Temples are the part of tantric techniques and Agamic religion. It is just an abstract method for connecting the human mind with the ultimate wisdom that which is inaccessible through the ordinary mental state. It is the method of taking oneself beyond the mental realm. It is the enlightened state. Our mind and these techniques serve only as the mediators to achieve such state.
However, as time passed by, some superstitious customs intermixed with these techniques.
It is our responsibility to pursue such techniques in its originality and chastity by removing unwanted superstitious activities without hurting or obstructing the regional traditions and customs. (Read also 9 Rules for Being Human from Ancient Sanskrit)
What is Hinduism?
Before diving into the field of esoteric activities, let’s see an outline of these practices.
Hinduism is a broad spectrum of philosophies. It is the house for all sects of people.
If you want to follow atheism, you are with the study of nastika (synonym to atheism).
If you want to follow theism, you are with the procedures of astika (synonym to theism).
If you want to follow the principles of ‘supreme energy’, you can practice Advaitha.
If you want to follow the monotheism, polytheism, pantheism, panentheism, idol worship (dualism) or Nirguna Brahma, still you are under the philosophies of Hinduism.
If you believe in manifested nature or something beyond that as existence, you can also follow that.
Existence is that which is, and god is that which is not. Existence is a reality, god is a fiction. Existence is available only to meditators, people of silence; god is a consolation for sick minds, sick psychologies. Existence is not your production – God is. That’s why there is only one existence, but thousands of gods. Each according to his needs, each according to his sufferings, each according to his expectations, creates a god or accepts an old belief about God. God is a great consolation, but it is not a cure. Existence is not a consolation. - Osho
If you what to live as you are, not to believe in anything other than your experiences, follow Charvaka philosophy. Ramana Maharishi said, “How can I possibly express in words the mysterious working of the Supreme through silence?” (Read also 8 Most Powerful Quotes in Spirituality)
That which experienced in silence cannot be expressed in words. – Ma Yasima.
The Rig-Veda has an agonistic view on the creation.
In fact, Hinduism is not a religion. After the rise of Christianity and Islamism, it was nomenclature as a religion. Before that, Shaktism, Buddhism, Jainism, etc. are only different types of practices that come under one roof.
When you dig deeper into these doctrines, you come to know that Hinduism is an agnostic atheistic religion. Sri Buddha never argued about God or creation. He was just with the existence.
The Indian six classical philosophical systems such as Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Samkhya, Yoga, Mimamsa, and Vedanta have both atheistic and theistic doctrines. For a common person, it begins with the theistic approach and forms an agonistic view towards the end. But now Hinduism is widely recognized as the idol worshippers.
This example gives a clear agonistic view of these doctrines. The creation and airborne of a plane in the dream state can only be verified in the wakeful state. It’s such that the ultimate purpose of these philosophies remains only as the mere concepts in the wakeful state and can only be verified in the higher spiritual state (enlightenment). (Read also 7 Most Influential Spiritual Yogis in the World)
Being a quantum and relativistic physicist and to my understanding, up to date, there is no empirical evidence for the existence of spiritual energy (a non-anthropomorphic God).
Science defines energy as the inertia of the body to do work. But the concept of spiritual energy is beyond the scope of physics. It is not possible to circumscribe with the same dimension and attributes of the energies known in physics. Yet, it possesses the qualities of such physical principles.
Regarding the tantric and yogic contexts, this spiritual energy is what we perceive as the fourth state of our consciousness (thuriya), divine power, brahma, that which is unchanging and self-existing. It has varied forms. It’s just interconnectedness. It interconnects with everything that which is manifested and non-manifested. The thuriya is the state where the mind doesn’t exist. It is the actual state of Sahasrara.
Yogis through their heightened awareness and higher intellectual ability disclosed different methods for the common people to realize such powers and such state of mind. These methods are just abstract systems as like some of the scientific attributes of nature. If you miss a principle, it doesn’t work as meant.
Sabarimala – A Unique Temple for Enlightenment
Once, this ancient temple was located in a remote dense forest. Before 12th century AD, it was inaccessible for centuries. Later, the rise in the number of pilgrims and the advancement in the civilization made it easily accessible to the public.
In those olden days, the trail lasts for few days to weeks. Now the trail has shortened to just 4 kilometers. However, some pilgrims follow the olden traditional trails.
The temple and the sanctum are consecrated based on the Agamas. Everything checked here meticulously. These agamas are the set of principles to channelize the spiritual energy of nature in certain locations by constructing pyramidal or related structures.
It also has a form of five elements or natural elements that lie as the center for channeling this energy. It is the deity or the murthi that connects with the supreme consciousness that is eternal and self-pervading that exists beyond the concept of space and time. Some temples require routine rituals as per tantra samuchaya to retain its power. The deity is the doorway to salvation for the common people. That is for the people who fail to contemplate without a form.
