Client - Le Sutra - Shuddhi (Self Purification)
‘Shuddhi’ means self purification and thus the room inspires cleansing and elimination of all impurities at gross and subtle level.
It is believed that as a person conquers weakness, temptations and desires his ‘Kundalini’ or consciousness level elevates; and when that person has attained the highest level of consciousness, his spirit leaves the body through the ‘Sahasra chakra’ or the back of the head and moves towards Moksh. Thus, in order to attain a state of awakening - unlearning and cleansing are an absolute must.
Art installations in the room
The Mandu inlaid on the floor indicates an ancient water purification system, where water slowed down as it passed through rough stones making it pure and clean. This acts as a parallel for the mind to attain tranquility and inspires advancement towards a higher state of consciousness. In order to achieve this, one needs to be less burdened with thoughts, desires, ideation, the agility of the mind and the aggressiveness of action; all need to decelerate.
The painting talks about an ‘out of body experience’ where the kundalini has fully risen and the soul leaves from the Sahasra chakra which is on the top of his head. He is greeted by a devi/angel who gifts him a lotus which is a symbol of purity. The devil/angel has come to receive him and takes him to the 7th loka or Swarg (heaven).
The crow on top of the branch simply signifies death. The hour glass shows that time is limited and also relative.
Damaru Side Table:
The shape of the damaru symbolizes the two dissimilar states of existence the conscious and the unconscious. When the damaru is vibrated, it produces dissimilar sounds which are fused together by resonance to create one sound. This is the primordial and purest sound.
The Trishul Coat Hanger:
The coat hanger is a depiction of the trishul. The 3 points of the trishul have different meanings and represent different trinities mainly – creation, maintenance and destruction; past, present and future. The trishul is a symbol of shakti (power) as it gives the strength to rise above the three gunas and reach the 7th chakra.
Lady Lotus Inlay:
The lotus in the bathroom is depicted in the human form and it signifies purity. It represents a human being’s achievement of purity while living in impure surroundings. It implies the concept of grahast ashram and its significance for spiritual advancement and growth.
The Yog Danda chair:
The inspiration of the Yoga Danda chair comes from the Yog Dand, an ancient device designed by Yogis, centuries ago, to harness the power of Yoga by the balancing of energy, through corrective breathing techniques.