- Oct 26, 2003
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- Springfield, Missouri
This symbol is called the Kenpo Yantra. The Kenpo Yantra is a curious name to say the least. So, why this name? To understand that, one must first understand what a Yantra is and how it is used. Second, one must understand why an Indian term was chosen.
There are three things from which a Hindu studies Mantra, Tantra, and Yantra. Most people have heard of Mantra or phrase, which is repeated over and over to focus concentration or bring about a wanted goal. Lots of people have heard of Tantra (aka yoga) or physical use of the body for inspiration and health. However, few have heard of Yantra or symbol on which one should ponder to derive knowledge and enlightenment.
In other words, a Yantra is a symbol that is used for the advancement of the mind through realization. So, the Kenpo Yantra is a symbol specifically designed for the advancement and realization of knowledge in Kenpo; i.e. - it is a symbol that should be studied and pondered upon in order to advance ones understanding of Kenpo.
From this, one can say that the Universal Pattern is a Yantra about Kenpo and it is. The Universal Pattern is essentially a symbol to represent the study of motion from linear to circular paths and visa versa. So, how is the Kenpo Yantra any different from this? The Kenpo Yantra does not represent the study of motion; rather it represents the concepts, theories, rules, and principles of motion. From one perspective, one could say that the Kenpo Yantra is an opposite of the Universal Pattern. Where the Universal Pattern is a symbol to represent the study of motion the Kenpo Yantra is a symbol to represent the study of the ideas that define and explain motion.
What do you guys think of this?