The majority of the people are far from the realm of spirituality. Even though there are many ways for spiritual upliftment, only a few could succeed in it. It is because the majority of people are in the lowest state of spirituality. These are the people in the never-ending karmas.
The purpose of these agamas is to make a person’s spiritual goal achievable.
These are the collection of techniques that come under tantras. Even the yoga and kundalini are the part of it.
As the Vedas are the theories of practices, agamas are the application of techniques. It is similar to science and applied science. More clearly, the physics, chemistry, etc. are pure sciences whereas engineering, biotechnology, etc. are the applied sciences.
Most of the people consider the temple as the place to fulfill their mundane desires. They believe that visiting the shrine would remove their burdens and fulfill their desires and wishes. Indeed, temples are not a place for such prayers. It is the place for mental silence (quietness or concentration by means of mantras). The concept of bhakti yoga in Bhagavad Gita has a clear view of it.
I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me. – Albert Einstein.
Certainly, these are the place for spiritual progress on following certain sects of principles. These principles are continued and transformed as religious practices with the influence of local customs and traditions. And, few such customs have deviated such laws from the main sects of principles yielding less to no result.
However, in such spiritual vibrational centers, no thoughts will go vain; it might yield the desired result in the devotees or yield the respective result in them now or later in accordance with the karma.
In the case of Sabarimala, it has a set of principles to follow that are wrapped in religious faith and traditional customs which are having the basis in the tantric scriptures. Following these tantric techniques helps in spiritual growth. Without such practices, visiting the temple is vain and yields no result. It is because of the specific erection of the deity.
In olden times, if a person wishes to visit this temple, he has to undergo strong penance. It is the only way to get rid of the worldly attachments. It’s because the natural instinct of the human is to eat, procreate, and die. So, one has to take some actions in order to free from this natural instinct.
They have to abstain from sex, certain types of food that influence the mental state, fasting, and should not involve in particular habits and activities such as sleeping daytime and waking after sunrise. (Read also Does Yoga Practice Require a Vegetarian Diet?)
Most significant part is that one has to abstain from sex for about 41 to 56 days because sexual energy has a close connection with the spiritual energy. The energy of the shrine works only on those people.
The person has to be in good hygiene and to maintain the external cleanliness including the house or room he resides, and the place he works. Without external cleanliness, internal purity is not possible. That is the purity of the body leads to the purity of the mind. It becomes clear when observing the state of mind in the clumsy, cluttered, and untidy room as well as the state of mind in the room that has an order.
It is because the spiritual state of mind is not achievable for a common man without these austerities. Even a person says he is spiritual; he is far away from that.
However, not all these procedures are necessary for a person if he could achieve that state in his mental realm. In reality, it is not possible. But it doesn’t mean that there is no option. It is possible only for a few.
One also has to follow the dharma principles. It is such that not to involve in the evil activities, and not to hurt anything (ahimsa). He has to practice the truthfulness. Generally, these are the yogic principles to awaken the kundalini and the path to enlightenment.
With this penance, he is very close to the yogic state.
His pilgrim begins on foot. He has to walk nearly a 100 kilometers in deep forest to the shrine. Walking a long distance certainly influence the state of mind. It is a perfect meditation. As he walks the entire path, his mind gets totally absorbed inwardly. He has attained a greater clarity in his mind and thoughts.
Later, when he reaches the shrine which is precisely organized to channel the cosmic power, lit the flame in him thus awakening the kundalini.
Perhaps, he would have instant enlightenment as in the case of Ramana Maharishi in Arunachala temple. Ramana Maharishi had the feelings and sensations few weeks before which came to an end in there is notable. (Read also After Kundalini Awakening What Happens)
But nowadays, such spiritual yogic techniques have less importance for the common people than their religious practices.
The different sects of beliefs and customs had a greater influence on religious practices. Even though it originated in Vedic and Agamic teachings, some practices have slight variations from the tantric techniques due to the regional specifications. And also, they are more prone to the superstitions.
But, spirituality lay down on the sect of techniques; something that is similar to the scientific principles which have a lesser influence to the superstitions. It is because the former is based on the faith and the latter is on the seek.
The spirituality includes a non-cognizable realm of spiritual energy. In modern science, the concept of spiritual energy is missing. The science couldn’t validate its nature. It couldn’t support empirical studies. It doesn’t mean that such energy doesn’t exist where kundalini is the part of it. (Read also How to safely Awaken Kundalini Energy?)
Out of 112 ways to salvation with awakening kundalini, bhakti yoga is one among them. The devotee who contemplates on the Sasta (a deity with a specific form connected to Brahma, supreme consciousness) in his mind becomes the Sasta eventually. So the façade of the temple has this line ‘tat tvam asi’, ‘I AM YOU’.
But in reality, how many have realized such spiritual state is countable. One among them is the prince of Pantala dynasty ‘Manikanda’, later known as Ayyappa. He meditated there in the mani mandapam and attained enlightenment.
