Esther (Book 2 of Waldmeer – 2nd Generation)
Chapter 13: Ajna temple
Perched on the cliff, Ajna Temple was the masterpiece of Prana Community. The dome-shaped temple was built by Bob Owens and community members thirty years ago. Bob always said that the special energy of the temple came from a carefully-orchestrated consecration by his guru. The consecration was focused on the large, round, black-granite linga which was front and centre of the temple. Linga is the Sanskrit word for a sacred symbol of Divinity. It is believed that lingas develop their own specific power to heal and transform.
As we already know, Bob’s relationship with his guru was not always smooth sailing. However, once you have met your guru, you are done for. Once you have fallen in love with a guru, there’s no going back. Oh, you can, for sure, leave. You can even say that you hate them. Worse, you can say you were mistaken and that they aren’t your guru at all. But you can never really leave. The magnetic love of a true guru will always be with you because gurus never stop loving their chosen ones. If you come to them and they say yes, the guru knows that whatever stupid thing you may (and probably will) do, they will not stop loving you. Never. Ever. They cannot escape from you and so it is only fair that you cannot escape from them either.
Silence was maintained inside Ajna Temple. The custom was to wash your feet at the entrance, walk slowly through the thin passage of specifically-constructed cement flooring with many acupuncture pressure point triggers, and then sit quietly in front of the linga. Lingas are meant for meditation. You don’t pray to a linga. You merge with a linga. You let the linga enter you. Every fifteen minutes, a chime sounded and you could choose to leave or remain for another session. You couldn’t leave mid-session. Whatever uncomfortable thing you were dealing with, you had to keep dealing with it, at least, until the fifteen minutes were up.
The temple design was modelled on the energy system running through all human bodies. The prana or life-force of the individual runs along the spine from the base to the crown of the head. The chakras are centralised locations of swirling, subtle energy channels which play a vital role in the health and functioning of the person. One of these energy centres is not superior to another. They all must function in an optimal way for the well-being of the whole individual.
- Muladhara is at the base of the spine and is the earth element. It governs the primal urges of food, sleep, sex, and self-preservation. It gives us a sense of groundedness and stability.
- Svadhisthana is at the pelvis and is the water element. It is associated with creativity, emotions, sexual energy, and the unconscious.
- Manipura is at the naval and is the fire element. It is the centre of personal power and helps us to live with courage and determination.
- Anahata is at the heart and is the air element. It is the centre of emotion and unconditional love.
- Vishuddha is at the base of the throat and is the ether or space element. Its function is to help us find authentic self-expresssion.
- Ajna is between the eyebrows and is not associated with an element as it is beyond the physical domain. It is the centre of intuition, self-assurance, and inner-knowing.
- Sahasrara is above the crown of the head and is also not aligned with a physical element. It is pure consciousness and Divine energy.
Ajna Temple was obviously named after the Ajna chakra. Like the chakra, the temple was a place for deep inner-development and spiritual connection. Although the temple was dedicated to one of the higher, more ethereal chakras, there was one particular group which frequented the temple who were wholeheartedly dedicated to the lower chakras. They were the Manipura Dancers. They were wild. It was the only time that noise was allowed in the temple. They were a damn noisy lot. Noisy and wild. Everyone loved them.