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Thread:Indian Heritage ArchitectureViews: 560
Oct 29, 2007 12:37 pm re: re: re: re: re: re: re: Thread:Indian Heritage Architecture
Shobha(usha) gowri Ok-heres a bit on temple architecture and a bit on worship in a temple
if one enters temple-an ancient one -then it starts with a huge gopuram at the entrance.On it-if we can stand and stare for hours we will see all kinds of images-living beings,demons and all living forms.It represents the world-and as Hinduism is not a religion -but a way of life-it accepts the fact that the world is full of color and different energies-be it sexual or sheer life as we see it.
So as one enters the temple one comes in from a living world -the second gopura will have life forms but fewer in number,As you grow in spirituality-not religiosity-you see the outside world but its impact on you is less
As one proceeds to the sanctum sanatorium the gopuras will become plainer till the ss is the smallest and plainest.
The external world seizes to have an enormous impact on us
So a self aware individual is aware of the world but is not caught up in it and twirled and tossed around by it.
The movement from the outside world to the inside is also a journey of the soul form the outside world to the seeking of God or the spirit in our selves:therefore God exists not in the Heavens but in ourselves and the Gita reinforces that for us-for within us is the vishwa roopam-all life forms exist in us and we in all the living forms-and therefor non-violence and respect for every living form
SO the sanctum sanctorium will be dark for we have reached right inside our souls-if we are to see the God in ourselves then we have to light the camphor-the camphor of Knowledge and wisdom
Swamiji(of Tiruparaithurai)would ask us what do you do when the camphor is lit?-we all close our eyes to pray!!yet the camphor is lit for us to see the power in all it glory!!So he would say open your eyes and see the God-then close your eyes if you have to:-))

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