That said, we use the mandala as a form of meditation for the purpose of gaining knowledge, primarily the kind that resides within each of us.
The goal of the mandala is to serve as a tool on our spiritual journey as it symbolizes cosmic and psychic order.
The design of the mandala is to be visually appealing so as to absorb the mind in such a way that chattering thoughts cease, and a more philosophic or spiritual essence envelope the observer which in turn leads to higher consciousness or awareness. In short, a mandala can be seen as a hypnotic, letting the creative hemisphere of our mind run a little freer while our analytical mind takes a little nap.
The mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. The circular designs symbolize the idea that life is never-ending and everything is connected. The mandala also represents a spiritual journey within the individual viewer.
Mandalas offer to balance visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. The meanings of mandalas depend upon color, geometric elements, and culture.