The silence of Energy at Jagannath

The Silence of Energy at Jagannath

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By NICK JOHNSON

Ratna Singhasana (literally meaning bejewelled throne) is the lotus shaped rostrum at the innermost chamber of Puri Jagannath temple. This is also called Ratna Vedi (bejewelled platform) and is the seat of the Lord – the three deities Jagannath, Balabhadra & Subhadra who are accompanied by Shree Sudarshana, Shree Devi, Bhu Devi and Lord Madhava, making it “the Sapta vigrahas” or the seven deities. The chamber of the Lord is not a mere seat of resting but is believed to be the dynamic energy field of the universe from where the Supreme bestows blessings through diverse shapes, geometric patterns, ‘blueprints’ and ‘reactors’ – the divine energy sources. And this chamber of energy is also the ‘zone of silence’, the place of no-thought or shunya.

antar vedi maha punya vishnoh hridaya sannibha

(Skanda Purana, Utkala khanda)

The Skanda Purana in the fourth chapter mentions that the angels, the celestial bodies, the devatas (the Lords) love to be at Ratna Singhasana to pay obeisance to Lord Jagannath & His company. Such is the magnetism of the Lord on the Ratna Singhasana.

The benediction from Ratna Singhasana reaches every soul, matter and place in the cosmos in utter and blissful silence. I have myself experienced an eternal silence inside the sanctum sanctorum. He is Silence.

aste yatra svayamdevomuktida purushottamam dhanyastevibudhipraksya yevasanti kulenarah,

bharate cot kaledese bhusvarge purushottamedaru rupi jagannatha bhaktanam abhaya pradah,

In the place the Lord Himself, the Supreme identity and the most worship able figure, awards liberation to the very fortunate souls who live there under His protection, and protects His devotees from all fears.”

The Lord is the epicentre and he rests at the navel of the Conch, the Sankha Khetra or the conch shaped location. The central area of Purushottama khetra is called Nilachala or Sankha khetra, described as a daksinavarta sankha (a special Lakshmi conch shell with the hollow part on the right side) having an area of 16 square km (the original area including the periphery) of which some part is submerged under the sea. The Lord being at the navel is meaningful.

This invisible energy, called Prana, is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive. The navel or the Manipura chakra functions as an Auric energy generator. Shakti in this chakra is Lakshmi and She is the goddess of spiritual prosperity and of wealth. This chakra through the power of Lord Karthikeya represents the power of youth. The Lord being at the navel of Sankha khetra which is the Ratna Singhasana bestows on humanity, the source of personal power and governs self-esteem, the base life energy, and the power of transformation for the Universe. The element of this Chakra is fire and the colour are yellow, bright like the sun. And hence the Beshas (the attire of the Lord) has colours which are in sync with the energy colours or nuances. The multi coloured appliques which are tied with the Kanka mundi over the deities on the Ratna Singhasana bear colours which are earth colours, and which radiate energies, unimaginable.

 

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