Inner transformation

“People do temple worship to experience inner transformation and ultimately become an enlightened soul following transformation of energies.”

Revisiting temple peripheral activities

I unknowingly started my inner transformation process in temples management. A place where I would have never imagined to resolve part of my karma. A place where I thought that only people who have already undergone this inner transformation process would reside. I saw different colours of life. Ganesha puts lots of obstacles and I overcome them knowingly and unknowingly. Sometimes I failed. But I realised that I have to leverage on the same crowd of people to change the way temples are used.

If temples operate purely for rituals and festivities they serve limited purpose. Temples could therefore become a place to learn Karma yoga. Temple is to operate beyond the normal activity of external worship. With a view to address the religious and spiritual requirements of devotees, a temple is bound to produce a set of peripheral activities in line with the agamas. These activities aim at the following:

  1. Teaching and developing good moral conduct.
  2. Living in a peaceful environment.
  3. Acquiring spiritual values.
  4. Spiritual enlightenment.

Today, some well-structured temples are optimizing resources to produce integrated spectrum of activities and developing the temple as a spiritual, religious and cultural learning centre. The set of activities are as follows:

  1. Yogic disciplines are taught and help the youth develop a common sense of disciplines and human values.
  2. The Archagar often provides and shares his studies on Vedas and Agamas.
  3. As untaught languages, such as Sanskrit, may represent a barrier to knowledge acquisition, temples offer courses in oriental languages.
  4. Music and dance are also taught.
  5. Specific seminars and workshops are organized to enrich religious values and correct misunderstanding.
  6. Creation of foundation or endowments to look after person who are less fortunate, handicapped, living in extreme poverty and orphanage and the elders who require special care, love and attention.

In this Kali Yuga era, temples are required to revisit their agenda. A extension of the existing philosophical responsibility to Karma yoga is a must to reduce social cost.

Nanda Narrainen

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