Religion, the Working Together of the Three Worlds
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami , 1990-05-28
Saivite religion, the working together of the three worlds. What are the Deities. How to we approaching the temple. Puja, establishing a shrine.The power of darshan from the deities. The pujari's function. Gaining permission to practice yoga, religion.
The Saivite Hindu religion brings to us one of the greatest gifts: The working together of the three worlds. Worlds within one another where great intelligent beings live who have evolved through eons of time, able to help mankind without themselves having to live in a physical body. These great Mahadevas with their multitudes of devas live, work, constantly and tirelessly for the people of our religion protecting, guiding them, opening doors, closing unused ones.
The Hindu temple is the place to go, to meet and contact the great overlords of our religion. They live there! Each temple is built to honor one or another of the gods. And each Saivite Hindu must associate himself with these gods in a very sensitive way when he approaches the temple on pilgrimage. He is aware that he is being watched. He is aware that he is being admitted into the temple by one or more of these great personalities. As he approaches the Sanctum Sanctorum he does so fully aware that an intelligent being greater and more evolved than himself is there, looking at him, watching him, fully knowing his most secret thoughts. Fully capable and able of taking care of any situation the devotee may lay at the feet of the gods.
It is important that one approach the deity in this way. The physical representation of the god be it a stone, a metal image, yantra or even a tree simply is the physical representative of the place that the god will manifest in or hover over in his etheric body. Our souls live in thephysical bodies. Why could not a soul live in a tree? That's also a good place to live. These advanced souls can take up residence any place they live and their devas do too.
This is the way one world works with another. Therefore when we perform puja, a religious ritual, we are attracting the attention of the devas and the Mahadevas in the inner world and telling them that we need them to come to us for certain reasons. That is the purpose of a puja. Therefore we establish an alter. Maybe in the home, that is the place that the deva manifests himself in. By the word manifest I mean he actually comes and lives there and can stay for a long time providing the vibration is kept perfect and uninterrupted.
The alter takes on a certain power. In our religion there are alters inhabited by devas who represent the great gods of our religion all over the world and there are temples where the gods themselves manifest too. Their darshan can be felt. Messages can be given to the vibratory rates of the emanations of the being of the Mahadevas as well as from their representatives their own personal devas who carry out their work for them in lesser alters and shrines.
You are hearing the tones of my voice through the sensitive organs, your ears. Meaning comes into your mind because you have been trained to translate these vibrations into meaning through the knowing of the language that I'm speaking. However, darshan is a vibration too that you pick up through the sensitive nerve ganglia, the chakras. And, perhaps not immediately, but the message that the darshan carries, direct from the Mahadevas, direct from Lord Ganesha, direct from Lord Muruga, direct from Lord Siva himself becomes manifest in your life. This is the way gods talk to you. This is the way devas communicate through the radiation of darshan from the Sanctum Sanctorum of a temple. This is the way they communicate to you.
You do not take up the communications rapidly. You do not know what the darshan is even the words that I'm saying now. You maybe do not know the depths of the meaning. It comes back to you later on. Visiting a Hindu temple, receiving darshan from the great gods of our religion can change the entire life of an individual. It alters the flow of the life currents within his body, it awakens the chakras, it changes him completely. But the change is slow. It feeds off the experience. For months and months and months after his visitation to the temple. He comes to know and love the deity. The deity comes to know and love him, helping and guiding his entire evolutionary pattern.
Darshan coming from the great temples of our gods can change the patterns dating back many past lives, can clear up conditions that were created hundreds of years ago and are but seeds now waiting to manifest in the future. And through their grace those seeds can be squashed up if the manifestation in the future would not enhance the evolution of the soul. And this is the great power of darshan from the deities of our religion.
The temple brings the three worlds together. The pujari in the temple is the representative in the physical world of the gods, the presiding deity of that temple and his many devas in the second world. He is a first world deva; he is their representative; he is their servant and the one responsible for creating an atmosphere with enough power within it so that they can hover over the images on the alter and bless the people who are attending. The individuals who are attending come, open in a hesitant way, for they know they are approaching one of the greatest beings on the planet. The pujari touches the image on the alter knowing that his touch is felt by the deity that is manifesting over the alter in his subtle body.
Once a Hindu alter is sanctified, devas, many devas live in it, through it, are actually hooked into it. And are constantly blessing the people. That is their job; that is their duty.
The pujari knows that as he approaches this alter, they are aware of him. He is their servant in the first world. He makes no move that they would disapprove of. He knows that they see his aura, they read his mind, that they feel his physical body as he moves the articles at the base of the shrine around and uses him. He knows that his touch is felt on the image as he dresses the image and adorns it with the sacred substances used by the priest. Thus he is very conscious.
When a shrine has, emanating from it constantly, day in and day out, a holy feeling, we are all well aware that great beings, representative of the gods are living constantly at that particular place. Therefore, we approach that alter knowing that they are there, looking, watching and ever desiring to help.
Each Saivite Hindu knows that he must gain permission from Lord Ganesha before beginning any new task but he does not complete, go and worship Lord Ganesha and then go and start the task. He waits for permission, maybe permission will not be granted. He knows this because of the feeling, the darshan.
One does not begin yoga practice without the permission of Lord Ganesha. The permission of Lord Muruga. Then he may practice yoga. The permission may be denied. He's sensitive and he know that it may be denied and he waits and he watches and he wonders and feels and he comes to know whether a yes or a no has been given. This is religion.