In the image above we see the mandala of Vajravarahi. Vajravarahi is a goddess invoked in Tantric meditation. Her name means ‘Diamond-like Sow’. According to the Met: “The goddess represents the triumph over ignorance (symbolized by the sow).” In archetypal terms, Vajravarahi is an image of the Self.
Notice the six-pointed star in the middle of the mandala. “The Sadhanamala describes the six-pointed star as the union of male (the upward-pointing triangle) and female (the downward-pointing triangle) energies” (ibid).
In archetypal terms, the two triangles may represent the integration of the creative tension of opposites, an essential aspect of Self-realization. Carl Jung believed that the tension lies between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. In archetypal terms, the conscious mind is masculine and the unconscious is feminine.
In spiritual terms, we might say there is a tension between the temporal and eternal dimensions, or the modified and unmodified dimensions of awareness. Integration of these dimensions is the Self. These two aspects work together to form a whole: the mandala, the star, the Self.
In meditation, Vajravarahi is visualized as emerging from the heart. The heart is an archetypal space and place for the integration of opposites. It is in the heart that we realize the emergence of the Self.”Early Tibetan translations of Sanskrit texts, such as the Sadhanamala (Garland of Means for [Spiritual] Attainment), the Nishpannayogavali (Garland of Perfection Yogas), and theHevajra Tantra, describe Vajravarahi’s mandala as unfolding within the heart of a practitioner” (ibid).
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art https://www.asianart.com/exhibitions/svision/i20.html
Jung, C. G., (1934–1954). The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious. (1981 2nd ed. Collected Works Vol.9 Part 1), Princeton, N.J.: Bollingen. 0-691-01833-2