Architecture and Spirituality
Sadhguru explores the nature of geometry and architecture, and explains the unique nature of the buildings at the Isha Yoga Center, especially the Dhyanalinga dome.
 
 

Sadhguru explores the nature of geometry and architecture, and explains the unique nature of the buildings at the Isha Yoga Center, especially the Dhyanalinga dome.

Sadhguru: Architecture is just a play of geometry. If you look at all the buildings at the Isha Yoga Center right now, they do not stand because of the strength of the material. They stand only because of perfectness of the geometry. That is the beauty of what we are doing here. If you use concrete, cement or steel, generally you can make the building any way you want because it’s the material that holds it together, not the geometry. At the Yoga Center, all we have used is brick, lime and mud. It is only the geometry that is makes the structures stand, similar to the way the globe is made.

Everything that you see around you, right from a tree to your own body is perfectly geometrical, isn’t it? If you look at it in a relaxed manner, is there any tension in this body? That means it is in perfect geometry. If the geometry is not proper, it would create tension. So if you know how to keep the body, it can exist here for a long time and very well too, because it is properly aligned and in proper geometry. If something was not fixed properly then there would naturally be some tension.

So here the buildings are relaxed. They are meditating, you can say.

Right now, modern buildings being constructed today are like this; they are held together by tension, because the material is strong and it provides support. This is not the case at the Yoga Center, it’s just the geometry at play. So here the buildings are relaxed. They are meditating, you can say. The building itself is meditating because there is no tension in it. Concrete buildings, some of which even we have built, are held together by the tension of the steel and concrete. The gravitational power of this planet is constantly trying to pull those buildings down, but not those which are in perfect harmony with the forces of the planet. This is not architecture, it’s just spirituality.

If you take a look at the Dhyanalinga at the Isha Yoga Center, the uniqueness of its dome is that there is no cement steel, or concrete in it. It is only made of brick and mud. The simple technology of this is that all the bricks are trying to fall down at the same time, and hence they never can. It’s like five people trying to get into a door at once - nobody will get in unless one has a little courtesy to step back. If none of them do, they will all just keep pushing. As long as they are pushing, they remain in place for as long as the planet is on.

My estimate is such that the Dhyanalinga should last a minimum of 5000 years because there is no tension in the building anywhere. It is standing because of the simple, perfect geometry of construction.

 
 
 
 
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3 years 11 months ago

im sorry to say, why do we take this risk.. better to do it safe... if we need to receive energy, lets receive from meditation right?

5 years 9 months ago

Dear Sadguru, Can we apply similar concept to inter personal relationships?

3 years 11 months ago

There no tension in the brcks but they are under compression.

5 years 9 months ago

Fascinating...

3 years 2 months ago

When he is talking about a tension-less building, folks are talking about tension-less living. Please don't leave your brain in a trunk.
That said, I am failing to appreciate the dome's architecture although I've been hearing it from the time I first took my Isha course (2008) when I was 19. The dome was built just like any other brick masonry domes that were built previously. In fact, there are larger domes that have stood the test of time and plundering during wars. I don't see how this dome is special. This technology isn't limited to ancient India. Very basic and intuitive design that even children can come up with. Please explain to me, someone.

5 years 9 months ago

... like poem... this article and the buildings ... wonderful dhyanalinga and linga bhairavi feeling vibrating dancing within me... Thank you...

3 years 2 months ago

Kedarnath temple during Himalayan tsunami,
Lingraj & rath temples during orrisa cyclone,
Recently Pashupati Nath temple in Nepal & many more are designed through same technology & have proved themselves tougher & stronger than any other so-called safer buildings

5 years 9 months ago

Blessed are we who get to listen to these perceptions which are beyond normal consciousness levels..sadhguru,pls soak us in your blessings,like this!!

3 years 2 months ago

Going by the logic of all bricks responding to gravity and hence not falling, I feel 5000 years, though desirable, could be far fetched. Reason: I've seen some cracks in the dome when I visited in Feb this year, and they seem to have been attended to, but still visible. My take is that all manmade structures will have some inherent fault or the other, however well planned they are, and natural forces have their say over a time.

5 years 9 months ago

Tension-less living is the very core of joyous living. Sadhguru has put it so beautifully.

3 years 2 months ago

Rightly said... so are the spiritual temples & sculptures around India... They are intact since BC, for simple reason as explained by Sadguru... They are releaved from tension...!

5 years 8 months ago

wow. a great technology applied.its possible to construct all the buildings in that same manner?

3 years 2 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru architecture is spiritual, societies building is this consciously crafted or build spiritually

5 years 8 months ago

Beautiful !

5 years 8 months ago

linga bhairavi s amazing

5 years 8 months ago

Dhyanalinga, one of calmest places i hav ever been.

5 years 7 months ago

This is really interesting. Perhaps this explains why there are certain places where we feel at ease and relaxed while there are those that we feel so tensed.