The process of making Yantras is described in several ancient texts such the Sharada Tilaka, Tantraraja etc.
The highlight of the methods concern the material to be used, the purification and other samskaras, types of reed-pen, when and how to make the reed-pen, metal nail to etch on metals, the perfection in drawing, the geometry and letters on the yantra, the astrological yogas and time to make them, the place and persons appropriate to make them as well as post-ritualistic pujan vidhi and pranapratishthaa. No single treatise is available concerning the science of making yantras.
No single treatise is available concerning the science of making yantras.
Besides, the meagre available instructions are technically outdated, though most of them are revisable with modern day equipments e.g. purification of metals, making sheets from metals, computerized geometrical drawings, mass production etc. But some of the ancient instructions are still very valuable and extremely necessary to follow e.g. shodhana – cleansing of the metal and avoiding the die-punch on cleansed metal.
The Guruparamparic Method
Considering all the above specifications a 'guruparamparic' method of making yantras with ancient instructions and modern technology was developed by our Sadguru Sidhha Kapali Maheshwar Umanath.
Being a modern day Rasasidhha (alchemist) He was well-versed in the science of metals. The added wisdom of Rasashatra instructions along with strictly following the ancient principles has resulted in the KAPALI’S method of making yantras on metal.
The Kapali's Kailasa Yantra
The Kapali's Kailasa Yantra is elaborately made with the ﬁnest and purest virgin metals having enhanced divinity during the best astrological combinations with perfectly drawn leters and symbols, shodhita mantras- leters and the best technique to engrave while keeping intact its energy and power:
First, the choicest extra fine metal is purchased (as bars, sheets and sometimes beads). Chemically, this is the purest pure form of the metal, yet according to the Rasashastra traditions it is ashodhita (unclean) in the sense that it may still lack divine power, aura
Shodhana process of sheets of metal is carried out according to the traditional methods specified by Sushruta, Shrangadhara and the Rasasidhhas. This involves heating and immersing the sheets in several types of liquids and decoctions. Thereafter, vishesha shodhana is carried out in case of the gold metal. Finally, the metal is considered ready for the engraving of the yantra.
Here, some ancient tradition which we follow are :
- yantras should never be made on wood.
- single and purest pure metal must be used; never mix two metals – even a trace of any other metal is considered an impurity.
- thickness of the sheet/piece of metal for making a yantra should be decided considering the following factors – size, shape, usage etc.
- the sheet of the yantra should never ﬂutter if waved in air, which means the bigger the yantras the thicker the sheet.
- the surface of the sheet should be even if held on a ﬂat surface, even a thin sheet of paper should not pass in-between the two.
- in case of dharana yantras (pendants) the thickness should be such that it never bends – for this reason, concave and convex shapes are considered best for round yantras.
- after shodhana, the yantra is considered divine, alive and having all the senses. Therefore, it should not be annoyed with tadana(beating), vedhana(piercing), bhedana(cutting) and treating it like an inanimate thing.
That is why die-punching of yantras is strictly prohibited.
The yantra diagram is made on the metal using various techniques. Repoussé is the best method for yantra making in which the metal in gently hammered into a relief from the reverse side with soft wooden hammers.
Chemical engraving is the ideal method for fast processing and mass production of yantras. In this process, the yantra is printed on a photoresist which is then laminated onto the metal and exposed to the Sun or UV light. Exposing it to the Sun is best since it is to imbibed with the Sun energy. Resist film on non UV exposed area is chemically developed to reveal the desired image. The non-resist area is corrosive thus the image is revealed with corrosive agents.
– the yantra is then finished and polished; in the case of copper, it is mostly gold plated before polishing.
Copper Mine at Chile
Kapali’s Kailasa Yantras are made with gold, silver and copper. Obtaining virgin gold or silver is easy but procuring virgin copper is sometimes hard. Most commercially sold yantras are made with recycled copper since more than 70% copper available in the market is recycled. Virgin copper is only used in electrical appliances and is usually available in the form of wires. According to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, using recycled copper saves 85-90 % energy that would have been needed to make new copper from virgin ores. About 2 million of copper is recycled per year in the USA alone, the metal having the highest recycling rate. Besides that there are approximately 570 alloys of copper. Hence, even after recycling chances of trace element impurities are high. Man has been recycling copper throughout history (they even melted the Colossus of Rhodes for copper! Imagine!). You don’t want an ancient Egyptian toilet conduit to end up as a yantra in your house? Do you? How about the Siddha Kapali’s method – just buy mayurtuthha (copper sulphate) from a chemist shop and extract virgin copper ! Ha! Ha!
When to make the Kailasa Yantra
Making a Yantra during both the eclipses of Sun and Moon is best.
Also, new moon on Sundays or Thursdays and lunar constellation Pushya on Sundays or Thursdays is a good time to make the Yantra. But it is necessary to be precise about the timings of these events as per the latitude and the longitude of the place where the Yantra is being made. All in all there are approximately 10 to 12 such events annually at any geographical location in the world. Besides the duration of these events are sometimes just a few minutes and never more than 20 hours (maybe once in a while, but very very rarely)!
So, going by the clock you hardly have 100-180 hours of this auspicious time in 365 days of a year!!! Ooops !
So, you are going to wear a very very special Yantra – because Kapali’s Kailasa Yantras are made only during these auspicious timings.
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