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For example, let's take geometry which is the secularized form of the science of mandala.  The chief mandala one of the most important mandalas.

In fact, the most important mandala in our system [Shri Yantra] is one which incorporates all the possible geometric designs which extend from a center point and return to a central point.  Because the mind perceives these lines of energy forces, all it has to do is project them and it draws a circle. When it is projecting a circular pattern of energy field within itself, and it sees the sun or the full moon immediately, there is a response.  I know it.  I like it – because it is something from within me.  So it recognizes that fullness that is within itself.  And because of that recognition of affinity between what is within and what is without, we respond to the beauty of the full moon. 

Or we create a wheel when we have never seen a wheel before.  The first man who made a wheel did not have an Encyclopedia Britannica article on "Wheels," nor did he write a thesis on the subject and present it to his profession.  Nor did he go to the local family Flintstones patent office to patent the idea.  First, he took the experience of the circle from that inner experience of the presence of forces and the patterns there are within ourselves and simply projected it and drew a picture of the wheel in the sand with a twig.

And this applies to all discoveries of geometry--all the principles of geometry--they are projections of an internal geometry. When they are projected outwards for re-absorption as a way of concentration, they are called mandalas and yantras.  When they are used only to measure external objects, they are called simply geometric designs.  So it was not for nothing that it was said that "Man is the measure of all things."  No, no, not that "man is the measure of all things," but the mind is the measure of all things – man on woman.  It is literally true.