Kashi is the oldest living city on the planet. It’s older than legend, in the words of Mark Twain. When you weren’t even thinking of Rome, Kashi was. When Athens hadn’t entered people’s heads, Kashi had. Before the Egyptian phenomenon happened, Kashi existed. It is said that even Yogi Sunira, who lived about 40,000 years ago, came to Kashi in search of something. If Sunira arrived 40,000 years ago, it must already have been a thriving city known as the center of knowledge.
But about 12-15 years ago when I was in one of the bigger hotels in Kashi, all over the hotel they were only planning the place as a destination for Sarnath, the first place where Gautam Buddha taught. . I asked the management, “Why is there no mention of Kashi in Varanasi?” Everything revolves around Sarnath.
They said, âAll of our customers are from Japan and other Buddhist countries. No one else is coming.
So essentially the elite would never go to Kashi due to his condition. Only rural people and Buddhist tourists wanting to go to Sarnath came to Kashi. We have to understand that Gautama himself chose to teach near Kashi first because if you were to teach something important, to have an audience that would understand what you were talking about, you had to go to Kashi at that time. -the. Kashi was a center of knowledge, a center of spiritual process, and above all, a center of transcendence.
Kashi was built as a yantra, an instrument to transform and transcend the human being into areas that individuals may not be able to reach on their own. It had 108 main temples, 54 each for Shiva and Shakti, giving equal importance to male and female. And, at one point, there were over 26,000 shrines. Each of them had their own method of how a human being can achieve transcendence. These 26,000 shrines have developed satellites, or small shrines of their own, up to 72,000 shrines. As there are 72,000 prana nadis in the body, there were 72,000 shrines across Kashi at one point – when he was in all his glory. So he’s a mega human being. The idea is to connect the microcosm and the macrocosm, or the individual and the universal.
It’s a shame we weren’t alive when it was in all its glory. But even now, in the twentieth century, after being ravaged for six-seven centuries without a break, if you’re a little sensitive, this is a fantastic place.
Why Kashi Vishwanath’s revival matters
Vishwanath means “lord of the world”. It affects every life on this planet, not just humans, as it is the culture of Sanatan. Sanatan means “eternal”. What is eternal cannot be exclusive; it has to be inclusive, and that’s what Kashi stands for. So, Kashi Vishwanath is not about a specific religion, it is for the whole world.
The time has come when the world must move away from dogmas, philosophies and ideologies that divide. Going to the temple is not about worship. Nowadays, everyone thinks of a temple as a place of prayer. No, this needs to be fixed. You go to a temple only to imbibe yourself in the divine form because it is a culture where we do not admire the divine. We want the divine to be imprinted on us, so that the divine imprint in our minds and hearts turns us into a divine possibility. It is vital for the world because all of this thinking that the divine is out there, he gets angry with you, he rejoices at the nice words you say, and he will give you gifts, is a very childish way of seeing. the life.
the sanatan sthanas, which we call temples, need to be revived, built with the necessary scientific process and taken up for the purpose for which they were built, rather than just converting them into religious places. This is very important for every citizen of Bharath and the world.
My heart is filled with joy that today there is a certain revival of Kashi, making him a little more presentable to the world. It is a great effort and my congratulations and blessings to all who have worked for it.
Ranked among India’s fifty most influential people, Sadhguru is a successful yogi, mystic, visionary and author. Sadhguru was awarded the ‘Padma Vibhushan’, India’s highest annual civilian honor, awarded by the Indian government in 2017, for outstanding and distinguished service. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent the position of this publication.
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