The Jewelled Net of Indra shows the cosmological basis for holistic health

by Annie Dieu-Le-Veut

When our consciousness is aligned with the true principles of Nature, we understand then how our approach to health needs to be much more holistic and multi-faceted – like a jewel – than just the ‘magic bullet’ solutions of modern medicine.

This consciousness comes from inner contemplation, meditation and shamanic journeying into what some ancient sages called the Jewelled Net of Indra. In Mahayana Buddhism, the Jewelled Net of Indra is a metaphor that demonstrates the principles of interdependent origination in the creation.

This is the way that the creation looks to someone like myself. It’s like a vast glittering jewelled net that I “swim in”, like a sea. It’s not just a theory, or a religious doctrine: it can be experienced.


It was described this way by ancient Buddhist sages who, like all shamans and mystics, were the earliest scientists who understood the true nature of the creation by looking inwards, not out. Siberian shamans would use drums inscribed with the starry constellations, probably for this reason, reflecting the inner space: as above, so below.


Indra is an ancient Vedic god, and the metaphor of the Jewelled Net of Indra is attributed to the Buddhist sage Tu-Shun (577-640 B.C.E.) who described a vast net where:

– at each juncture there lies a jewel;
– each jewel reflects all the other jewels in this cosmic matrix;
– every jewel represents an individual life form, atom, cell or unit of consciousness;
– each jewel, in turn, is intrinsically and intimately connected to all the others;
– thus, a change in one gem is reflected in all the others.


It’s described quite beautifully here:

“Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out indefinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel at the net’s every node, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number.

“There hang the jewels, glittering like stars of the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number.

“Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that the process of reflection is infinite. The Hua’yen school [of Buddhism] has been fond of this image, mentioned many times in its literature, because it symbolizes a cosmos in which there is an infinitely repeated interrelationship among all the members of the cosmos. This relationship is said to be one of simultaneous mutual identity and mutual intercausality.”

~ Francis H. Cook, Hua-yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra

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