9/24/11

Three in One

The Triple Spiral


The "triple spiral" represents a variety of symbolic notions:
  1. The Buddhist "Triple Gem" - Buddha, Dharma, Sangha:
    • Buddha - Sacred* Wisdom (Bodhi)
    • Dharma - Sacred Responsibility (Human Duty/Divine Law),
    • Sangha  - Sacred Community

  2. The Hindu "Trinity" - Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva.**
    These three Hindu gods are the divine representations of the processes of:
    • Creation - Brahma (Creator)
    • Synthesis - Vishnu (Preserver)
    • Analysis - Shiva (Destroyer of obstacles)
      Creation is driven by both the processes of synthesis and analysis! ***

  3. The "Human Triple Unity" - Spirit, Mind, Body. 
    This unity is discernible in the harmoniously developed  human. It is expressed by the three functional modalities of play (sacred lila), learning, and work:
    • Spirit - Play (sacred lila) (pertaining to spirited enjoyment, bliss),
    • Mind - Learning (pertaining to mental reality),
    • Body - Work (pertaining to physical reality).
     
  4. The first "Three Elements of Antiquity" - Stone, Wood, Water.
    These earliest known elements are represented in by a stone edifice, a tree and a well or spring:
    • Stone - house, temple,
    • Wood - Pipal tree, Bael tree (bodhi tree, tree of knowledge),
    • Water - well, spring, (fountain of life).


    * Sacred or Human/Divine 
     
    ** Unfortunately, the functionality of the divine powers of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva is rather misunderstood. E.g.  according to traditional Hindu cosmology Brahma is considered to be the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer. However ingrained this interpretation is in Hindu thought, it is a rather incomplete understanding, especially the role of Shiva as simply the destroyer!

    *** "There are two major low-level cognitive mechanisms of creativity: divergent thinking that is the ability to generate original, distinct, and elaborate ideas, and convergent thinking that is the ability to logically evaluate and find the best solution among a variety of feasible alternatives. A parallel between these two mechanisms and the processes of synthesis and analysis of conceptual spaces can naturally be drawn: creativity per se is a balance of synthesis, which usually leads to expanding the conceptual space, and analysis, which is associated with exploring the space. The dynamics of the interaction of divergent and convergent thinking establishes the canonical dynamics of the creative process – the dynamics of creative exploitation and exploration." Source: http://arxiv.org/ftp/cs/papers/0605/0605120.pdf (page ten)

2/13/11

"AuraPuri" - In Depth Introduction


A serious Proposal for a Model Village in Khajuraho - the Heart of India


(For now a proposal only...)

Depiction of Traditional Living in Tribal India
The spiral is an essential symbol used in traditional wedding rituals in certain regions of India

Notice the spiral used in a wedding ceremony
in front of the horse's feet
used prior to the groom entering the wedding hall
Aims

The “AuraPuri Social Initiative” is a comprehensive plan (started in December 2010) to plan and build an ideal and futuristic model village and ecological enclave (approx. 99 acres) that provides all the necessary elements in abundance to have its inhabitants acquire:
  • Integral physical, mental and spiritual well-being,
  • All-round education from Kindergarten to University levels,
  • The acquisition of an extensive set of effective and efficient practical-life skills,
  • Individual independence and self reliance,
  • Self-respect, self-confidence,
  • Respect for all fellow human beings,
  • Tolerance and openness to all cultures and religions,
  • Personal and social responsibility,
  • Personal financial responsibility and responsible money management techniques,
  • People skills and insight in one’s own behaviour,
  • Self-control and compassionate intercourse with all fellow human beings.
  • Behavioural attitudes that promote gender equality,
  • Sensitivity to ecological requirements of tidiness, cleanliness and beauty,
    o from tilling the land,
    o to planting, harvesting, tending and caring for cattle,
    o food preparation, clean-up,
    o laundry and washing, personal hygiene,
    o building and maintaining shelter,
    o proper use of and maintenance of machinery, vehicles and other equipment,
    o proper handling of electric and electronic devices,
    o computer work,
    o manufacturing skills, etc.
     

2/12/11

Symbolism of the Spirals in AuraPuri


The "triple spiral" in the AuraPuri's logo represents a variety of symbolic notions:
  1. The Buddhist "Triple Gem" - Buddha, Dharma, Sangha:
    • Buddha - Sacred* Wisdom (bodhi),
    • Dharma - Sacred Responsibility (Human Duty/Divine Law),
    • Sangha  - Sacred Community

    • The Hindu "Trinity" - Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva.**
      These three Hindu gods are the divine representations of the processes of:
      • Creation - Brahma (Creator)
      • Synthesis - Vishnu (Preserver)
      • Analysis - Shiva (Destroyer of obstacles)
        Creation is driven by both the processes of synthesis and analysis! ***

        • The "Human Triple Unity" - Spirit, Mind, Body. 
          This unity is discernible in the harmoniously developed  human. It is expressed by the three functional modalities of play (sacred lila), learning, and work:
          • Spirit - Play (sacred lila) (pertaining to spirited enjoyment, bliss),
          • Mind - Learning (pertaining to mental reality),
          • Body - Work (pertaining to physical reality).