Why Spiritual Infrastructure? Part 2
In the first article “Why Spiritual Infrastructure? Part 1” we looked at the need for support from society when it came to pursuing the spiritual process. In Part 2, we look at the vital need for consecrated spaces.
Over the millennia, India has produced a galaxy of enlightened masters. In turn, these glorious beings offered their learning and knowing to society to enable people to attain to the same state for generation after generation.
The spiritual masters in this land have offered people an abundance of consecrated spaces to work towards their wellbeing. What is consecration? Sadhguru says, “Consecration is a live process. If you transform mud into food, we call this agriculture. If you make food into flesh and bone, we call this digestion, integration. If you make flesh into mud, we call this cremation. If you can make this flesh or even a stone or an empty space into a Divine possibility, that is called consecration. Today, modern science is telling you that everything is the same energy manifesting itself in a million different ways. If that is so, what you call the Divine, what you call a stone, what you call a man or a woman, what you call a demon, are all the same energy functioning in different ways.”
Throughout India, and particularly in the South, we have temple towns with magnificent temples that would be engineering marvels even with modern machinery at our disposal. Apart from being focal points of education, art and culture, temples also served as powerful energy centers. Ancient temples were built not as places for prayer, but as vortices of energy where, if people were receptive and willing, they could transform themselves in a very deep way. Society strongly believed that the kind of dwelling you lived in was not important, but being around a consecrated space would make a phenomenal difference in your life. About the importance of being in consecrated spaces, Sadhguru says, “Every human being deserves to live in a consecrated space. It is with this awareness that in our culture, every street had three temples; because even a few metres should not pass without there being a consecrated space. The idea was not to create one temple versus the other; the idea was that nobody should walk in a space which is not consecrated; nobody should live in a space which is not consecrated. The temple was always built first, and then houses were built.”
India has always known the art, the science and the technology of god-making. These were energy forms that function in a specific manner. Bharat has 33 million gods and goddesses, because this is the only culture that has realized that God is of our making. Indian yogis have formed and consecrated a plethora of gods and goddesses. When they made a god or a goddess it was done with a particular purpose, towards a particular end. Sadhguru tells us that tantric goddesses such as Rakini, Dakini, and Chankini were made, and that those who made them chose to give them a form with certain attributes and capabilities. Sadhguru says, “In a way, they are energy robots. They were made for a certain purpose, with a certain way to activate them, a certain way to access them, a certain way to make use of them.”
The Enchantment of Kashi
One of the stunning examples of spiritual infrastructure in this land is the city of Kashi. Sadhguru says, “To create a city like Kashi is a mad ambition and they did it thousands of years ago. They built a kind of instrument in the form of a city; there were 72,000 shrines, the number of nadis in the human body. The whole process is like a manifestation of a mega human body to make contact with a larger cosmic body, bringing about a union between the micro and the macro.”
The lore about Kashi is immense. Through the ages, people have longed to live there, and to die in Kashi, not for pleasure, but for the possibility that the city offered: a mechanism to go beyond all limitations.
The creation of a Dhyanalinga has always been the dream of many enlightened beings, but the complexities involved in its creation are such that it rarely materialized. Consecrated by Sadhguru through an intense, three-year process of prana pratishtha, the Dhyanalinga embodies the energies of all the seven chakras raised to their very peak, and locked to prevent dissipation over time. The physical form of the Dhyanalinga – the black granite stone – is just scaffolding for this energy. Even if this were to be removed now, the energy form that exists there cannot be destroyed. It is eternally present and available to all.
Sadhguru describes the Dhyanalinga as “a small capsule of the cosmos”. About the possibilities it offers, Sadhguru says, “The sphere and energy of Dhyanalinga will create a possibility for every human being who comes in contact with it – either actually in its vicinity, or just in his consciousness – if he is willing to open himself up. It will be available to them. It will become the highest possibility for them.”
Maintaining India’s Ethos
Going to the right place for the right things is essential for success. As a spiritual gateway, maintaining the fundamental ethos of this nation becomes very important. Explorations about the inner nature of the human being have happened in this land for thousands of years. If we bring this back, the whole world will look to India for their inner well-being.