In 1968 I visited an exhibit sent by the Dahli Lama of Tibet, that included a yarn and stick talisman that stopped me in my tracks. This talisman, said to keep away ghosts when placed on a rooftop, had four sides, with each side exactly matching *Ojos de Dios* (Spanish for *Eyes of God*....pronounced *OH-hos de Dee-oos) talismans of the Huichol people of Mexico, that I had seen and been fascinated with the year before. Soon I was spinning out my own creations, starting with four-sided, and evolving through eight-sided Ojos inspired by Navaho designs, and now reaching the twelve-sided basic pattern seen above.
Over the years I´ve sold my creations in Palm Springs and Berkeley California, through various galleries and trading posts of New Mexico, and, currently, over my personal website, Ojos-de-Dios.com. And now, in September 2007, I'm creating this secondary entry page to my website for all interested in my recently evolved patterns based on Avatar Meher Baba's Manifestation.
The above ojo has several characteristics that I'm currently repeating in almost all of the ojos I'm making. Let me explain.
Starting from the very center, we see blank white, which to me represents the pure white light of God, and currently, Meher Baba as Avatar of the Age. Directly behind this central diamond are two *shadow* diamonds, or, Beloved Mehera and sister Mani, the Avatar's two chief women disciples. Other ways of looking at this three part center could be The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, or the Hindi Preserver, Protector, and Destroyer. Other traditions and other Avatars also have their three aspects of God. Now: branching out from this center, we see twelve spokes, which can represent the twelve men mandali, a pattern also seen in the times of Buddha, Muhammad, etc.
Next we see a weaving together of hexagrams, diamonds, and triangles, which to me simply represents the fact of balance, harmony, and beauty that ultimately exists as God pervades all levels of creation. As a final detail, in most of my current ojos, I carefully use a yarn needle to stitch in a total of 108 small squares into the outermost ring, matching Meher Baba's outer circle.
A good mandala both satisfies and stills the mind, drawing the viewer both back to the center, and to grasp the mandala as a whole. A big reason I love my yarn and stick mandalas, and the above design in particular, is the created blank spaces......a series of triangles that strongly point always to the center. I look at these blank spaces as Meher Baba's Silence, or, perhaps, in Buddhist terms, as the void, the emptiness of a perfectly still mind.
To learn more about my Ojos de Dios, follow any of the links below.
YarnMandalas.com My Ojo de Dios facebook page My Ojo Story