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We live in a universe full of the thoughts of everybody; we cannot heed the Spirit of Guidance. The shrine is explained here more because of the simplicity of construction than because of need for it. Until the spirit of religion is restored and fulfilled, only occasionally should these be constructed. The key to this is offered in the Sufic Healing Service which shows how a group of people can work as one, how there can be brotherhood in action. This will make it possible to apply spiritual principles to the architecture of the future. GATHEKA: The art of architecture began with people digging holes in the ground, piling up stones, and making use of mountain caves as houses to dwell in. They have even come to regard them as separate senses, so dividing the sense of sight. It seems as if the ways of life of neighboring peoples became quite diverse under the pull of conflicting influences. There is an electricity of space which the metals attract, and they also draw something from the vital electricity which appears in man and manifests in his body. Whatever their religion may appear to be to others, it is something very real to them and their gods and ghosts are, according to them, most certainly not figments of any imagination. Rented and leased houses are not properly khankahs except when their owners are Sufis, and when there is a certain agreement that will take into consideration the objectives of the Sufi Movement and Sufi Order. Every house has to have its atmosphere. He is moved first by necessity or nature. On the mental plane atoms and types of vibrations are united into ideas or thoughts which become objectified there as forms. In the latter case the occupants would still have their independence unless the khankah was actually part of the temple-building, which matter requires extreme caution. Of course there is nothing to hinder the establishment of different rooms for worship, teaching and meditation, or for brotherhood and social meetings if there is suitable accommodation. Yet it will be found that the Spirit of Guidance usually selects something from the past experience so that one can understand. They do not obtain the etheric element which is needed for development and expression. Houses are furnished with cupboards and “coolers.” With the spread of refrigeration a great step forward has been taken even in the spiritual sense. The earth has been placed before man and it has been strange that while the Orthodox have been very stringent about some matters—and often on points to which no reference is found in the teachings of the Master—they have been quite lax in the matter of food, both with regard to that which is forbidden and permitted and also in regard to praise and thanks to God, as praise to God and not because they received some special favor. Qur’an and Bible and Saddharma-Punkarika Sutra offer suggestions, which have inspired the devotees. GATHEKA: If we look at the Egyptian pyramids with open hearts and illuminated souls, they speak to us of the past. The artist will always be needed; there are things hands can do, especially under inspiration, which nothing else can do. The kitchen had its atmosphere and its duties; the bedroom a different atmosphere and different purposes. There was an ideal behind using one’s house as a temple, but the kitchen was a necessity, because in the kitchen the offering was prepared. It is a sorry world when people cannot build homes, when homes are outmoded and when the housing problem in general is in chaos. The next consideration comes when there may be an old house which can be modified to become a khankah. TASAWWUF: This is true of all Jemalic influences; it is always a sign of wisdom or beauty or both. It is based, perhaps, upon the inner beauty whose center is in the heart of man. Generally speaking the Hebrews have been regarded as Jelalis, and they have given to the western world much of its ethics, law and religion. Thus there are many instruments, natural or artificial, for the housing of sound—sound to be sent out and sound to be heard, or received. This may mean a new day, the rising of the tide, and the destruction of destructive forces. TASAWWUF: This oval formation might come in two directions. Jesus Christ also said, “In my Father’s House are many mansions; therefore I go to prepare a place for you.” And according to the Sufis in Malakut (mind-world) there is an accommodation (akasha) for all things and all beings; all find their places there, and without that place they could not exist. And when temple architecture was begun this same principle was developed further until the towers and hanging gardens of Babylon were constructed. Workman, apprentice, journeyman and master were made to feel the holiness of their duties. Much in architecture such as the pagoda structure, the Babylonian tower and certain types of pyramids are based upon this tradition concerning the nature of the Universe. The Japanese are not much better off because they idealize war, while the success of art depends upon peace. The spiritual link is because buildings are where we live, where we work – and you can see those as also spiritual expressions