Energy and the Earth

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    Energy and the Earth

    In a sacred structure such as a temple, the image or Pratima consecrated in the sanctum or Garbhagruham is often a micro representation of the entire structure known as the Vimanam. The Lingam (which means symbol) represents the abstract universal substance or consciousness. The space around this Lingam, which is a larger version of it, stands for the universal luminous energy. The outer Vimanam, which follows the same basic shape, represents the manifestation of the universe. In this structure itself, the micro substance and the macro substance are represented with space within and outside. This space is called Chitakasha and Parakasha.

    Anoraneeyam Mahato Mahiyanaatma Gruhaayaam Nihitosyajantoho

    (Shvetaasvataro Upanishad)

    Subtler than the subtlest and greater than the greatest, the Atman is concealed in the heart of all creatures.

    Tantumaatro Bhavedeva Pato Yadvadvicharitaha Atma Tanmaatramevedam Tadvadvishvam Vicharitam.

    (Ashtavakra Gita)

    Just as cloth when analysed becomes nothing but thread,

    Even so this universe when examined becomes nothing but the self.



    This statement reflects one of the most profound truths in the philosophy of Hinduism. It is not confined to mere abstraction but is actually reflected in the Vignana Shastras or the scientific treatises, which connect the smallest substance to the larger form. This in turn gets translated into the field as a building or craft item. The Vaastu Shastras, speak of both architecture and sculpture, and carry the principles of both the smallest element and the largest space. The word Vastu stands for substance and Vaastu for space.

    Every building, every object has within it the promise of the universal consciousness provided that it follows the rhythms and proportions set out in the Shastras. The measurements so derived are called Ayadi or Sacred Measures.

    Ghataadishu Praleeneshu Ghataakaashaadayo Yatha

    Aakaashe Sampraleeyanthe Tadvajeeva Ihaatmani.

    (Maandukyo Upanishad)

    Just as the space confined within the pot merges completely with the outer space when it is broken, So too does the individual soul merge with the cosmic self when the body dies.

    The mud pot, which is the miniature representation of the human body, contains space that reflects the cosmic space. That is why when there has been a death, after the funeral rituals the pot in which live embers are carried, is broken; the ashes scattered; the spirit freed from its physical shackles to mingle with the universal spirit; and the pot which symbolizes the body returns to the earth. The family of the deceased walks away without a backward glance. In using the mud pot, a simple functional everyday item, over and over again, human beings glimpse the larger order.

    In a simple dwelling where the rooms and the spaces follow the principles of Vaastu, and the sacred measurements have been checked for benefits, the building becomes a perfect form or pot for the divine consciousness or Paramatma. It also becomes the abode for the human consciousness or Jivatma. This space and form get coded with the infinite and the ordinary.

    Gruhe Gruhe Manushyaanaam Shubha Shubhakaraha Smruthaha

    Tasyaangani Gruhaangaischa Vidwan Naivopapeedayait

    (Mayamata)

    In the dwellings of people it is said that the Vaastu Purusha brings about great benefits and prosperity. An intelligent person should make sure that the parts of the building do not harm the limbs or energies of the Vaastu Purusha.

    The Vaastu Purusha who is the indwelling energy of the Earth itself, is first propitiated before any building activities are begun. This energy pervades the built space and enhances the life of the occupants. When the texts speak of not harming the energies they are offering guidelines for design, which safeguard the existing environmental patterns.

    By Sashikala Ananth
     

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