Our Temple and Deities — An Introduction
Existence is a composite of unlimited forces, powers, and entities. We see spirit everywhere manifesting in all forms and beings. All is spirit, even those things we designate as not spirit, or 'matter.' Spirit is the essence, the life and being of all that exists. All spirit is related, for it is of the same primal essence. All things float within the fundamental power of the love of the supreme. All energetic acts performed by any being anywhere has an affect on all, for energetically there is only one of us. Although one, we are individuated (or differentiated) according to the unique manifestation of our desires in the choices we make.
It is possible to conceptually discuss god by giving the supreme the male gender and separating or distinguishing [him] from all others as the greatest, most powerful, omniscient, omnipotent, and so on. It is also possible to see the supreme as the sum total of all that is, without differentiation from anything else or any other being. One could also see all beings as part of the supreme and integrated within the energy of the supreme totality of all existence. However, this sum total of all does not exist on its own as an independent entity as it is not a being or an independently existing unit in any useable sense of the term. We may visualize it as a concept to help us understand infinite energy, but it is more advantageous to describe the supreme in terms of the complete whole as all beings and all things fit comfortably within this description.
That essence which links all things is spirit for everything is spirit in essence. Spirit is everywhere manifesting throughout all space and multi-dimensional existence. The complete whole includes the devas, or beings that live in those dimensions not usually perceivable by us. They are instrumental in adapting existence to the multifarious requirements of we who are manifesting organic life forms in this physical realm. The complete whole is supported by and energized by the supreme divinity that all are related to. All are within that supreme divine personality, yet no part of this complete whole exists independently of any other part, and no part is all that is needed. All are related within that complete whole where everything is connected and interdependent. There is indeed only one of us.
We can know this to be true, but our experience of this truth is far more important to us who are conscious spirit. When we feel ourselves alone, separated from other spiritual beings or disconnected from the supreme divinity or the supreme divinity's expansions and manifestations within space and time, we do not feel whole. To feel whole we require to feel the consciousness of all within that whole. Starting from our present state of our expanded self-awareness, we can reach out to and connect to those in our everyday world, and then continue to connect to more highly evolved energetic beings in our own perceivable dimensional space, and then further to those outside this dimension, the devas, who have powers of incalculable capacity and the cosmic responsibility to make things work properly in the universe.
These devas are always ready to support, assist and co-operate with us, and they reciprocate with us when we tune to their energy, respect them as individuals, and appreciate them for what they are and what they can offer. As the devas are expansions of the supreme divinity, connecting with them naturally includes the potential to connect to those most powerful beings to whom the devas are connected. By creating connection to these universally significant energetic beings who embody the overarching quality of celestial love and selfless service, we may rapidly experience our completeness within the complete whole by tuning our energetic frequency to the energy of the source of these devas, the supreme divinity.
When we are in a higher, more aware state of consciousness, we can directly experience the inter-connectivity between all of us by seeing the inescapable connection between the energy we emit and the energy we absorb. The negative energy we send out becomes the negativity we receive, while the positive and loving energy we send out returns as a nourishing loving energy that helps us flourish. Learning to appropriately reciprocate love with divine beings opens the doorway to exquisite inter-dimensional relationships. By feeling the relations between ourselves, all beings and all things around us, we realize that we are all connected. This insight is the essence of spiritual evolution, and to facilitate our coming to this momentous realization, the supreme divinity and the devas manifest their spiritual essence in form. These forms, called deities, are energetically one with these divine personalities, for they have chosen to fill their deity forms with their spiritual energy to make it easy for us to connect to them, energetically perceive them, accept them as they are, and reciprocate with them with our love. Therefore these manifested forms become the vehicles by which their energy can interface with our existing senses and thus be perceivable by us. After all, if perception of these divine beings was exclusively limited to those who could directly see, feel, and relate to them, few, if any, would contact them.
The complete whole wishes to always feel itself whole, for that is the natural and true situation of existence. Whenever this natural state of balance is lost due to the neglect of the individuals within the complete whole, this perturbed condition inspires the whole to find its complete balance again. Regaining the natural state of balance begins with each spiritual entity's conscious awareness of all other parts of the whole, and continues with each entity's experience of the energetic balance provided by the supreme divinity. It is the responsibility of each unit of existence to remain awake to the spiritual oneness that we share and that we are.
Considering this, divine beings wish to be of service to us by imbuing the deity form with their energy to provide a place for their refined spiritual frequencies and our presently disharmonious energy to easily meet. They allow us to tune to their highly refined spiritual energetic vibrations that generate the impetus for us to expand our consciousness through spiritual awakening and provide the strength and capacity for us to do so. The divine beings welcome this awakening as it contributes to the natural state of balance within the complete whole.
The deities residing within the St. Petersburg Temple of Divine Energy give us the opportunity to utilize their energy for our benefit. When we are in their temple, we may directly harmonize ourselves to their divine energy through spiritual tuning. They are eager and willing to arrange spiritually enlivening connections to those who come before them, to open themselves to them, and to accept them as they are without creating speculated impositions that cloud their being. Those who are aware of the divine energy available in the temple clearly see that the deity form is not an icon or a statue, for they feel the spiritually transmitted energy that flows from the deity. Since these deities are filled with the powerful flowing energy of the divine personalities whose energy they manifest, these visible and physically manifested forms are themselves one with the divine. They are divine.
In our Temple of Divine Energy, we have invited forms of the supreme divinity and their devas to share their lives with us. These deities offer us their love and reciprocate with us in ways we can accept. To help those unfamiliar with these forms in the particular Eastern tradition they manifest, we shall explain them more according to the way in which they share with us their energy than the specific culture within which these forms have manifested in previous eras. All cultures of the world have some form of spiritual awareness and according to their unique circumstances have developed a way of presenting their deities that relates well with their people. As divine beings want people to awaken their connection to them, making it culturally easy to do so is naturally sensible. Our temple has deities from the traditions of the East, yet we who have created the center are not from the East neither are we of the Eastern culture. Due to our taste and training, we accept the deity forms in this Eastern oriented manner but without prejudice to the ways of the modern world. Out of our desire to not mix together cultures or traditions in the same temple, we maintain a cohesive cultural presentation. There are other forms suitable for those who are of other traditions in other parts of our center.
All persons are welcome to comfortably connect to these deities without any pressure to believe in a particular tradition and without a need to dress or act according to any particular culture. Everyone is invited to take advantage of this facility as they wish with their own words or manners befitting their own unique spiritual energy and emotional patterns. Our desire is for you to experience the divine spiritual energy. Next —> Gaura Nitai