The whole creation is rooted in nothingness. It is from this nothingness that billions of galaxies and all life sprouted. Zero means, it's limitless, and it can never be matched by any number, because a number, no matter how big is always limited. Dhyanalinga is a possibility that exhibits both the exuberance of the numbers, and the stillness of zero. In it's presence, it becomes very simple to know the fundamental dimension of life. Everything comes from zero, and everything goes back to the zero. Dhyanalinga is a strong reminder, an exuberant manifestation of life, at the same time absolutely still like nothingness.
What you always wanted to know about Dhyanalinga. Why is there a tamarind tree in front of Dhyanalinga with black cloths tied to it? Why are there so many downward flowing snake sculptures? Are the Patanjali & Vanashree in the parikrama also energized in some way? Why is there a Nada Aradhana every day? Can a human being become like Dhyanalinga? If we visit Dhyanalinga once, can we access Dhyanalinga wherever we are?
The energy of Dhyanalinga is so intense, that it can become like a strong wall. If you penetrate through this wall, it would be wonderful, but many people will sit outside because of the intensity. So, Nada Aradhana, offered twice a day, is for cracking this wall by using certain sounds. Also, whenever you approach anything with a sense of offering, it makes you more receptive. The time that Nada Aradhana is offered, is also the most conducive time to be receptive.
In context of Shambhavi Mahamudra practice, Sadhguru says - "The practice is set for wellbeing, but your idea of wellbeing still matters. Your idea of wellbeing may just be a little better health and success in what you are doing, and you think that is it. That is why I am saying, “Don’t set a goal – let it evolve.” Let it evolve to a place that you could not imagine. Do not stay stuck in something that you already know. As you evolve, the practice functions at a higher level as well."
In the beginning everything was primordial. When creation happened, duality was born. Because there is duality, there is creation. You can call it, Ida - Pingala, Yin - Yang, Shiva - Shakthi, Feminine - Masculine or Intuitive - Logical dimensions. Our sense organs are limited to experiencing this duality. The science of Dhyanalinga is to establish exuberance of this duality of life. Only once you know that both the logical and intuitive are not sufficient, there is a longing to know what is beyond - to have a direct perception of reality.
When someone comes to a spiritual guru - they can come as investigators, as students, as disciples or as devotees. Investigators want to find the worst, students want to find the best, disciples want to transform themselves, and devotees are not interested in any of this, they simply want to dissolve. If you work upon yourself, on the level of your body and mind, transformation will happen. But, if you give it up, after sometime you will be back to where you were. But if something is imprinted on your etheric body, you can never destroy it. Dhyanalinga is a tool - once you are in the sphere of Dhyanalinga, regardless of who you are, the seeds of spiritual liberation are sown into you.
Q: Sadhguru, in India there are lingas everywhere. In what way is the Dhyanalinga different from other lingas? Are there other lingas in the world or is it a science limited to Indian culture? You also say it is not a religious symbol. How so? What is the science behind the making of the Dhyanalinga? Sadhguru says - "The science of linga-making is a huge experiential possibility, and has been there for thousands of years.....The Dhyanalinga, which is empowered with all the seven chakras, was consecrated by prana pratishtha."
If you look at the core of any galaxy, you will observe that the first form that it takes is that of an ellipsoid. The ellipsoid is the first form of manifestation. In Eastern traditions a certain mastery has been attained in consecrating (energizing) the lingas, which are in the form of ellipsoid. So, Dhyanalinga is not made for worship or prayer. By simply sitting silently, one can experience and imbibe the energies. Simply doing this can ignite one's energies into a completely different dimension of experience.
The Dhyanalinga parikrama adorns five panels. These depict the life transforming moments of few devotees; Akka Mahadevi, Poosalar, Sadashiv Brahmendra, Meiporul Nayanar and Kannappa Nayanar. Sadhguru tells us about each of them and stories of their devotion.
Dhyanalinga means a meditative force. There is no worship, ritual or offering for Dhyanalinga. One just needs to sit in silence and imbibe and soak in the energies. Dhyanalinga is in such a way that on each day of the week, a specific chakra (energy junction) is dominant - so one can derive a specific benefit, by soaking in energies on that particular day of the week. Sadhguru tells us which day of the week is conducive for what benefit.
All radiations are in the form of a circle, so Dhyanalinga shrine has been made circular. If it was made square, there would be certain dislocations. Sadhguru mentions that due to time and money constraints he had to compromise on the Dhyanalinga complex design. As far as the dome is concerned, if you look at it, it appears like a hemisphere, but actually it is part of an ellipse. This is because the linga is an ellipsoid, so the best structure would be an elliptical dome to complement the energies. Sadhguru also tells why the dome has been constructed using only bricks, without any concrete, and how the volunteers meticulously built the dome, brick by brick.
The most important and unique aspect about Dhyanalinga is that it has all the seven chakras are energized at their highest possible manifestation. Chakras are the seven basic dimensions of experience within a human being. Sadhguru tells the location of each chakra. Sadhguru also tells us the dominant factors in one's life, depending on which chakra is most dominant. Another aspect is that meditation is Dhyanalinga's predominant quality and not devotion.
Sadhguru tells that there is no difference between Dhyanalinga and Sadhguru. When we refer to Dhyanalinga, we are referring to a subtle body at the peak of vibration. Sadhguru tells about the mystical aspects, of how one can also build a physical body for Dhyanalinga, but that it would take enormous effort, and it may not serve any purpose. Sadhguru also shares incidences from Vivekananda and Krishnamurti's lives, to illustrate the best way to receive Dhyanalinga.