The Om mani padme hum, the Platonic Soul, the Tao, and the Greek Cross are an Architectural Tool

  • Tine Kurent
Keywords: octagram, symbols, arhitecture

Abstract

The plan of Borobuclur conforms with two concentric octagrams. The lines of the scheme, their lengths, and their intersections, determine the articulation of the Borobudur composition, i. e. the sizes of every part and of the whole as well. The sizes of Borobudur are modular. Their modular multiples are Pell numbers, the ratios of which rationally approximate the irrational proportions in octagram  If Borobudur numbers are located in the Peli number-pattern and connected with a line, the syllable OM, written in Sanskrit, appears. The word octagram is only the modern European name of the symbol of OM. The prayer OM MANI PADME HUM, translated as 'the JEWEL and the LOTOS', is a good description of octagram.

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Published
1989-12-15
How to Cite
KurentT. (1989). The Om mani padme hum, the Platonic Soul, the Tao, and the Greek Cross are an Architectural Tool. Acta Neophilologica, 22(1), 3-12. https://doi.org/10.4312/an.22.1.3-12
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