Shiva Lingam – Manifestation of Consciousness

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We have seen earlier that the subtle energy is takes the form of a square and the gross energy takes the form of a circle with an in‐between state it takes the shape of a octagon. According to Pranava Veda, these three intermediary archetypical forms have separate qualities. Thus they are called the three Gunas. Guna means quality. They are Satvva (8×8 Square; Rajas (octagon); and, Tamas (circle). Sattva, according to Mayan is a steady restful, and peaceful state. Rajas is a dynamic state of form. Tamas contains massive or gross material qualities.

Siva Lingam - Science and Religion

According to Pranava Veda each and every material substance, regardless of its outer shape, is ingrained with a three-segmented subtle design. These segments each have an individual design and are linked together to create a whole structure. These shapes are ingrained within all cosmic and worldly structures and all cosmic and worldly structures are ingrained in these cosmic structures. These three “gunas” or qualities signify qualities of the structures. This three-segmented subtle design is the subtle form of Pranava (AUM Light and AUM Sound). Mayan calls this three-fold cosmic subtle design “mun nilai.”

Siva Lingam

These forms are encoded within the structure of the Shiva Lingam. And, the real meaning of the Shiva Lingam is ascertained from what we have just mentioned. It is a visual form of the intermediary part of the manifestation process that is literally contained within each of us.

  1. Sattvic represents the perfect state of balance. When it is subtle it is luminescent and in a perfect state of resonant non‐vibration. The energy levels were perfect so that the resultant vibration is nil and it is in absolute balance.
  2. Tamasic state represents a state where the height of evolution is reached and hence it is farthest away from the core. The core is very subtle and the tamasic state is very gross and hence it is away from the core. Tamasic state then should be considered as the darkest state possible. Why? Because the core is luminescent and if the gross state is farthest from the core hence it should be dark. This is the meaning behind the most famous statement ‘Tamasoma Jyothir gamaya”… take me from darkness to light. It is not about just your mind but about the entire being aspiring to become a light and merge with primordial light. There is no evolution possible beyond the Tamasic state and it has to devolve to reach its core / subtle state.
  3. Rajasic is a state where the pulsation has resulted in a rotational force and hence things are set into action. This represents the evolution process and hence associated with action.Then the natural next question is, if Shiva Lingam is associated with the entire spectrum of consciousness then we should see it associated the five elements and the light. Isn’t it?

There is a story in Indian Purana that Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva discussed who is the most powerful among them. Lord Shiva challenged Brahma and Vishnu to reach his head and feet respectively. Brahma tried to find Shiva’s head and Vishnu tried to reach Shiva’s feet, both of them failed. Most of us would have heard the story but would not have understood the philosophical and scientific significance.

Shiva Lingam

  • Shiva in the form of Lingam stood there as a PILLAR OF LIGHT. This pillar of light is the Brahma Sutra / light of consciousness which spanned from the center of the galaxy (Hiranyagarba) to every being & non‐being in the Universe.
  • Brahma could not find the head because; Brahma is always associated with intelligence in Indian texts. He gave the supreme wisdom ‐ the Vedas and stands for Intelligence. He could not reach Shiva’s head signifies that Intelligence will not take you to God. Intelligence as an energy is too gross and cannot reach the most subtle state of light.
  • Vishnu represents earthly life – Rajasic in character – this is the tetrahedron & octagon state. He could not reach Lord Shiva’s feet signifying you cannot reach the core through actions.

Shiva in the form of Lingam is represented as one of the five elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space) in the temples.

So to summarize…

  • Shiva Lingam represents the Pillar of Light and the entire spectrum of consciousness. From the most subtle to the most gross.
  • It represents an semi-form Guna state (between un‐manifest and manifest) and hence it is formless with a form.
  • While Lord Nataraja represented the rhythmic pulsation of this Brahma sutra, the cosmic dance / the dance of the evolution, Shiva Lingam represents the primordial light itself in all its
  • state of consciousness.
  • By this analogy, our body itself is a lingam with the visible body as the gross part at one end and the most subtle body which is invisible and is part of the primordial light at the other.


1. Fabric of The Universe: The Origins, Implications, and Applications of Vastu Science by Jessie J. Mercay
2. Time = Space by Raguram Gopalan,

Time, the creative element!

