TENNESSEE: An unprecedented event in the history of yoga has been achieved in the Western world with the grand opening of Adiyogi: The Abode of Yoga. The powerful meditation space is a tribute to the Adi Yogi, the world’s first yogi who offered the ancient yogic sciences to the world.
The visually striking, $8 million, 30,000 square foot Abode is a two level structure housing several unique spaces for yoga and meditation. The main level features a 21-foot statue depicting the Adi Yogi alongside a consecrated copper linga. Lingas, ellipsoid-shaped energy forms, are connected to mysticism and can be seen in many ancient temples of throughout the world.
“Traditionally, only priests would have access to the linga,” Sadhguru says. “But this is a powerful energy form that everyone can be in physical contact with.” The linga will be submerged in water, and all will have the opportunity to touch the linga, imbibing and benefiting from the energy that it will radiate.
Sadhguru, a mystic of grand proportions, conducted the consecration through the ancient mystical science of pranapratishta, where life energies are used to create a powerful space for one’s spiritual fulfillment and wellbeing.
If you transform mud into food, we call this agriculture. If you make food into flesh and bone, we call this digestion. If you make flesh into mud, we call this cremation. If you can make this flesh or even a stone or an empty space into a divine possibility, that is called consecration. -Sadhguru.
For decades, Americans have traveled to India to imbibe energized spaces and authentic methods of self-transformation; now this opportunity has been transported to the West. An aerospace attorney from San Diego who attended the consecration shares, “I no longer feel the need to travel to India for my spiritual growth, now the possibility is here.”
As a contemporary Guru, Sadhguru has a unique ability to explain and make relevant the ancient yogic sciences that appeal to all backgrounds irrespective of race, religion, nationality, gender and creed.
To that end, and with resplendent festivities and fervor, nearly 2,000 people from across the globe came to witness the event. They came together for the consecration ceremony of the Abode, which is the latest to adorn the 1,400 acre ashram which was home already to Mahima-a 39,000 square feet meditation dome, the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
The culmination of such dedication was a 3-day consecration event from September 22nd to the 24th. Thousands of participants became part of the process as Sadhguru, led them through intense processes.
For months prior to this momentous event, volunteers from all over the U.S. drove and flew to the ashram, known there as the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences. Recognizing the power the US wields in the world today, Sadhguru has said that if Americans become meditative and start making the inner journey offered by yoga, it would have an outsized impact on the world.
The Abode also details the yogic system of BhutaShuddi, which means “purification of the five elements.” The basis for all creation, including the physical body, is comprised of earth, water, wind, fire, and space. The wellbeing of the body and mind can be established by purifying these five elements within the human system. This process also shapes the body into a stepping-stone towards one’s spiritual transformation.
Sadhguru’s life’s work is to offer the ancient science of yoga in its most powerful and authentic form. “Yoga does not mean standing on your head or holding your breath. Yoga is the science and technology to know the essential nature of how this life is created and how it can be taken to its ultimate possibility.”
Sadhguru adds, “I want this one message to reach every human being. No matter what they are going through in their lives – their struggles, frustrations, madness, longing – that if they are willing to strive, they can transcend all of this.”
The Adi Yogi Abode will be a space for inner wellbeing and will offer visitors the unique opportunity to imbibe the energy of this powerful space 365 days a year from 8:00am to 8:00pm. On weekends, full moon and new moon days, there will be Aarti (an offering of camphor and light) in the evening.
There will also be various processes and rituals offered at the Abode. These unique rituals assist in every step that one takes in one’s life, from birth and death, to everything in-between, such as baby naming ceremonies, weddings and more. These rituals are designed to ensure that every life situation becomes a possibility to be touched by the Divine. Visitors can also make offerings of garlands, oil for lamps, camphor and ghee.
The Isha Institute of Inner-sciences is a yoga and meditation center located on the breathtaking Upper Cumberland offering stress-relief, wellness retreats and outdoor recreation just 45 minutes northwest of Chattanooga, 2hrs southeast of Nashville in Tennessee and 3hrs north of Atlanta.
This world-class yoga center features programs in classical hatha yoga, holistic Ayurvedic rejuvenation, and meditation classes from beginner to advanced levels.
For the past 30 years, the Isha Foundation has been a leader in providing classical yoga and meditation based programs for individual inner wellbeing. As a premier international yoga organization, Isha Foundation has touched the lives of 7 million people from all walks of life worldwide with over 3 million volunteers and in over 200 city centers.
India Post News Service