of ourselves. Man and animal take up the oxygen and give out carbon dioxide. They also saw in purusha or spirit, the background of the human spirit which was also to be moulded through character building. GATHEKA: No color, sound, or thought could be recognized, no feeling could be distinguished, if they did not have a home to live in. GATHEKA: It is his second step because the four walls and the roof, all that is in front of him and around him, form his personality, his character. Although the Chrysler Building introduced some variations with its use of curved line and bright aluminum paint, the effect of the city as a whole may be deadening to a sensitive person. They thus preserve the holiness. It was easier to stir them up than to stir up the more cultured peoples of Europe. There is a certain joy in the construction of Gothic buildings. Until recent times physiologists have ignored the laws of mechanics and paid little attention to the mechanical properties of the body and its parts. (Thus Lares and Penates). “What did you learn this last year?” The boy answered, “I know how to shoe a horse and to make armor and do all that is required of the smith.” “I am so sorry,” said the teacher, “but there is still more to learn.” The boy did not understand, but obeyed. When one has the knowledge he will know better how to make use of everything. God is the Only Teacher, we all learn from Him. By using materiality and greenery, as well as employing the influence of traditional Eastern medicinal spaces, these buildings demonstrate the ability of architecture to incite corporeal change. Everyone invited to such an undertaking should speak rather than surrender in spirit to that with which he does not agree. Thus there is a growing recognition of artistic as well as spiritual starvation. This was the original idea of church, of sangha, of brotherhood, at least in the spiritual sense. TASAWWUF: Public worship in ancient times was supplementary to private worship, and not a substitute for it. The materialists—and so many of the archaeologists and other scientists are materialists—refuse to accept such fantastic ideas and are justified in that. A temple of Universal Worship may be controlled by the officials of that worship, but it may house all the branches of the Sufi Order and esoteric schools. Where did this tendency come from? There should be concentration on the house as a whole first. All vegetation breathes and plants and trees also consume carbon dioxide gas as food. The ground may be dedicated by a ceremony or by a simple blessing, and there may be a blessing at the laying of a cornerstone. Besides, when the auras of people constantly mix, there is no opportunity to build the personal atmosphere, personality is not improved. They look back at the Egyptians with the eyes of today and try to judge everything with the eyes of today. Their early architecture was of a distinct Jelal type, in many ways resembling the Dorian. And the same is true of tile, glass and metal buildings, in them man would be giving out his magnetism. One may thus say that it is the culmination of all arts into one art, the Art of arts; the synthesis of all religions of the past into The Religion; the unity of all hearts in practical effort thus establishing the brotherhood of mankind—in action. No doubt when women play a larger role in life there will be more curves in architecture and art. environments. But the same method may be used with respect to any home. Even If the place be a house filled with Sufis if there is not this vacant room the place is not properly a khankah. So it was convenient to live nearby. Whether it be in the form of a church, temple, chapel, mosque or synagogue, buildings that are built specifically for religious activities have … In the Oriental countries there are many shrines and they are centers of Baraka. The water of the streams and of the sea is the blood of the earth and this blood, so to speak, appears in the rivers and underground streams; when it is stagnant it is of no value to life. So if a khankah is to be established near a quarry one may draw from the stones therein. A noted theosophist has written a book, The Brotherhood of Men and Angels; this suggests better cooperation between those in the manifest and unmanifest worlds. TASAWWUF: That is to say, the primitive people felt it was only right to eat fruit, nuts, grains and vegetables. A building can make us feel joy, or sadness, powerful or weak. There have been many discussions over the question, did the organ produce the faculty or the faculty produce the organ. There has been the mistake of the past that a certain church or convent is the house of God, and people even had to inconvenience themselves to go there to worship. Each is a unit or unity of itself in that it stands out from the mass of the body. TASAWWUF: This is what has been called Samsara, the web or maze of life of which the maze was the symbol in ancient times. The people centered the house and the home both around worship. He has to work on a larger scale than the artist and he has many more materials to use; only he is checked by natural law. Arabia had seen several civilizations come and go, culture rise and fall. Decorations