The vibration of the OM light is called Time or Kaalam. The vibration of the primal OM light is the dance of Lord Shiva and that of sound is Uma. Hence ‘Omkara’ Natana. Uma is ‘word’ (vaak) and Shiva is ‘meaning’ (artha). So, Mayan says that Kaalam is the creative element of all the objects of the universe and adds that the universe itself is the product of Time. “Time is the creative source of all objects. It is time that changes into form. It is time that blossoms into the universe and Kaalam thus does wonders” – Mayan. Therefore, Kaalam itself is designated as Kaala Brahman. Kaalam, in simple words is the speed or vibration of energy or light. The summum-bonum of these discussions is that vibration causes all phenomena.

This concept is extended to poetry, music and dance where Kaalam is redesignated as Taalam, maatra or kaalam, the ruling element of all forms of poetry, music and also dance. What would be unique and astonishing is that the same Taala measure is extended to create visual material forms (time-spaces) of which one is the building whether it is a temple or house. Sculptural representations are also born of this scientific theory of rhythm (Taala) and therefore they are divine and worship worthy.”

~ Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati, Temple Architecture: The Living Tradition

Vaastu Temple – Part 2

By Dr. Jessie Mercay
posted by Ganesh

The affect of these buildings built using principles from ancient texts called Vaastu Shastras and Agamas is so great that the eighteen enlightened Siddhas (18 Siddhars) of India are known to have become enlightened at various buildings such as these in South India. For example, the great seer Pantanjali, who wrote The Yoga Sutras, became enlightened at Rameswara Temple, and was also influenced by Chidambaram – both Vaastu temples in Tamil Nadu, India. Thirumular, the enlightened sage and author of Thirumaintiram, became enlightened at Chidambaram. The modern saint Maharishi Ramana spent days and nights for months at Thiruvanamallai temple prior to his enlightenment. And, in India, when a person is so ill that the doctors cannot treat them, they are sent to one of these buildings to stay until they get well – and they do for the most part. Vaastu Temple Cottage in New Mexico built by the author and AUM S&T students in 2008.

How is it that a building can create an identifiable change in the physiology and experience of an individual? We know that there are buildings that make us feel good and buildings that we can’t wait to get out of but how is it that these particular building have a repeatable and testable affect on people? There is an answer to these questions and that is what the Vastu and Vaastu Science is all about.

Vaastu Garage

This is a Vaastu house and garage built with precision by Dr. Jessie Mercay in New Mexico. It is a modified New Mexico Territorial style. Vaastu Architect Betsy Pierce (AUM S&T student at the time) drafted the plans under the supervision of the author. Most styles of architecture can be adapted to Vaastu. Vaastu homes range from very simple forms (above) to complex mansions.

Aztec Canyon Temple

Aztec Canyon Temple Cottage mentioned in this introduction. Wall material is made of an eco board called Comfort Board. It is a fireproof and breathable material made of magnesium oxide (Mgo) and hemp fibers. The inside walls and ceiling are also Comfort board with a pyramidal interior ceiling. This form in ones backyard will serve to bring pure Vaastu energy to ones home setting. The feeling is almost indescribably peaceful and fulfilling. Most traditional building materials may be used to enclose space for Vaastu Architecture. This is the fundamental form and size of the magnificent Temples of India. Every home would benefit from one of these – even smaller than this would be an amazing addition to any family home site.

Vaastu Temple - Traditional

This is a more traditional looking home Temple Cottage built (summer and fall 2011) by AUM S&T students, which was supervised by Dr. Jessie Mercay and built with former AUM S&T student, Certified Vaastu Builder, Ken Hoffman in Patagonia, AZ. (Sponsored by Jackie and Ed Fleeder). The vibrancy of all of these buildings is significant and rivals any other existing Vaastu buildings. These are also available for homeowners who have space on their plot.


Fabric of The Universe: The Origins, Implications, and Applications of Vastu Science By Jessie J. Mercay. Text and diagrams, with permission, from Dr. Jessie Mercay, Fabric of the Universe, For any questions please visit

Vaastu Temple – Part 1

By Dr. Jessie Mercay
posted by Ganesh

In a small and obscure red rock canyon in southern AZ called Aztec Canyon you can find a little metal roofed square building, which measures about 10’. x/32” by 10’. x/32 “ by 10’. x/32” in size, sitting amongst a forest of old black oak trees that are native to that land. (The mathematics are precise but not offered here because they are part of the ancient Vaastu Rahasya – secret of Vaastu – and can only be given by a Sthapati or his or her direct representative). The Temple Cottage, as it is called, was built-in the summer of 2010 by students from around the world who were studying an ancient building science called Mayonic Science and Technology, Sthapatya Veda or more popularly, Vaastu. Its’ construction was part of a 1-½ year program to become a certified Vaastu Consultants through the American University of Mayonic Science and Technology

