WHAT ARE YANTRAS?
Yantras are geometric forms of deities, planets, and principles of spiritual evolution, deriving from the ancient Tantric traditions of India. The earliest Yantras discovered date back at least 11,000 years. Western dictionary definition for a Yantra is "an auspicious diagram used in meditation to help focus the mind". The word Yantra roughly translated means 'a vehicle' or 'an instrument'. Essentially, Yantras are vehicles for spiritual evolution, and ultimately, liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth.
While mantras are verbal remedies used for healing and transformation, Yantras can be seen as their visual counterparts. For example, chanting a Lakshmi mantra may be used to attract prosperity into one's life. A Lakshmi Yantra may do the same thing. Yantras only use beneficial symbols that bring healing and help raise spiritual awareness. The shapes within Yantras are symbols that correspond to states of evolved human consciousness.