The Mandala Forest
 
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A few weeks after I purchased a copy of  Healing with Form, Energy, and Light by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche I noticed the similarity between the mandala on the cover of the book and the Windows Vista logo.  I had a chance to ask the cover artist, Mary Ellen McCourt Huehner, about this similarity and she said that the five elements and their traditional colors from the Bon religion were around long before modern technology, let alone the development of the Vista logo. These five elements are earth (yellow), water (blue), fire (red), air(green), and space(white or colorless).  She mentioned that the particular mandala that appears on the cover of the book was a combination of her own experiential vision and a collaborative effort between herself  and Tenzin Rinpoche, who in reference to the elements, states on page nine of his book that "These  are the five aspects of pure luminosity, the rainbow-like energies of the single sphere of existence."  These elements make up the rainbow body, which, according to the Bon tradition, is attained through spiritual mastery.  Native Americans also speak of a prophescy of the Rainbow Warrior.

It's uncanny that not only the shapes and colors of these two images are so close, but also the arrangement of the colors are nearly identical.  While Mary Ellen's elemental mandala makes a stronger use of the color white in it's central depiction of space, the curved squares of color in the Windows logo subtly fade to white as they approach the colorless center of the figure.  Whether or not the Windows Vista logo designers were tapped into some sort of Jungian collective unconscious or the underlying interconnected reality, accidentally approximating a Bon mandala, is a question that will not likely be answered.  Maybe the Windows logo is serving as a sort of hidden vehicle for widespread expression of elemental consciousness or the rainbow body.   Perhaps it is an urgent reminder of the underlying nature of reality to those of us in the technologically dominated Western world who are attempting to "tune in."  Or perhaps it is a signal of the immanent arrival of some form of Rainbow Consciousness.Interestingly enough, the primary expression of the Vista logo is through a computer screen, which is an emanation (rather than a reflection) of "luminosity."  

UPDATE: A little over a month after creating this post, I stumbled upon a blog in which the author also raises questions about the archypal form of the Simon game.  You can read his post here.

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The traditional colors of the Bon elements show up in other places, occasionally in forms approximating mandalas. The popular game Simon, also made use of sound and light. Lost Season 3, Episode 1 (Tale of Two Cities) features a closeup of the Talking Heads album art from Speaking in Tongues. Lost Season 1, Episode 14 features a hospital scene, with a poster bearing the red green yellow blue colors.
 


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