Vaastu Temple

People who visit this building notice that it is simple, elegant and precisely built to 1/16th of an inch or better. More than that, they notice that there is an inexplicable feel to it that immediately brings a sense of peace, happiness and what some have called spiritual bliss. No matter what your mood might be upon entering this special building, you will feel elevated and at peace. It is an unmistakable feeling that has been scientifically verified through research conducted in this and similar buildings using state of the art equipment that measures something called heart coherence.

Heart coherence (the relative stability of the heart beat with more or less variability) has been demonstrated to indicate the level of stress in an individual and the subsequent state of their body, brain, emotions and consciousness. High heart coherence (low .. 2 heart rate variability) indicates a peaceful, blissful, connected state and low coherence indicates a restless stressed state with all of the biochemistry associated with that state. There are indications that heart coherence may be a more profound indicator of higher states of consciousness then research in brain wave patterns. Put simply, scientists are finding that the brain is not the commander – the mind of the heart is in fact the one who runs the show.

When one expects to feel something often they do – real or not. Science helps eliminate the collusion that happens so often in this age of crystals, chanting, and tarot cards. We now know that buildings such as these have an authentic and unmistakable positive affect on people. In the research that was conducted (Mercay and Hoffman, January and July 2010), individuals were measured before and during exposure to such a building (including this one). The results were clear – the subjects demonstrated a significant increase in heart coherence while being in these buildings. Their heart coherence doubled in every case. Subjectively they noted an increase in happiness, wellbeing, peacefulness and that subtle illuminating experience called spiritual bliss.

I remember taking an unsuspecting electrician into one of these small buildings a few years ago when I was building such a house and Temple Cottage for a family in New Mexico. He knew nothing about what I was doing. When he entered the Temple Cottage he said, “Wow I almost feel dizzy – it feels really good in here.” His words faded off as he stood blissfully in the Temple of Space Science as Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati calls them. On the same site, the county building inspector who came to inspect the much larger house being built on the same property using the same ancient principles turned around one day and said, “I don’t know what it is about this house – it looks like any other house – but there is something special going on here.”


Fabric of The Universe: The Origins, Implications, and Applications of Vastu Science By Jessie J. Mercay. Text and diagrams, with permission, from Dr. Jessie Mercay, Fabric of the Universe, For any questions please visit

Dr. Sthapati’s Birthday!

Remembering and respecting the great works of Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati on this day. We all are thankful for his great service to our humanity. Below is the tribute from his true and beloved student Dr.Jessie J Mercay.

Today is the birthday of my late teacher Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati. He was one of the most amazing people I have ever met. A true Brahmarishi. He was born on September 30, 1927 at Pilliaypatti, near Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India into an illustrious family of traditional architects, engineers and builders (Sthapati’s). His family lineage was thousands of years old and it is known that his ancestor built the Tanjore temple. An amazing structure. He himself built hundreds of traditional stone buildings including the 133 ft high statue that stands at the tip of India in the ocean.

His strict adherence to the pure principles of Vaastu Shastras was an inspiration. He propagated the deep science behind Vaastu (the science of transformation of matter into energy) and hence took it out of the realm of superstition. Once one understands the real science then one sees that it is not possible to make a regular house into a Vaastu house and that there are no yantras, mirrors, bells, colors, pictures, or any other objects that can correct the Vaastu energy of a non compliant house. Dr. Sthapati, affectionately called Ayya, was distraught at all of the fake Vaastu consultants around the world. He was also concerned with the many architects who claim to be building Vaastu or Sthapatya Veda houses but were not following the Shastric guidelines. When he appointed me to start a school and teach this knowledge, he passed that concern down to me. I feel his urge for the proper propagation of this knowledge even more today – on his birthday. It is an ever-present motivation but today I feel him urging me on more than ever. I hope that all of you can at least take a weekend class from me and learn the real background of this knowledge is far more than brick and mortar.

