In India, the innermost part of the temple is called GARBHA, womb very meaningfully. Where the deity of the temple sits, the innermost shrine is called GARBHA the womb. In olden days Temples were built by Mystics not just by stone cutters. There is a bigger mystical science behind than you can imagine.
Whatever I am saying applies similarly to Churches and Mosques, I am taking temples as an example because I have grown around them.
Today let me share two important components of Indian temples
Garbha: Which is where deity of the temple is kept and its the most sacred place of the temple.
Temple bell:Most of the old temples have large bell at the entrance of the temple and you need to ring it before you enter temple.
Let me start with temple bells first. A Temple bell is another scientific phenomena; it is not just your ordinary metal. It is made of various metals including cadmium, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, chromium and. manganese. The proportion at which each one of them mixed is real science behind a bell. Each of these bells is made to produce such a distinct sound that it can create unity of your left and right brain. The moment you ring that bell, bell produces sharp but lasting sound which lasts for minimum of seven seconds in echo mode good enough to touch your seven healing centers or chakras in your body.
The moment bell sound happens your brain is emptied of all thoughts. Invariably you will enter state of Trans state where you are very receptive. This Trans state is the one with awareness. You are so occupied in mind that only way to awaken you is with a Shock! And trust me Bell works as Anti-dote to your mind.
Before you enter temple to awake you and prepare you for taste of awareness is the real reason behind temple bell.In other words it helps to ring to wake yourself Up! To an extent Fragrant generators, Low light lamps all form Ecosystem to create awareness. Ill brief you some other day about mysteries behind each one of them
Bells had other reasons also, as most of the old temples never had doors and were located near hills and forest there would have been distinct possibilities for animals, Insects, birds to take shelter. But bell sound doesnt allow any of the living creatures to sustain inside for a long time. So dont be surprised if you find Old temples still brimming with energy inside with less dust, no sign of insects or animals.
As soon as you come close to innermost center of the temple you come to Garbha Gudi or Womb center Or Place of origin. Now to be honest deity is an excuse to create effect on you. Deities work as your focal point. Idea is to remind you of your womb and your nine months.Idea here is to remind you of true potential! Idea of Garbha is to reminnd you of your inner source!
Womb also signifies tremendous potential of a child when he is born. As Zen say everyone is born as a Buddha But you just forget it.
And this is what Jesus says be a child like to enter heavenhe says be child like in potential not childish which you end up becoming mostly.
In silence your thoughts have tremendous potential to become reality. This is why people say My prayers have come true.
Indeed every prayer has potential to come true provided you prayed in deep awareness. one of my friend in his book calls this phenomenon as Law of intention This is also known as synchronicity.
In deep silence your silent consciousness is ripened field. But in this ripened field , your mind enters and creates evil ways as you pray for money, house, wife and other selfish needs. All your wishes are too self-centered and it can create conflicts with other people wishes. Other people are also asking for money wife and everything you are asking.
So mystics found another way of encountering this issue. In order to create more cosmic thoughts and avoid mind created local thoughts they created Mantras In origin the very reason of mantras is to create certain vibrations in you. Mantras were created with intention to override your thoughts and include more Cosmic thoughts.
Thats why in temples they tell children not to speak but listen to mantras! But the Priests have forgotten the art of throwing energy into words or Mantras. That secret art of saying Mantras is a separate topic for another day.
Now coming back to deity, Deity itself has no meaning unless you create. Deity is used more as a focal point or to attack your Mind.
But then larger idea behind the mystics has been lost partly due to priests and partly due unawareness. Mystics Idea of temple was to keep alive the flame of Meditation or awareness in you. Temples are used as reminders to your inner source.
Temples doest belong to any religion, temples doest belong to Hindus. Temple doest belong to any beliefs. Temple is just a Roadside rest place for people on path. Churches, Mosques also serve you same way. All roads leads to just one place!.
Once you have deepest experience of Meditation then you forget temple and move on: Then You create temple inside you.Then you forget bell and create sound of silence inside you.Thats the sign of yogi or saint. Saint is the one who has dropped all worshiping places and found one in his heart.
Next time when you visit Temple, Church or a Mosque dont focus on your prayers and dream wishes. Leave God alone for sometime and go deep inside. Get taste of awareness and get taste consciousness. Suddenly you will find godliness inside you.