entreaties of the windswept mandala

gatoran

Senior Member
Farsi
In the book Until the End of Time, Bryan Greene, says:


Across the millennia, one consequence has been a widespread fascination with all things, real or imagined, that touch on the timeless. From prophesies of an afterlife, to teachings of reincarnation, to entreaties of the windswept mandala, we have developed strategies to contend with knowledge of our impermanence and, often with hope, sometimes with resignation, to gesture toward eternity.

What is the meaning of the underlined expression? Thank you.
 
  • marthe1903

    New Member
    English
    In the book Until the End of Time, Bryan Greene, says:


    Across the millennia, one consequence has been a widespread fascination with all things, real or imagined, that touch on the timeless. From prophesies of an afterlife, to teachings of reincarnation, to entreaties of the windswept mandala, we have developed strategies to contend with knowledge of our impermanence and, often with hope, sometimes with resignation, to gesture toward eternity.

    What is the meaning of the underlined expression? Thank you.
    No one has an answer to this? Is it related perhaps to the ritual of creating a mandala only to sweep it all away? Thank you for the original question. It’s a beautiful phrase.
     

    entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    It seems to be a reference to Tibetan prayer wheels, which contain a mantra and may be driven automatically by wind.
     
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