I will do what is called Tharpanam ritual today to honor him and to pray for his continued blessings and assistance from where his soul lives. I will also pray for his well-being. This is traditionally done for ancestors and I feel he is a relative so I will do it. He himself wrote a genealogy in which he place my name under his indicating that he holds me as his sister. I will make another post on Tharpanam so you may also do such a thing for your ancestors if you are interested. It is a sweet and simple ritual of love.

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Why to Visit Temples ? (Scientific Reason)

There are thousands of temples all over India in different size, shape and locations but not all of them are considered to be built the Vedic way. Generally, a temple should be located at a place where earth’s magnetic wave path passes through densely. It can be in the outskirts of a town/village or city, or in middle of the dwelling place, or on a hilltop. The essence of visiting a temple is discussed here.

Now, these temples are located strategically at a place where the positive energy is abundantly available from the magnetic and electric wave distributions of north/south pole thrust. The main idol is placed in the core center of the temple, known as “*Garbhagriha*” or *Moolasthanam*. In fact, the temple structure is built after the idol has been placed. This *Moolasthanam* is where earth’s magnetic waves are found to be maximum. We know that there are some copper plates, inscribed with Vedic scripts, buried beneath the Main Idol. What are they really? No, they are not God’s / priests’ flash cards when they forget the *shlokas*. The copper plate absorbs earth’s magnetic waves and radiates it to the surroundings. Thus a person regularly visiting a temple and walking clockwise around the Main Idol receives the beamed magnetic waves and his body absorbs it. This is a very slow process and a regular visit will let him absorb more of this positive energy. Scientifically, it is the positive energy that we all require to have a healthy life.

Further, the Sanctum is closed on three sides. This increases the effect of all energies. The lamp that is lit radiates heat energy and also provides light inside the sanctum to the priests or *poojaris* performing the pooja. The ringing of the bells and the chanting of prayers takes a worshipper into trance, thus not letting his mind waver. When done in groups, this helps people forget personal problems for a while and relieve their stress. The fragrance from the flowers, the burning of camphor give out the chemical energy further aiding in a different good aura. The effect of all these energies is supplemented by the positive energy from the idol, the copper plates and utensils in the *Moolasthan*am / *Garbagraham*. *Theertham*, the “holy” water used during the pooja to wash the idol is not plain water cleaning the dust off an idol. It is a concoction of Cardamom,*Karpura* (Benzoin), zaffron / saffron, *Tulsi* (Holy Basil), Clove, etc…Washing the idol is to charge the water with the magnetic radiations thus increasing its medicinal values. Three spoons of this holy water is distributed to devotees. Again, this water is mainly a source of magneto-therapy. Besides, the clove essence protects one from tooth decay, the saffron & *Tulsi* leafs protects one from common cold and cough, cardamom and *Pachha Karpuram* (benzoin), act as mouth fresheners. It is proved that *Theertham* is a very good blood purifier, as it is highly energized. Hence it is given as *prasadam* to the devotees. This way, one can claim to remain healthy by regularly visiting the Temples. This is why our elders used to suggest us to offer prayers at the temple so that you will be cured of many ailments. They were not always superstitious. Yes, in a few cases they did go overboard when due to ignorance they hoped many serious diseases could be cured at temples by deities. When people go to a temple for the *Deepaaraadhana*, and when the doors open up, the positive energy gushes out onto the persons who are there. The water that is sprinkled onto the assemblages passes on the energy to all. This also explains why men are not allowed to wear shirts at a few temples and women are requested to wear more ornaments during temple visits. It is through these jewels (metal) that positive energy is absorbed by the women. Also, it is a practice to leave newly purchased jewels at an idol’s feet and then wear them with the idol’s blessings. This act is now justified after reading this article. This act of “seeking divine blessings” before using any new article, like books or pens or automobiles may have stemmed from this through mere observation.

Energy lost in a day’s work is regained through a temple visit and one is refreshed slightly. The positive energy that is spread out in the entire temple and especially around where the main idol is placed, are simply absorbed by one’s body and mind. Did you know, every Vaishnava(Vishnu devotees), “must” visit a Vishnu temple twice every day in their location. Our practices are NOT some hard and fast rules framed by 1 man and his followers or God’s words in somebody’s dreams. All the rituals, all the practices are, in reality, well researched, studied and scientifically backed thesis which form the ways of nature to lead a good healthy life.

The scientific and research part of the practices are well camouflaged as “elder’s instructions” or “granny’s teaching’s” which should be obeyed as a mark of respect so as to once again, avoid stress to the mediocre brains.