We know Hindus gave mathematics to the world.
But did you know the basic symbols for arithmetic
operations come from Tantra? The Tantric symbols
represent the process of individual manifestation from
universal consciousness which results from the union of
Shiva & Shakti.
Tantra is the integrated study of universal creation from
point of view of the individual. Tantric science uses
Yantras – precise geometric diagrams as tools to explain
the process of creation and attain self-realization.
Construction of Yantras was the origin of geometry.
All Yantras begin with the Bindu or point which
represents the nucleus of the phenomenal world. It is
the source of creation, therefore it is the beginning of
all manifestation. When the Self decides to manifest in
the material universe, all energy is compressed in a
When the Bindu or supreme consciousness wants to
expand, it becomes a circle through the radius of desire.
A circle without the Bindu represents the nothingness
of empty space without consciousness, therefore a
circle without a point symbolizes zero.
In Yantras, when the Bindu or source aspires to an
upsurge of inspiration or an upward movement to
manifest, a vertical rising or line is created. Thus a
vertical line represents dynamic activity or desire by the
grace of Shakti.
In contrast the horizontal line represents stability
because it is the shortest distance between two
adjacent points. It represents the removal of energy
from the material world like the inert ascetic form of
Shiva resulting in a non-dynamic connection between
When the aspiring dynamic energy of the vertical line
(Shakti) meets the stability of the horizontal line (Shiva),
the two combine harmoniously & abundance of new
creation comes into existence, so when vertical and
horizontal lines intersect in the center, we have
When you remove the dynamic activity of the vertical
line from the symbol of addition, the consciousness
again withdraws from the physical as it does not have
the aspiration to add to creation anymore, therefore
subtraction is represented by the horizontal line.
The diagonal line represents dynamic expression. When
two diagonal lines intersect, the energy of both
individual emanations is magnified exponentially and
the creation of multiple complete forms can manifest-
this represents multiplication.
When a horizontal line comes in between two Bindus or
points of origin as a barrier, it separates the two
emanations of consciousness and divides them into two
different individual loci bifurcating the unity, thus
In the future, we will explore the most basic
geometric shapes & what they represent in Tantra.
Hindus used them as building blocks to represent
incredibly intricate Yantra models of the Universe & the
complex process of material manifestation from subtle