Sadhguru: The word “Spanda” literally means like “primal or primordial. The nature of the hall is such that we essentially made it for Bhava Spandana and Samyama programs – more for Bhava Spandana than Samyama. It is like a melting pot. Bhava Spandana programs happen extremely easily in the Spanda Hall because of the nature of that consecration. It melts down things very easily.
The Spanda Hall and Linga Bhairavi are exactly in the same direction. At the time when we built the Spanda Hall, I had not spoken about Linga Bhairavi. I had to do a lot of convincing to tell people, “This is the angle I want the Spanda Hall in.” They said, “No, this will look better, that will look better.” I said, “No, this is the way we want it because this is a whole system.”
When we consecrated Dhyanalinga, the southwestern corner of the premises becoming Linga Bhairavi was always on my mind. I think I spoke about it a couple of times but at that time, we neither had the means nor the time on our hands to do it. But it was essentially planned this way.
Dhyanalinga is like a womb. It is the yoni of the Devi. The word yoni describes a womb. In Sanskrit and most indigenous languages, there is no equivalent word for vagina. It is only when somebody’s intelligence gets hijacked by his hormones and he starts thinking sexually, that he thinks of a vagina as a separate part. Otherwise, yoni means it is a womb. It was seen as a sacred space that all of us have to inhabit in the most crucial part of our making when we have nothing in our hands. At that time, when everything is in the hands of nature, that space protects us and makes us. This was held as the most sacred space.
Always, in the Shiva and Shakti principle, wherever the linga and yoni are presented, it is the inside of the womb that you are seeing. That is why the female part, the avudaiyar, is at the base and the linga is inside. When you enter the Dhyanalinga space, you are inside the womb and the linga is inside the womb – that is how it is shown.
Linga Bhairavi was always a part of this triangle. It is just that we had not created an official space yet. Earlier, in some way – not in terms of Dhyanalinga, he is complete by himself – but as a space, this was slightly incomplete. With the completion of Linga Bhairavi, this is a complete system now. The triangle of Linga Bhairavi is the pubic triangle of the Devi, the Dhyanalinga dome is the inside of the womb and the Dhyanalinga is inside it. The first, life-generating reverberation that happens out of this is called Spanda, and that is why the Spanda Hall is situated the way it is.
Situated at the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences at Tennessee, USA, Mahima is a 39,000 sq.ft. hall, the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, created by Sadhguru as a doorway to the mystical dimensions of life.
Sadhguru: Mahima means Grace. Grace is not something that happens off and on. Grace is something that is all the time. It is like gravity. Gravity is on all the time but you realize its impact only if you fall off the first floor. Similarly, if you fall upward, then you realize the power of Grace. But Grace is on all the time – it is not something that happens here and there.
Why is a particular space being named Grace? Is it going to happen only there? For example, you are sitting right now. If you want to fall, it is not much of a fall but if you climb a mountain and fall, that is a real fall. It takes a certain height to realize the power of gravity and the impact of the fall. If you don’t create height, most people wouldn’t know the impact of gravity. Grace is the same way.
It takes a certain amount of receptivity to know the power and impact of Grace. You have to create a certain dimension which cracks you open a little bit, to realize the power of Grace.
Otherwise, you may live here for a hundred years and still not know that a force like that is constantly functioning upon you.
Mahima is very subtle and mild. It is made with a certain intention – purely for health and meditative purpose. Psychological balance was the main intention behind Mahima because I find that that is the biggest problem in the West. People don’t have psychological balance. Generally a person in the West has far more exposure in terms of life situations than a person from the East, and he receives a better form of education – at least in the worldly sense if not in the real sense. In spite of that, people in the West suffer mainly because there is no balance.
I see that lack of psychological balance is one of the biggest impediments that the West faces towards their spiritual development.
When we consecrated Mahima, that was one of the prime things that it was mainly focused towards.