Posts tagged the inner temple
"When I call to my mind the temple, I call to my mind the feelings..."

Every Sunday morning, even when we slept late at the sleepover the night before. Dad always woke us up in time to pray at our mandir (temple) in the bedroom. To this day my best friends and I remember it like it was yesterday.

My religion is my culture, in the essence of my being. Ask me to explain it and I struggle to find the words to describe the feelings.

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"We are our own sacred space..."

In thinking about the temple, I have been thinking a lot about sacred geometry -- the mathematical principles that guide the design and construction of our sacred spaces; our temples, churches, mosques, synagogues. We as humans are drawn to admire these principles both in nature as well as in the built environment. And the human body itself is designed with these principles in mind, we are proportioned to mimic these patterns that we see in nature. So we are our own sacred space.

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"The temple is within us..."

I love that we are recognizing sacred spaces in ourselves and our lives. I certainly find my bedroom to be one of my temples. I have a small alter for my meditations and my windows face east so its very energizing to practice here in the mornings. Keeping this space clean and calm definitely keeps me at ease. However, when the weather is nice I find myself abandoning this temple to be outside. Living in New York I think the city's parks are all temples in themselves. There's something very cleansing about laying in soft grass and breathing in (relatively) fresh air especially in a place that calls us to spend most of our time in buildings or surrounded by concrete, these green spaces are all the more precious!

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"The Inner Temple"

The sound of singing bowls transmit a frequency, a silent humming of energy. There is one near each chakra, tuning the spokes of the wheels to source. It is a hymn of my love affair with the Divine. The scent of incense smoke petitions the spirits raising consciousness. Swirls, looping around each energy center collaborating in a purification rite ...a passage.

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"When I think of a temple, a 7'x3' block of space comes to mind..."

When I think of a temple, a 7'x3' block of space comes to mind. The caramel-colored hardwood floors, the screened windows transmitting early morning quiet, punctuated by the language of neighborhood animals, unknowable yet familiar, as comforting as the light sweat that kisses my brow and back as I conclude my sun salutations. I used to beg of technology to fill that little space with tempos and rhythms, Hare krishnas and ancient psalms, but now I find an unmatched music in my breath. As I move, as I flow from one posture to the next, I can feel the rest of my day also smoothing out before me.

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"I see the Temple as the place where I find peace..."

For me, I see the Temple as the place where I find peace and comfort throughout each day.  It is an ever changing place, that ebbs and flows like a tide.  It is that moment I wake up and see the light coming through my bedroom windows, and enjoy quiet before my schedule takes over.  It is the notes of my favorite songs that I lose myself in on a long subway ride.  Or hearing my mom’s voice for just a few minutes during a busy day at work.  The moments that may be fleeting, but bring you back to the present, to yourself.

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"One of the notable things about temples..."

One of the notable things about temples, is that they are constantly attended to. The temple is cleaned every day by the people who are devoted to the space. In temples it's monks, at Jai it's the teachers and seva's (volunteers). Today lets give thanks to our great teachers and volunteers who make Jai a clean and special place for us to come and release our cares. In this clean space we can see clearly. In a cared for space, we feel cared for. These are all the qualities of a temple. A space for us to connect with our highest self.

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