The Oregon Sri Yantra
Oddly enough, although crop circles are far more prevalent in the UK than in the United States, few people have ever heard of the Oregon Sri Yantra despite it being one of the most fascinating on record. On August 10th of 1990, the Idaho Air National Guard noticed the formation which seems to have simply appeared overnight. The shear size of the anomaly only adds to this mystery.
The formation, found on a dry lake bed near the Oregon/Idaho border, consisted of 13.3 miles of lines, was scored into the hardpan at a depth of 3 inches and were 10 inches wide. Almost immediately individuals started taking credit for the formation. The problem was, the evidence didn’t coincide with their claims and one of the individuals claiming responsibility had ulterior motives for doing so.
The first group of individuals claiming responsibility ran into a few problems with their story. For starters the size, depth, width and location were an issue. They alleged that they pulled a garden cultivator like a plow for over 13 miles, in an officially designated Wilderness Area, in the August desert heat, where not even cars are permitted. They claimed to have hauled their gear 3/4 of a mile from their camp site each day yet told a sergeant with the Air National Guard that their camp site was 2 miles from the location. Another problem is that in their letter they claimed all four of them were hitched to the garden cultivator to pull it yet video they released shows only two of them attempting to pull it. They also fabricated the video by plowing over lines that already existed while claiming the video was shot as they were making it. The already existing lines could be seen in front of the men claiming to be making them. When plowing into the unplowed soil it took tremendous effort to plow even 1/2″ into the hardpan as opposed to the 3″ that the formation was comprised of.
Another individual that claimed to have been responsible for the formation was artist Bill Witherspoon. Bill claims the project took multiple individuals 10 days to complete and all work was done by hand. Aside from the fact that he was proven to be simply attempting to self-promote himself, we are still left with the fact that in order to plow a formation 3″ deep, 10″ wide and 13.3 miles in length would require a major excavation effort when in fact no tire tracks were ever found and the Idaho Air National Guard who flies over the area on a regular basis said it simply appeared one day.
Yet another major discrepancy was that the soil appeared to have been removed while all claims by individuals using a plowing method would have left mounds of soil to the side of each line. So not only would they have had to make this enormous design in the hard topsoil of the desert, they would then of had to remove all of the plowed soil.
What is the Sri Yantra?
Yantra (यन्त्र) is the Sanskrit word for “instrument” or “machine”.
The Sri Yantra (“sacred instrument”) or Sri Chakra (“sacred wheel”) is a yantra formed by nine interlocking triangles that surround and radiate out from the central (bindu) point, the junction point between the physical universe and its unmanifest source. It represents the goddess in her form of Shri Lalita or Tripura Sundari, “the beauty of the three worlds (Heaven, Earth, Hell)”. The worship of the Sri Chakra is central to the Shri Vidya system of Hindu worship. Four isosceles triangles with the apices upwards, representing Shiva or the Masculine. Five isosceles triangles with the apices downward, symbolizing female embodiment Shakti. Thus the Sri Yantra also represents the union of Masculine and Feminine Divine. Because it is composed of nine triangles, it is known as the Navayoni Chakra. “These nine triangles are of various sizes and intersect with one another. In the middle is the power point (bindu), visualizing the highest, the invisible, elusive center from which the entire figure and the cosmos expand. The triangles are enclosed by two rows of (8 and 16) petals, representing the lotus of creation and reproductive vital force. The broken lines of the outer frame denote the figure to be a sanctuary with four openings to the regions of the universe”.
Sri Yantra Facts:
- The Sri Yantra is a sacred geometry that originated in India
- It is composed of 9 interlocked triangles
- It is very difficult to draw without errors at the intersections