Sadhguru on Agastya Muni
Synopsis: Agastya muni was one of the Saptarishis. In this talk Sadhguru looks at his immense contribution and also explores a few of the many places that Agastya muni spent time at. Kailash, Kantisarovar (lake of grace), where the first yoga program happened; Guptakashi; Vindhyachal Mountains; Biligiri Rangana Betta; Nattatreeswarar Temple; Sathuragiri Hills. Sadhguru says, in many ways, Agastya muni can be...
Synopsis: Agastya muni was one of the Saptarishis. In this talk Sadhguru looks at his immense contribution and...
March 21, 2020
What is the significance of The Mahakaleshwar Temple?
Synopsis: As Sadhguru explains, the Mahakaleshwar Temple (Ujjain, India) is one of the most powerfully energized spaces. If you are receptive and go with certain preparation in the temple, it will shake you from the inside. The very nature of this 'Mahakala' form is that everything is burnt into ashes - that means you become free from the physical. It propels you towards your ultimate liberation. It is not for...
Synopsis: As Sadhguru explains, the Mahakaleshwar Temple (Ujjain, India) is one of the most powerfully energized...
February 12, 2020
Sadhguru tells us about the incredible Baalbek temple in Lebanon. Local legend says that the temple was originally built by people "from the East." He tells us about curious facts about the temple. One such fact is that there are stone lotuses carved on the temple's ceiling. There are no lotuses in Lebanon. Sadhguru shares some more fascinating facts about this famous temple.
Shiva found access to the reality of creation in utter stillness or in absolute movement. Intrigued by watching him move from utter stillness to mad dance, and being in absolute ecstasy in both, the Gandharvas and Yakshas were keen to get an grasp of this experience. To have an insider, they plotted and got Shiva married to Sati. Sadhguru narrates the story of how Sati burnt herself up in the ceremonial fire, and how 54 Shakti Sthalas were born when a despondent Shiva carried her rotting corpse.
Unfortunately people today think that temples are places of prayer. Only in South India, people have still kept the basic instructions of going to the temple alive. Temples are not places of worship, they are not places to ask, it is a place to receive. You must sit there for some time and imbibe the energy. Sadhguru says - "You are not going there to tell god what he should do – you are there to make yourself available to a dimension of energy that you by yourself are not able to generate".
The Natadreeswarar temple is located mid way along Cauvery river's path, so its referred as the navel of Cauvery. Sadhguru tells us that the sand linga is still physically intact, and though it was consecrated 6000 years ago, in terms of energy it is still explosive. Sadhguru says - "It is generally believed that Agastya muni left his energies and his subtle body in this space".
The word 'kashi' means tower of light. Sadhguru says - "This beam of light is the symbolism of Kashi, because Kashi is a machine, a yantra, a cosmogenic effort to bring the cosmos to you". Sadhguru tells us that in his experience the real energy structure of kashi is 33 feet above ground, and is going upto 7200 feet. At one time, there were over 72,000 shrines, each with their own method, but all with only one goal, that of - mukti (liberation). No one really knows how old the city is, as Mark Twain said "it's older than the legend". The city has been ravaged multiple times, and a lot of it is damaged. Still, Sadhguru says that energy wise it's still phenomenal.
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?
Different people, different form, different spaces - all have an impact on you. Your body is accumulated food from the outside. Life can not be measured, but can be known. Only physical aspects can be measured. Sadhguru shares an incident, when he sat for meditation, the instruments measuring his vitals, pronounced him dead! Consecration is that dimension of energy which is not physical. It's very important for individual wellbeing to live in consecrated spaces, especially for children below 14 years of age.
Sadhguru tells us about the initiation process performed at Kailash, and how it opens one up to absorb the possibilities that Kailash offers. He also explains that the information stored in Kailash is largely in the non-physical dimension, and because of that the physical also reverberates a certain way. Sadhguru says, the reason why he goes to Kailash every year - "The sheer immensity of Kailash draws me there. No matter how many times and in how many ways you look at it, still there are endless other ways to look at it".
An Indian temple is not a place to petition god. They are energized spaces. They are consecrated to create an energy device to be made use of. Sadhguru says - "What was a tremendous science and a phenomenal technology, has largely been reduced by people to an emotional thing today". Each temple is created for a specific purpose. Sadhguru says - "Particularly in southern India, we created five temples to gain mastery over the five elements of earth, water, fire, wind and space".
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.
Shiva traveled to many places in India. Sadhguru tells us about four significant spaces where he spent time - Kailash, Velliangiri, Kashi and Kantisarovar. He elaborates on the power and energy of these spaces, and why they are significant for any spiritual seeker.
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.