by Anonymous posted at The Last Hiker – Adult Coloring Books and Mandalas: A Warning for Christians
Editor’s note:While there’s no evidence that this particular blogger is Quiverfull she/he has managed to write something very common in both the world of Quiverfull and Fundamentalist/Evangelical Christian in general – fear mongering over so many common things in life. Though the years we’ve seen so many things decried as tools of the devil, simple things like pogs, children’s trading cards, cartoons, you-name-it. Fear mongering isn’t healthy and is it not the importance you give to things that determines if they are good or evil? Besides, if mandalas make you uncomfortable (and this blogger has several photos of them up at their blog) there are plenty of coloring books available with animals or flowers or other things that really make this a non-issue.
A mandala is used in tantric Buddhism as an aid to meditation. They meditate on the image until they are saturated by it. They believe that you can merge with the deity by meditating on the mandala. “A mandala is also visualized (dhyana) by the yogin whose aim it is to merge with the deity.”
Focusing on mandalas is a spiritual practice where you merge with “deities”–this practice opens the door to demons.
The thing is, how is the devil going to get Christians to meditate on mandalas?
No Christian would put one in their house and sit and stare at it for an hour, chanting the sacred word!
But if the enemy can get a Christian to stare at a mandala because they are coloring it, he can have them absentmindedly focus their attention on the image and they will unknowingly open up their subconscious to this image in almost the same way.
Mandalas may be used to focus attention, as a spiritual teaching tool, to establish a sacred space or as an aid to meditation or trance induction. (Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism)
According to the article above about “Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hindusim,” a mandala is a key tool to practicing a religious ritual, and it opens people up to trances. When you think about how our brains zone out when we color anyways, this makes it even more interesting.
When completed, a mandala becomes a sacred area that serves as a receptacle for deities and a collection point of universal forces. By mentally entering a mandala and proceeding to its center, a person is symbolically guided through the cosmos to the essence of reality. By constructing a mandala, a monk ritually participates in the Buddha’s teachings. ()
The mandala itself is a receptacle for “deities” and “universal forces.” It is not just opening a door to the spiritual realm, it is knocking on the door of a false temple.
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