In blog 3 we look at fractals used as mandalas.
Mandela is the Sanskrit word for “essence” or “completion”, both terms are derived from the Tibetan phrase dkyil khor) which is a concentric diagram having spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts; as a spiritual teaching tool; for establishing a sacred space; and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.
Not that I would claim for one moment that there is any intrinsic spiritual significance in my mandala shown here. That would be up to the viewer to decide for themselves!
Turning to the mundane mechanics, this mandala is made by taking a slice; like a slice of mom’s home make apple pie, out of a fractal and then rotating it around a central axis so that you end up with a sort of symmetrical circular image. And it’s just that easy to do in something like 20 seconds or so! Ah, aren’t computers just so absolutely marvelous at doing routine chores and doing them so faithfully.