Now, the temple is revered in this name.
Before that, the researchers say that it was a Buddhist shrine. They connect Sasta with the varied names of the Buddha. They say that the mantras have the same similarities as swamiyee saranam ayyappa to buddham saranam gachamee.
Why Most People didn’t get the Results?
Most of the people couldn’t succeed in it because they fail to follow such tantric techniques. They couldn’t control anger, evil thoughts, hatred, envy, etc. It is from the Kama all such uncontrolled thoughts and emotions arise. They couldn’t attain the restrainment of mind. Thus, it is the main cause of failure to attain that higher spiritual state.
If you have followed the right path, it would have worked as if the machines worked when implemented properly.
As per this temple principle, any ordinary man can attain the higher spiritual realm regardless of his karmic background. Rest of the paths is the arduous yogic techniques.
The temple allows only the devotees those who have followed such practices. But those restrictions are becoming feeble. Now a person who has undergone 3 days of penance can also visit the temple. But he doesn’t get such benefit as noted in the tantric principles.
This temple restricts entry of the women in their menstruating age. The debate is still going on whether it’s a misconception or superstitious belief that women’s presence would destroy its holiness.
The erection of the shrine is based on the Agamic principles is in such a way that it counteracts with the spiritual energy of the women. It is publicized as Ayyappa being a naishtika brahmachari.
As per yoga, there is a change in the flow of energy in women during their periods. There were restrictions on women performing spiritual activities during menstruation in Angirasa Smrithi .
Men and women are in different polarity. In spirituality, what best works for women doesn’t work for men. Even though tantric techniques suits equally irrespective of gender, there are certain occasions that have distinctive paths.
Kundalini will not awaken properly in a woman while she is having her period. And, for children who have not attained puberty. It’s a yogic fact. The biological studies on kundalini give a brief note on the physiological conditions that require in awakening the Kundalini Shakti.
Men and women are different. They are like the two poles of the same magnet. The distinction is on the process of kundalini awakening (though not explicitly seen) – the revolutionary energy in humans. This energy is directly undetectable to the science. Scientific technology could experience only the effects.
This kundalini Shakti is the feminine form according to yoga. It resides in both men and women.
Most of the kundalini awakening techniques suites for both genders. Some techniques require a slighter alteration. It is not the on awakening but on the prior procedures.
The men have to undergo many arduous practices to realize this energy. The women’s natural hormones are their blessings.
It is the fact that women are more subject to the spontaneous kundalini awakening than men. They are more aligned with this energy than the men are.
Secrets of Tantric Temples
The temples are the energy channeling centers consecrated in such a way as to harmonious our spiritual energy in a constructive way. The change of flow of energy in women during their periods counteract with the energy of the shrine. Even if it doesn’t have much impact on them, but for those who are looking for spiritual progress, it is a real hindrance.
Sabarimala temple is consecrated in such a way that whoever follows the penance especially men according to the agamic principles for a duration of 41 to 56 days is capable of awakening the kundalini with the presence of the vibrational energy of the shrine.
Brahmacharya is not what it means by celibacy. Brahma-chariya means the path to the Brahma or activities to reach Brahma the ultimate. Abstaining from sex is conducive to reach that. On upon various steps, celibacy is only a part of it.
This path is a little different for men and women. For men, it’s complete restrainment of sexual energy and not to waste it in any means (excluding limited nocturnal discharge of s*men). They have to abstain from the sexual pleasures for a few weeks or months to awaken the kundalini energy.
After 49 days of continuous meditation, Buddha attained enlightenment.
For women, there is a difference. They only need to abstain from sexual pleasures. It doesn’t mean that women are spiritually different. The difference is only on the physical level.
The sexual desires are the strongest emotions. As the sexual desire and drive in men is more than that of the women, men have to follow certain arduous steps to achieve success.
Women are more aligned with the core energy. They do not require to undergo such penance to awaken kundalini. Their path is different.
Men require more effort than women to control their sexual energy. It’s because men have a higher level of testosterone.
Actually, the temples are not the place of divine entities. They are the distinctive energy channeling centers. However, there is nothing wrong in considering it as a divine entity as it is the specific form of energy.
As per the Agamic principles, Sabarimala temple is a place to awaken the kundalini energy in man. It counteracts with the women’s spiritual energy on their reproductive ages. Visiting such places is a real hindrance for their spiritual growth rather than being beneficial to them.
There are also temples which impose the restriction on men on certain occasions. There are also temples where women can enter in their periods at certain times. It’s such that the temples are consecrated in such a way that counteracts with the energy of men or women.
It’s part of tantra and yoga. These techniques are not mere faith. These are the abstract techniques of spirituality that existed in India. (Read also Sixth Sense Mind Power Techniques - Proven Ways to Use It)
If such temples and practices are not conserved these esoteric techniques would be erased from the world. It’s hard to reconstruct them because only a few in this world know how these principles actually work.