Mandalas are most frequently associated with traditional Hinduism and Buddhism. They are complex circular and usually four-sided diagrams offering a symbolic representation of a larger cosmic reality or aspects of it. Mandalas are used in religious worship, ritual, and meditation. The purpose of the mandala is not merely to portray pagan deities, but to link the one who visualizes the mandala to the spiritual power it represents. The number of deities in a mandala may vary from a few to 100 or more. They are highly complex symbolic and pictorial designations that must be ‘read’ or ‘penetrated.’ The goal is to use the mandala to influence the mind in order to establish altered states of consciousness, psychic development, mystical experiences, and so on, by ‘opening’ the alleged chakras, or psychic centers. Although traditional Hinduism and Buddhism perceive the mandala as related to the gods who bestow psychic powers and ‘enlightenment,’ these ‘gods’ are what the Bible identifies as demons. Mandalas commonly function as objects of worship, as worshipers offer prayers to the deities of the mandala in order to ensure prosperity and protection from adversities. Under various guises, demons have always sought the worship of humans; satan himself sought the worship of none less than Jesus Christ, God in the flesh (Matt. 4:9). Mandala coloring books for adults can be found in many grocery stores’ checkout aisles. One author wrote about it ‘…that just by using your coloring book you are expressing your interest in the mandala magic, therefore opening yourself up to spiritual outcomes.’ In other words, one is participating in a spiritual activity!
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I don’t know about others but I have more important things to do than “color”. Aren’t we Christians supposed to be about the Father’s business? How about “redeeming the time, because the days are evil?” When Jesus returns, what do you think He would say if He found His children “coloring”?
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