SACRED YANT AND THEIR MEANINGS
Which kind of Yant posesses which meaning?… A complete understanding will increase the effectiveness of the yant.The lines drawn in the Yant represent the Umbilical Cord of the Buddha,and are traditionally known as ‘The Bones of the Yant’. There are many varied forms of Yantra, it appears, such as; Round Yant, TriangularYant, Four – Sided Yant, and even Pictorial ones.
- Round Yant – represents the Face of the Buddha (Pra Pakt Pra Putta Jao) in Brahmin Tradition, Brahma is applied as themeaning.
- Triangular Yant – represents the Triple Gem of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha (Pra Put, Pra Tamm, Pra Songk). In Brahmin Tradition the three Lords of Heaven are applied as the meaning (Shiva Brahma, Vishnu)
- Four sided Yant – represents the Four Elements / Continents(Earth, Water, Air and Fire)
- Pictorial Yant (Animalistic) – represents various Angels,People, and Mythical Animals (Sathw Himapant)
- Onk Pra represents The Buddha Himself.
- The Half Moon Symbol to be seen above “Onk Pra” so often represents the Moon Illuminating the way for us in the Dark Hours.
- The small Circle (Sun Symbol) to be seen above many Yant means the Sun lighting outr way in the daytime; and that all Humans and Living beings exist under the influences of the stars and Planets, and that these forces enable us to develop and brings Changes
- The Zig – Zag spiral line on the top of each Yant is called Unaalome. Unaalome represents the Saints who have attained the status of Enlightened beings.The Fetters of desire have been disentangled and discarded. These beings do not waver on their path as normal Humans do (Note the end of the zig zag evolves into a straight line, meaning that he has ceased to enter into diversion and is on a straight, direct path to Nirvana.The spiral in the middle represents the Crown of the Head of the Buddha. The Line of the Unaalome is straigh and unwavering – Perfect and complete. Following this thought, when you have finished the drawing the “Bones”(outlines) of the Yant and finished all Khom letterings;
- The Yant should be Finished with the drawing of Unaalome above the Yant -meaning
that the Yant is now Complete.All Yant are usually completed with the invocation of a Mantra (Pra Kataa) in Pali sanskrit, which is subsequently blown into the yant with your breath (Called Phao kataa / Puug Saeg).
- Most Pra Kataa finish with the Phrase / Spell “Ma A U”.
Above Pics; Sak Yant by Ajarn Thong.
Yant Pla Hlai Koo (Pair of Eels yant) – Yant Maha Thao Ruean (Turtle yantra) – Yant Mahaniyom/Yant Dork Bua (Lotus Yantra)
Ma A U;
- Ma means “Moo Mahaa Sangkoe” (The sangha, or company
- A means “Awrahang” (The Buddha himself)
- U means “Utamatammoe” (The Dharma, or teachings of
So the meaning of this Kataa (Mantra/Prayer) is “The triple jewel of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha”.There are also Yantra that use Numbers instead of Symbols to indicate the meaning. Sometimes in order to shorten the length of the Agkara (khomlettering), the Yantmaster may prefer to use Numbers to represent the PraKataa (Mantra).
For example, if you want to write the mantra ‘Nowahorakun’ (A Sang WiSu Loe Bu Sa Pu Pa – Nine Syllables), you can write the number 9instead (Thai Numeral). One should intone the Kataa as one inscribes ortattoos the number onto the surface one is working on.
BELOW; SOME KATA FOR NUMBERS
- 1 = AEGA MI
- 2 = TAWAE PUTTOE
- 3 = THRIINI MA A U
- 4 = JATHU NA MA PA TA
- 5 = BANJA NA MOE PUTTAAYA
- 6 = CHAWACHARAACHA I SA WAA SU SU SA WAA I
- 7 = SATTHA NAKAE SANG WITAA BU GA YA BA 8 – ATTHAAARAHANTHAA PAA MAA NAA U GA SA NA TU 9 = A SANG WI SU LOE BU SA
The Following Sutras are Kata (mantras) to be intoned
whilstapplying the Yant;
- Round Yant Sutra;
- Yanthang Santhang Wigring Kyarae
- Jatthu Yanthang Santhang
- Jatthu Goenjaa Mahaa YanthangProma PagsamahaeSurang Yanthang Wigring KyaraeBones of the Yant Sutra;(The Bones of the Yant means the outline; the
basic skeleton, so tospeak).
- Adti Yanthang Santhang Wigring
- Yanthang Santhang Wigring Kyarae
Rectangular/Square Yant Sutra;
Knots of the Yant Sutra;
a harmonizing Sutra is used when a Yant has been made with a mistake, or it’s wearer has transgressed against the rules of wearing the yant (see rules of abstention)all the Yant designs used in the pantheon of Sak yant (for indeed many yant are not used as tattoos, rather for many other specialized purposes), can be divided into six or seven main categories.