There are many beautiful man-made structures around the world. How does architecture become a substitute for the sacredness of nature?
When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important. — Jiddu Krishnamurti
Sacred Structures and Architecture
Man makes impressive temples, mosques, churches, and other buildings. They often build these structures at specific geographical locations. Many of the locations are just as important as the structure.
People make pilgrimages just to visit these sites. They are often the focal points of their belief systems. Wars and conflicts exist today because of the belief that the location is sacred.
Many people believe the only sacred places on the Earth are those built by the hand of man. Nearly 4 billion people believe that some sites in the middle east are more sacred than any other. They believe this because of religious tradition. They create wars to maintain possession of these sites. That is how important these sites are to some.
In reality, the entire planet is a sacred living entity that provides us with life.
So why do we need these sacred structures? Why do we think we need building for focal point? Many think this preoccupation with religious significance has disconnected us from the sacredness of nature. And so we become disconnected from our own nature.
A Substitute for Sacred Spaces
We become blind to the fact that we are part of nature, part of the Earth. Many enlightened spiritual teachers direct us to find our connection with nature. The ancient texts are replete with stories of sages who ventured into the wilderness to meditate. That’s where Jesus and Buddha went to find enlightenment. They did not find it in a building. They found it in nature.
This is one reason we always try to hold our preparatory meetings in or near a wilderness park. It makes it easier to connect with the sacredness of ourselves when we are in the sacredness’s presence of nature. The ability to “ground” and “forest bathe” facilitates the ability to learn all modes of seated and moving meditation.
A connection through nature, not man-made structures makes more sense. Man-made structures are a substitute for sacred spaces of nature. We are part of nature. Thus, we are also a part of its sacredness. When we are connected with nature, we are grounded and at peace. This helps us to act from our hearts rather than our Ego.
Everyone has within their Being, amazing sacred spiritual gifts. These gifts sleep within waiting for us to access and awaken them. Whether these gifts are part of our DNA or spiritual or other states does not matter. When you are awake, then you can see the sacredness of all creation. Some traditions call this Eureka experience Oneness.
The next time you visit a man-made sacred space, ask yourself, what do I feel? Why is this place important to me? Is it a symbol of my religion? Is it a substitute?
There are other ways to connect with our essence. We can reach the sacred spaces of our inner world using several spiritual technologies. These open the sacred structures of the mind.
Sacred places are made first in the heart. Some monuments and places cry out to our hearts… to recognize their sanctity and holiness. But, sacredness does not exist without an observer to bestow reverence. This is why these places cry out. You can feel it…
Then, in the moment we are connected to the presence of divinity through these places… sacredness is created within our hearts. Our minds are then able to fathom the holiness of All Creation. We finally see… realize… and believe that we are sacred too. Then these places weep for joy. You can feel this too… ― Guru Tua
Ask yourself, what are my sacred spaces? Do I find a connection in nature? Or, do I use sacred structures? Perhaps now is the time to investigate and see if the substitute for sacredness is holding you back?
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