Dhyanalinga - An Equal Balance of Masculine and Feminine

In this Spot video, Sadhguru throws light on the connection between Sun and Moon, the masculine and the feminine. He explains why the Linga Arpanam, the Isha Brahmacharis’ seva at the Dhyanalinga, is set up in such a way that Swamis take care of it from Purnima (full moon) to Amavasya (new moon), and Maas from Amavasya to Purnima. Sadhguru says, “If you are male, we want the feminine to rise within you. If you are female, we want the masculine to rise within you.”
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Video Transcript

Questioner: In the Dhyanalinga, the Swamis take care from Pournami to Amavasya, and the Maas from Amavasya to Pournami. So, what is the reason for this? And what is the difference in the quality of these two parts of the lunar month?

Sadhguru: Waxing and waning – that’s what is happening. In one, the influence of the Moon is receding, in another, the influence of the Moon is rising. Moon, you know only as a reflection. Because it’s reflecting Sun’s light, you know the Moon. You know the Sun because he’s burning. Moon is cool. Or in a way, in our experience, it’s a product of the Sun. Not only in our experience, some scientific theories say it is the solar material, which flew out in the spin and became all these planets and satellites and whatever. One small blob became a Moon. For human understanding, we are always looking at everything to give it a polarity, because all physical substance has polarity leanings…


The Sun and Moon, representing the masculine and the feminine



The Dhyanalinga as seen from the entrance to the dome


Actually in India, certain trees are identified as male trees; certain trees are identified as female. Have you seen in the villages, two trees are married? In the villages, young girls go and worship these trees when they want to get married. Two trees get married, big affair in the village. Entire village attends the wedding. People saw this is a masculine tree, this is a feminine tree because of certain types of inclinations in the tree.


A Swami brings flower garlands to the Dhyanalinga



Every little details matters


So similarly, when they looked at the Sun, they saw him as masculine. They saw the Moon as feminine. This is not some rural mind’s mishap. This is a reality. If they were wrong, the female body wouldn’t be in sync with the cycles of the Moon. The Moon, in many ways, represents the feminine. If you are male, the problem with you is you’re looking towards the female. If you are female, the problem with you, you’re looking towards the male because in some way, it’s not there in you. If you are male, we want the feminine to rise within you. If you are female, we want the masculine to rise within you. This is not to distort nature but this is to even out nature.


Decorating the offering stone at the Dhyanalinga


We call Adiyogi, Shiva, the ultimate man, not because he is super macho – he is – but because one half of him is woman. That’s why he is the ultimate man. So the effort is to make you into that ultimate piece of human being, who carries masculine and feminine in equal proportions within you. And you are able to conduct life in a very balanced way because these two things are equally there within you. If you are masculine you don’t have the feminine, if you’re feminine you don’t have the masculine. In how many ways human beings are suffering because of this absence!


Vibhuti at the Dhyanalinga



Welcoming devotees to the Dhyanalinga


So the idea of creating that in the Dhyanalinga temple – it’s not just for those periods, it’s established like that – that if you are there in its presence, slowly you will see after some time you’re quite fine. If you look at a woman, you can simply look at her like you look at everything else in the world, which you did when you were a child. The moment you got chemically poisoned, you lost that ability to simply look at another human being as human being. Every small bump in the body became some great world by itself. Every little something became so big, simply because you distort it. So, to settle that distortion, because it’s such a powerful energy field, if it becomes too masculine or too feminine, then it will take people in a different way. Taking people like that into excessively masculine or excessively feminine nature could be useful to do certain type of work, but not useful to live, not useful to live a balanced life.


Sadhguru during the Pancha Bhuta Aradhana on Mahashivratri


Dhyanalinga is for all. All processes that happen there are wide open for all. Because of that, it’s managed like this. They are going into Linga Arpanam maybe once in three, four, five years. I’ve read lot of sharings of how they felt.

Hundreds and hundreds of experiences, which made them feel something that would’ve never happened to them anywhere else. What happened to them was, on one level, the masculine and the feminine within you got evened out; it’s equal. If it is equal and if you hold it that way, the masculine and feminine is in equal proportion, then only both these things will dare to be full-fledged. When both are full-fledged, you are a full on life. When you are a full on life, suddenly you see the psychological process, the emotional process, the social process that’s happening around you doesn’t mean a damn thing to you, because they are all just accessories.

People need accessories when they are not full-fledged. You never looked at a man, who is walking on crutches and envied him, “Oh, he’s got four legs, I got only two.” If he had golden crutches, maybe you would. So it evens you out, so that this [referring to oneself] is full-fledged. When this [referring to oneself] is full-fledged, you don’t care what somebody has, because being alive is better than anything else.


Lighting lamps on the offering stone



Adorning the Avudayar of the Dhyanalinga