I was recently introduced to Sacred Geometry as part of my 12-month study of the Bhagavad Gita. The Bhagavad Gita is a 700-verse scripture that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. It is thought to be one of the oldest and most sacred Vedic texts of the Hindus as it contains valuable yogic principles. Gandhi referred to the Gita as his “spiritual dictionary”.
In preparation for our study of chapters 5 and 6, the teacher showed us two videos on sacred geometry to expand our perspective on creation and the intricacy behind it.
Some refer to sacred geometry as the geometry used in the planning and construction of religious architecture. But such a simple explanation doesn’t really get to the root or the beauty of where this geometry comes from. How did such sophisticated architects and builders like the Romans, Greeks or Egyptians acquire this knowledge?
Through careful study and exploration, man as identified the patterns and most minuscule particles found in nature. When reduced to the most fundamental forms, we see common geometric shapes from the most elemental circle to the most complex Archimedean solids. No matter how intricate the geometry of both architecture and nature may become, all shapes can be reduced to smaller forms.
This notion of the part and the whole and how the two intertwine perfectly to create the beauty found in our world is symbolic of the underlying principle that the part and the whole are inseparable. This principle of oneness permeates all architecture, nature and even man. All life is interconnected. In the YouTube videos we watched in class, it was awe-inspiring to see the intricate perfection that harmoniously composes all creation. Everything is in divine order. There are no mistakes. Imperfections are perfections.
We spend so much of our lives thinking we are in control with the occasional reminder that we are not. Through a dedicated yoga practice, we experience the quiet solitude of meditation and universal oneness. For many of us, we leave class feeling relaxed and slowly go back to thinking we are in control.
Sacred geometry has provided me with a new lens with which to view everything. There is no need to worry or fear anything. There is no reason to feel stressed. Everything in life is in divine order and it is unfolding just as it should. The trials and tribulations of daily life are tests of our spirit. Every situation presents us with our soul’s work, what we are meant to be learning in that moment. The only thing we control is how we respond.
I read a quote in a Yoga Journal article that said, “Yoga is a dance between control and surrender – between pushing and letting go – and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being.”
How we respond to the present moment is a bit like this. There is an art in trusting in the perfection of the universe while leveraging free will to choose our response and knowing that both work together in concert to lead us down our intended path. Yoga builds our mental fortitude and present moment awareness to become more skillful at this.
I’ve used the mantra “everything is perfect” in my meditations recently. It is intriguing how this view of the world has translated to a greater calmness throughout the day. Situations that would normally be processed as high stress have become part of life’s flow. There is a sense of letting go, relenting to what is. When you trust in divine perfection, there is only one response with which to greet all situations. It’s simple. It’s powerful. It’s transformative. Gratitude.
And so it is.