program of
occult instruction and may help in developing psychic powers,
occult enlightenment, or contact with spirits.
Traditionally, mantras and mandalas have clear connections to the
spirit world and present other hazards, such as the development of
altered states of consciousness. Unfortunately, the false
perception of most Westerners who use these methods is that they
are relatively innocent or harmless forms of spiritual practice.
As pagan implements or forms of idolatrous worship, use of mantras
and mandalas is biblically prohibited.
Potential dangers. The
hazards of occult practice in general.