What is the Benefit of Consecration?
Sadhguru: As life is just energy manifested itself in various forms, a whole science of consecration is also about using these life energies and the manifested forms which could be of immense benefit and serve human well-being on various dimensions. The Linga is one such form and the science of manifesting energy in the Linga form is an ancient science, which has been mastered in this part of the world and been prevalent for thousands of years. It is also interesting to note that in many parts of the world including Africa, Europe and even among the Native Americans there are certain examples.
Here, in India, people did not believe in god. You need to understand there were never any prayers in India till a few centuries ago. Only invocations, no prayers. Even today, nobody is leading a prayer in the Indian temple. Nobody tells you you must pray, but the tradition is you must sit there for a while. It’s very alive in South India even today. These places were created as energy centers where people could go, recharge themselves, reverberate with the energy and come out. For different types of requirements different types of temples were created. Now if you are suffering from fear you go to one kind of temple, lack of love you go to another kind of temple, lack of prosperity you go to another kind of temple - they created different types of energies. This whole science is called as the science of consecration. You consecrate a certain space with a certain reverberation where people can go and benefit from that.
For different purposes they created different types of temples where you need not go and appeal for anything. You just go sit there, imbibe that and come. This is a kind of technology. But when the bhakti movement swept the country, this technology became diluted. When the bhaktas or devotees came - a devotee is not interested in any science. He grows from the strength of his emotion - his emotion is everything for him. Earlier all the temples were built by the yogis and the siddhas, but later on devotees started building the temple. When the devotees started building temples, they started making them whichever way they like because these are romantic people. They are in love with something, so they just do it whichever way they feel like it - for them science and technology means nothing. Because of this, so many things got distorted.
So your ideas of God, whatever the idea, is just a social influence upon you, isn’t it? If you really want to know, you should not assume anything, that’s the first thing. From where did this idea of God come to you? Because there is creation, you assumed there is a creator, isn’t it? So the only reason why you thought of a creator is because of the creation. The creation is definitely the doorway and which is the most intimate part of creation to you in your life? Yourself, isn’t it? So this is the easiest and simplest way.