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**#5** **A correspondence between the outer Tree of Life and the 3-d Sri Yantra**

The Sri Yantra is generated by the overlapping of five downward-pointing, blue triangles
expressing the cosmic feminine aspect of the process of creation (represented in Hinduism by the Goddess Shakti)
and four upward-pointing, red triangles expressing the cosmic male principle (represented by her consort, the God
Shiva). They generate a central triangle and four sets of 8, 10, 10 & 14 triangles, i.e.,
**87** corners of 43 triangles. **87** is the number value of *Levanah*,
the Mundane Chakra of Yesod. Hence, 60 *new* corners of triangles are created from the nine parent
triangles with 27 corners.

Compare this with the construction of the Tree of Life from tetractyses. In addition to the
original 10 corners of its 16 triangles (denoted by black yods), there are 60 red hexagonal yods generated by
transforming all the triangles into tetractyses. These new yods are the counterpart of the 60 new corners of
triangles in the Sri Yantra created by the overlapping of the nine triangles that form it. This demonstrates the
fact that, although having very different appearances, the Tree of Life and the Sri Yantra are *equivalent*,
or isomorphic, having analogous properties quantified by the same numbers and displaying similar relationships
between the latter.

The counterpart in a regular polygon of this increase by 60 structural units is the presence in the dodecagon of 60 hexagonal yods when its 12 sectors become tetractyses:

It is evidence that the dodecagon is the *polygonal* counterpart of the Tree of
Life, so that it has a holistic status. This important assertion will be confirmed in many sections of the website.
As the last of the seven types of regular polygons making up the inner form of the Tree of Life, the dodecagon has
a *unique* character, being the polygon that *par excellence* embodies numbers
characterising the E_{8}×E_{8} heterotic superstring (e.g., see here) and the 4_{21} polytope, whose 240 vertices represent the 240 roots
of E_{8} (see here & here). The dodecagon expresses the Malkuth aspect of the microscopic
Tree of Life, namely, the superstring. Composed of **73** yods, it embodies the number
**73** of Chokmah ("Wisdom").

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