Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2015

Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2015

Relaxation through Mandalas
Sanjana Chimnani

Mandala is a graphic construct composed of a series of inscribed multi-color geometric figures that create a coherent pattern. In Hindu Symbolism, a Mandala is more than a visual creation and is used as a meditative tool, representing wholeness. Relaxation through Mandalas focuses on one’s personal and emotional experiences through the construction of such coherent patterns. Through this project, I am aim to put together a learning guide about Manadala in a book format.Relaxation through Mandalas will present a series of models and instruction set for those curious about the connections between art, meditation, and sacred texts. The first part of the book is a collection of Mandalas created using the sacred Hindu text – Bhagvad Gita. Each Mandala is a personal interpretation of the verses from the third chapter of the Gita called “Karma Yoga” (discipline of action). Through this chapter in the Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna comprehensively explains the responsibility of each and every member of society, and why it is important to perform their duties at different stages of life. Karma Yoga is intended to explain mankind about what actions lead to bondage and what actions lead to salvation. The second part of the book is an instruction manual on how to create a Mandala. Along with this book, there is a workbook which includes five different templates to help one draw a Mandala.

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