were also employed. Individually and collectively mankind can benefit from this spirit. What is earthly gain compared with the thought that the work that one has done will live on and give joy for ages to come? In many religions even now the eating of food is a sort of communion, or at least a religious duty. Chapter 3 Metaphysical Basis of Architecture. Then the will of God is not made known and there is no planting of Baraka. Then came Shah Jehan, under whose rule the Moghul art reached its highest development. We can read in the Christian Bible, that when John saw the city of the New Jerusalem, there were words inscribed upon it, “The Lord is there.” That is to say, that the spirit of the Lord brought the revelation and also that when man feels the divine spirit in and around him he may truly experience that bliss which has been symbolized as life in the holy city, Jerusalem. This aspect of spiritual architecture, in the building of the temple, will therefore complete a stage of evolution in the progress of humankind, and then it may be that the sons of man will sing together with the morning stars. Architecture and design for worship, including religious buildings such as temples, mosques, churches and chapels, and wearable technology for prayer. However it was expressed it was with him from the earliest times and where we find people today who lack a religion we can generally determine from their language and institutions that they are in a stage of decadence. The laws for Sadhana are studied carefully by Sufi students. The soothing, harmonious colors would be called Jemal by the Sufis and Yin by the Chinese. People are influenced by weather, by environment, by conditions. That was the spirit of every man who worked there. That comes later. The cave was a natural habitat, and man by imitation would try to cut away recesses in the stone in imitation of caves. This will be the dawn of a new day. But there should be a meaning, there should be a feeling that each building is an entity in itself, of itself. Asbestos is now a building material and besides all kinds of wood there are numerous wood-products. Spartans and Dorians generally lived simple lives. Spiritual: The Latest Architecture and News. There was a movement of contraction and this brought together a light, because of the intensity of contraction and around that light there was an accommodation of less light, so there was a separation of an intense light and a sphere around it. This feeling is the important thing; the form does not matter so much. If he regards these creations as apart from himself there will be less life in them and they will be subject to destruction without any apparent reason. This has not been. Instead of the land being used to serve humanity, people are squeezed into small areas, almost without reason. Then the voice, the word, needs a home in order to become audible; and that home is the ear. There is also a considerable Sufic influence in it, although it is hard to distinguish the Sufic from the Persian influence, the influence of love and harmony and beauty. Common devotion and common concentration enabled them to move great blocks of stone. One might say then that the very materials have been “initiated.” Some knowledge of psychic law does not mean that there is any compulsion about it. Only it is advisable for a spiritual person who would build a house or buy a house or even rent a place to enter into the silence and keep his concentration before him. Like what you see? No doubt we may learn to live on less meat. There is a middle way between these which is the pathway of love, harmony and beauty. Sufism offers to the world the “I-I,” the group-unit formed by the synthesis or integration of individuals, that several can concentrate together and unite and harmonize what they see in the spirit. This led to a new renaissance of art and culture, although it was at Bagdad and Basra rather than in Iran proper that this new culture flourished best. What is planned for the inside should include altar and lights and proper places for the Cherags, the officiates in the Universal Worship. Great Buildings. Different animals have various devices for hearing. Emanuel Swedenborg seems to have sensed this, and wrote at length on the subject. It is best to get rid of the old atmosphere, even to leave the windows and doors open for awhile. Each floor has, so to speak, its materials, creatures and wonders. Chapter 11 Lessons from Contemporary Architecture. They feel a crushing atmosphere. One does not always emphasize the faults of human nature or the frailties of individuals. One should not be afraid of drafts. Several writers have specialized in uncovering their meanings. If the home-builder and architect can see from each other’s point of view and if the architect can take into consideration the work of the carpenter and plumber and plasterer and mason who will unite in the building, that will be a great step forward. We can read about that in the tales of the founding of the city of Athens. And concerning these Jesus Christ has said: “Be ye perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.”