The word Mandala means "circle". A Mandala represents wholeness. It is a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity that extends beyond and within mind and body. It symbolizes the notion that life is never-ending.
Mandalas are used for meditation purposes allowing the individual meditating to become one with the universe. It appears to us in all aspects of life, the planets, the Sun, the Moon, and all things in this Earth with circular geometric patterns like the flowers, the rings of a tree, and even our social circles.
The most important spiritual symbol is Om that the sound of the universe. It is the past, the present, and the future, all that was, all that is, all that will be is Om.
The lotus flower has also been a respected symbol of purity, beauty, and rebirth. It has been hailed as a representation of how difficulties and trials can bring forth a majestic transformation in a person as he or she is honed and molded into the beauty they are today. ( I am sure that sounds impressive to you too.)
Carry with you the calming force of this ancient symbol.
Great gift idea for your friends, family, and even yourself!