The shape of the mandala is created from all of its smaller components. The measurement from the center of a circle to its edges is the same all around, giving circles the symbolic meaning of radial balance. In other words, all things within the circle are equal, and so any symbols contained within the circle are granted equal importance. A mandala tattoo represents wholeness, a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds. A mandala can symbolize the notion that life is never-ending.
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Mandala tattoos can be used by individuals to symbolize their journeys through life. Mandala designs can also tell a story of where an individual has been. In some cases, they reveal the individual's path in life.
Mandalas can have spiritual significance to an individual or group of people. The Hindus were one of the first people to use a mandala as a spiritual tool, but the mandalas most people are familiar with, are ones made by Buddhists. Mandalas are used for meditation purposes allowing the individual meditating to become one with the universe. The symbolism behind the creation of a mandala tattoo can have significant meaning for many individuals whether they are Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Pagan or of any other religious orientation.
The mandala appears to us in all aspects of life, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and more obviously the circles of life that encompass friends, family and communities.