A temple, a:layam is composed of Aa (means ‘completely’) and layam (means ‘bring/draw together’). A:layam is where God’s all-pervasive presence is drawn fully into one concentrated space and is accessible as the prime deity in the temple.
Is it possible to draw powerful energy into one designated space?
Take a look at the magnifying glass. The convex lens in the glass focusses the beam of heat rays from the Sun at one single point causing a flammable object to ignite / set fire. This process is also used in igniting fire of an agni hotram (in the sacred fire ritual). The principle here is that a powerful source of energy is focused on a chosen point to convert it into a format suitable to serve a purpose.
Just like the sunrays that spread across the globe, God exists as the single most supreme divine all-pervasive (everywhere) form supporting the entire existence from within and around.
Yaccha kinchith jagath sarvam, drishyathe: sru:yathe: pi va:,
Just like the sun rays served the purpose of igniting the firewood, the all-pervasive supreme power God, out of compassion, serves the purpose of making Himself accessible to you. It is up to the seeker to trust in the supreme power vested in a temple as the prime deity (archa: mu:rthi or archa: vigraham). A devotee, therefore, feels protected and at peace in a temple.
In fact, God exists within every single being (you, I, and everything). But, we identify everything and everyone by their name and their qualities. This blocks one from recognizing the underlying supreme power, God dwelling (as antarya:mi) within every being.
Only true acharyas or God can support a society/individual by imparting such wisdom. Such wisdom can immunize one’s core making one capable of handling any difficult situation. Any other support system does not delve to the core.
(Therefore, in difficult situations like today with covid-19, one must not be denied of worshipping God in a temple, while observing the prescribed norms such as the distancing and face-masks.)
Significance of special prayers to Sun
One worships the supreme power, God as Surya Narayana vested majestically in the Sun. The prayers are aimed at offering gratitude to the indwelling power, God supporting the Sun perform his duty of giving us energy through light and heat. His immense power has the ability to keep one hale and healthy, a:ro:gyam bha:skara:d ichche:th…
Dhye:yas sada: savitru mandala madhyavarthi:
Na:ra:yana: sarasija: sanasannivishtaha
Ke:yu:rava:n makara kundalava:n kiri:ti ha:ri
Hiranmaya vapur dhrutha sankha chakraha
One can worship Sri Surya Narayana in two temples today, Sri Surya Narayana temple in Golla Mamidada, Godavari district, and Sri Surya Narayana temple in Arasavalli, Srikakulam district. Let’s trust in the temple system, take part in maintaining the sanctity, learn the historic significance of each temple, and stay blessed.
- FROM THE DISCOURSE OF HH SRI CHINNA JEEYAR SWAMIJI Sri Suryanarayana Temple Arasavelli, Srikakulam District 01st October 2020
HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, India’s enlightened spiritual and humanitarian leader, has incessantly strived hard to promote world peace and harmony through propagation of vedic wisdom, spiritual practices, religious tolerance, nonviolence, joy of sharing, and mutual respect for all living beings.
In 1982, Sri Chinna Jeeyar founded JET, Jeeyar Educational Trust, in India as a non profit organization to conduct all his services to humanity. In 1994, Sri Chinna Jeeyar founded JET USA Inc. a.k.a JET World, Jeeyar Educational Trust as a global non profit organization committed to improving human lives through education, service, and ancient wisdom.
Sri Chinna Jeeyar’s vision is to empower all children and adults of the impoverished communities across the world to have equal access and opportunities to quality education, healthcare, and self confidence to live a life filled with dignity and pride.
In India, where the notion of Human Organ donation is considered a social stigma, Sri Chinna Jeeyar actively promotes multiOrgan donation campaign and has enlisted more than 50,000 pledges. JET frequently conducts free medical camps, dental camps, animal welfare camps, blood donation camps all over the world.
Sri Chinna Jeeyar is also a pioneer in the animal welfare arena and frequently conducts free veterinary camps along with animal preservation camps.
In the current world, the geo political harmony is in a state of flux, where people live amidst multitude of challenges including fear of war, political strife, poverty, global warming, endangered environment, depleting natural resources, and religious fundamentalism.
Sri Chinna Jeeyar incessantly works to promote world peace and harmony through propagation of yoga, meditation, spiritual and ancient wisdom, all of which conditions human body, mind, and soul to develop tolerance, joy of sharing, nonviolence, attitude of gratitude towards environment, and mutual respect for all living beings.
Sri Chinna Jeeyar during his 4 decades as Jeeyar, head of the organization, has inspired millions of youth all over the world to learn this wisdom and meaningfully use the knowledge to benefit communities and the environment.
His Holiness has ultimately emerged as an Universal Guru.
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