. But mechanic or laborer, he is given spiritual training and the breathing that he does in his esoteric exercises establishes his rhythm for the day, which he used at his occupation. The breath and thought of man sustains the things he creates. Even if they were primitive legends, coming from the earliest races that had not yet developed their symbology, they were symbolical just the same. And when man has this knowledge again and uses it, he may be able to build glorious temples that will stand the ravages of time. It is true, however, that even the backward nations have some small plastic, which are either toys or religious or magical implements. Yet it would be foolish to say that in heaven there is no basic plan, no ideal, nothing to start with. Buddhism did assist in spreading Chinese influence to Korea and the influence of both countries to Japan, but still the Chinese is Chinese and the Japanese is Japanese. Birds have their nests and foxes their dens. The need for cooperation seemed to disappear, the spirit of rivalry and competition predominated. When this spirit was lost, the world lost something which has not been recovered since but which it is hoped, through the spirit of the times, mankind will again recover. Like in sculpture also the materials should be magnetized. If they do they will not be fit receptacles for Baraka. During the construction of a shrine and even before that, during the period of planning, those involved should have no further concentration. The most neutral architecture is often the most aggressive. Often there is little privacy, and many have no homes of any kind. At that time communications were not as they are now, and the study of geography was hardly known to the world, yet the Egyptians were able to find the exact center and to construct something there which is unsurpassed in history. GATHEKA: He perseveres and tries to make it as complex as possible for himself, and he then enjoys that complexity, he sees it as an improvement, as something wonderful, and he becomes more and more interested in it. They are so attached to the form that belongs to them, that they have been able to retain the type, the character of their architecture for thousands of years. They do not know when they are pursuing the right path or the wrong path; they think they do right and it comes out wrong. The earliest Semites used to sacrifice in high places. “Spiritual architecture’ refers to any building system that facilitates this awareness. So it is hoped that when man finds a way out from his social and economic problems it will not be to establish a new set of vices and a new artificiality for the old abuses. They will be the same as anybody else. GATHEKA: In Japan the doors are still painted red, in order that before the host comes to meet a visitor with his warm heart, the red door may welcome him with its warmth. Sometimes also this entrance was triangular, whence Daleth, the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet which means “door” or “entrance.”. He worked one year more and then he rushed to the teacher and said, “Thank you, dear Murshid, for the marvelous instructions.” It seems that all the time he has been living close to the smith, breathing the same atmosphere, adopting the same rhythm, doing things in the same way. And when man has evolved further and is sensitive to such influences form the cosmos, from God, from the perfection of love and harmony and beauty, then architecture and art again will reach great heights. This gave them more life. Esotericism must be divulged slowly and gently lest it, like beauty, become a poison instead of a balm. They also repeat Nazar before eating although there is no reason why Nazar or thanks of grace may not be repeated many times. The family has been made into a reality and the members of it have not been given due consideration as human beings. It was originally planned that the main room in the temple be used, although not exclusively, for the Universal Worship which unites all the great religions of the past and accepts their Scriptures, even their particular modes of worship. Indeed all who accept the worship will be given the same opportunities to cooperate, even offered the same general concentrations. In each room there was a kind of concentration as to the duties connected therewith. All people are affected by it but only the thoughtful people produce the conditions which permeate the psychic atmosphere. GATHEKA: From the moment that the soul begins its journey and passes through the different spheres, turning into an individual, the entire phenomenon of this process consists in making a home. It is possible that a temple may even be patterned in part after Al-Azhar in Cairo, which is a huge mosque and also a university in which there is instruction in all the known and collected esoteric and exoteric knowledge. They always searched for the divine influence. This softened their attitude toward the Hindus and brought the followers of Arya Dharma and Islam closer together. The real heart is the solar plexus, and that is to be found in the center of the body which is the shrine of God, and that is why it was necessary for the sacred temple to be in the center of the earth. 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