Before starting the Sri yantra meditation one has to ensure they are seated in a comfortable position and then place the yantra directly in front of them about 1-2 feet away or gaze at it on a screen.
Watch the yantra while focusing on the center. At the center is a dot known as Bindu, it symbolizes the harmony that lies in the different aspects of the physical world. Now look closely at the triangle surrounding the Bindu.
The triangle facing downwards is a representation of the power of creation, feminine and the center of all creation, whereas the triangle facing upwards is a representation of masculinity, change, movement, and power.
The individual should then start focusing on the circles enclosing the triangles. They are a symbol of cosmic rhythms. The illustration of the circle incarnates the concept that time has no start or end. The innermost part of the space and the deepest region of an atom have a similar rhythm and the same intensity. That beat is deep within every person.
After focusing on the circle one should then gaze at the lotus petals –they tend to point on the outer side like they are budding- surrounding the circle. They are an illustration of how one’s understanding of life unfolds. Besides, the lotus petals also symbolize the heart, meaning if the heart opens a person gains understanding.
There is also a square image that encloses the yantra. The square illustrates the universe of form, the materialistic things that the human senses find important, a false impression of distinctness, the well-formed corners, and the set boundaries.
On the sideline of the square is four entrances -which have a shape of a T. The four gateways point to the inner side of the yantra representing the inner spaces of the life of an individual. It is a symbol of ones human transition from the world and external to the sacred and internal.
Now watch the yantra closely in a slow motion. One should now allow the various images and shapes to appear naturally and gaze loosely at the yantra. The gaze should be perfect and balanced.
To get absorbed in the yantra, an individual should not move their eyes. With extremely slow movements a person should now expand their vision on each layer of the yantra. Increase the field of the vision gradually to cover more than 180 degrees.
An individual should now reverse the entire process by taking the attention to the inner part of the yantra. The gaze should now be narrower as one takes in from the surrounding. Gradually draw the attention to the four entrances of the yantra and allow the eyes to settle for a moment.
Focus on each of the circular parts of the lotus petals, move the gaze to the triangles and finally to the Bindu. The process of moving back –involution- should be slow and gentle as it involves moving from diversity to oneness.
This process should take some few minutes as one has to draw awareness right in the middle of the yantra by watching each and every layer. The time one requires to watch the yantra should be around 15 minutes.
After watching the Yantra for a while, a person should close their eyes for around 5-25 minutes. This allows one to unfold the Yantra in their mind. Allowing Yantra to unfold in one’s mind is the essential part of the Sri Yantra meditation.
The shapes and patterns of the Yantra show the basic forces of nature flowing through one’s mind and their existence.
Having completed the two phases of the meditation, a person should sit and let the thoughts of what he/she has experienced occupy their thoughts, breath and entire being.
One should not rush to do any physical activities, it is advisable to be calm and take some minutes to just sit quietly. The Sri Yantra meditation may have some effects on a person for some few hours, one should avoid driving or running heavy machinery just after meditation.