Why were temples built? – Sadhguru

The very nature of human perception is such that, right now, whatever a human being is involved with, that will be the only truth for him in his experience. Right now, most people are involved with the five sense organs and that seems to be the only truth, nothing else. Sense organs can only perceive that which is physical and because your perception is limited to the five sense organs, everything that you know as life is only the physicality – your body, your mind, your emotion and your life energies 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 look up, there seems to be a vast emptiness above, but even there you only recognize the physical. You look at the stars or the sun or the moon – this is all physical. You don’t perceive that what is not physical, isn’t it?

What you call a temple is like putting a hole in the fabric, creating a space where the physical becomes thin and something beyond becomes visible to you. This science of making the physical less manifest is the science of consecration, so that dimension beyond the physical becomes apparent or visible to you if you are willing. To take the 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.

Today temples may be built just like shopping complexes with concrete and steel, probably for the same purpose, because everything has become commerce. When I talk about temples, I am talking about the way ancient temples were created. In this country, in ancient times, temples were built only for Shiva, nobody else. It was only later that the other temples came up because people started focusing on immediate wellbeing. Using this science, they started creating various other forms, which they could use to benefit themselves in so many different ways in terms of health, wealth, and wellbeing. They created different types of energies and different kinds of deities. If you want money, you create one kind of form or if you are full of fear, you create another kind of form, which will assist with that. These temples came up in the last 1100 or 1200 years, but before that, there were no other temples in the country except Shiva temples.

The word ‘Shiva’ literally means ‘that which is not.’ So the temple was built for ‘that which is not.’ ‘That which is’ is physical manifestation; ‘that which is not’ is that which is beyond the physical. So a temple is a hole through which you enter into a space which is not.


As a part of this glorious tradition to raise human consciousness, the Aadhi Yogi Aalayam is being constructed as an integral element which will allow many more people to experience and benefit from the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple.

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2 thoughts on “Why were temples built? – Sadhguru

  1. Before 5000 years there were no temples. The greatest epics of Hinduism “Ramayana” and “Mahabharatha” didn’t mention any single existence of temple. It is believed that the MAN at that TIME didn’t need a temple to become closer to God. They lived with God – meaning that they were so much disciplined and spiritual oriented that they didn’t need a temple to focus their concentration.
    Indru, I really liked this thought of yours about the temple da 🙂
    Now a days, temple has become a place for those who need something and they go to temple either to demand their wishes or to beg God to vanish their sorrows/difficulties.

    In my view, as you said, Temple should be a place where Man should be able to start his inner search and it should be so vibrant to keep the focus.

    Kudos, Indru 🙂

    1. Thanx for u r reply, Jayarama. But one thing i would like to say I doubted that people were like what u have said ” It is believed that the MAN at that TIME didn’t need a temple to become closer to God. They lived with God – meaning that they were so much disciplined and spiritual oriented that they didn’t need a temple to focus their concentration.”
      Are you sure of this what u have said..
      Because, man is always a learning creature until he stops his Birth.

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