Why Were Hindu Temples Built?
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In the contemporary world, every human being’s beliefs and perceptions are such that, right now, whatever a person is experiencing or involved with, that is the actual truth.
Currently, most of the people are driven by the five sense organs and what they experience and feel through these senses are considered as the ultimate truth. The five sense organs are limited to only the physical, as a result what we are aware of as life is only the physicality like our body, our mind, our emotions and our life energies. They are all physical.
If you see the physical existence as a fabric, then we can say you are living on the fabric of the physical. You are walking on this cloth and what you are walking on is all that is real.
When you gaze at the sky, all there seems to be is vast emptiness. But, even that is recognized as physical due to modern science. As we look at the stars, sun, moon and planets, all of it is physical and as a result, we don’t perceive that what is not physical.
A Hindu temple acts as a link and connects you with something that is beyond the physical world. It creates a space where the physical becomes thin and something beyond becomes visible to you. The idea of making the physical less apparent is the science of consecration, and through this science, dimensions that exist beyond the physical become more visible to you based on your willingness.
Taking this analogy further, it is like the temple is a hole in the fabric of the physical, where you could fall through easily and go beyond.
In the present days, numerous temples are built which have similar sizes of shopping complexes. Even though they aim to serve the purpose of being an abode of spiritual upliftment, the underlying motive is commerce. So when we refer to temples, we refer to temples built in the ancient and Vedic period. In that era, temples were built and dedicated to Shiva and no one else.
As time progressed, the selfish desires of humans grew in parallel. Other temple were being constructed for immediate well-being. Using the science of consecration, temples were built in order to get more personal gains like health, wealth and fame.
Capitalizing this science, they developed different forms of energies and various kinds of deities which served the diverse needs and requirements. These sorts of temples came into existence in the last 1100 and 1200 years. But before that, there were no temple in the country except Shiva temples.
The word ‘Shiva’ literally is defined as ‘that which is not.’ So the Hindu temples in the ancient days were built for ‘that which is not.’ So a Hindu temple is a hole through which you enter into a space “which is not.”
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