topic for today’s presentation is Sanctum Master. A sanctum Master is
the image you place before you during your sanctum meditations. Your
Sanctum Master could be a Savior, a God, a Bodhisattva or a Buddha. This
presentation is mostly to help you to decide on your favorite Sanctum
Master. Here are a few of them:
Yemoja also known as Yemaya is an Orisha
Goddess from the Yoruba religion. She was transported to the new world
during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and manifests in different forms
in the Americas. Yemoja is
the ultimate protectress; she protects her children and specially favors
women with respect to love, conception, childbirth, parenting and
Lakshmi is a Hindu Goddess of wealth, fortune
and prosperity but she is also an important Goddess in Jainism.. She
also protects her devotees from sickness and adversity.
Saraswathi is the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music, art, wisdom, and learning. She
the mother of the Vedas and she represents intelligence, consciousness, cosmic knowledge,
creativity, education, enlightenment, power, and "divine
knowledge." She is also the Goddess of speech and associated with
fertility and purification.
Tara is a female bodhisattva in Mahayana
Buddhism but she also appears as a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism
or Tibetan Buddhism. She is the Goddess of Peace and Protection but also
appears in different colors with different functions:
Green Tara is associated with compassion,
White Tara is associated with compassion, long
life, healing and serenity.
Red Tara is associated with attracting good
things to her devotees.
Black Tara is associated with power
Yellow Tara is associated with wealth and
Blue Tara is associated with the transmutation
is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Hinduism but we mostly
associate him with the Bhagavad Gita where he encourages Arjuna to fight
in the battle between the Kurus and the Pandavas. He is often depicted
as the one God and as an Avatara or incarnation. He
is considered as the God of compassion tenderness, love and forgiveness.
is the Christian savior and messiah. He is also known as Jesus of
Nazareth. He is mostly depicted as the Healing Christ, the Crucified
Christ or the Holy Christ. He is associated with forgiveness,
manifestation, transformation, healing, love and peace.
is a celestial Bodhisattva. He is the Lord who looks down with companion
on all beings. He is known as Chenrezik in Tibet and as a Quanyin, a
female Bodhisattva in China. He is associated with infinite compassion
and love for all beings.
is the founder of Buddhism. His name is Siddhartha Gautama. He is mostly
known for his serene contemplation pose but he has also been depicted as
Medicine Buddha (Healing Buddha), wrathful Buddha or the Buddha as the
union of male and female. He is mostly associated with compassion and
Amitabha is a celestial Buddha. He is also known as Amida or Amitayus.
He is the Buddha of immeasurable Light and Life. He is a savior and also
associated with compassion.
is a great Hindu God. He is the preserver and protector of the universe.
He descends to the earth at critical times to restore righteousness. So
far he has come to the earth nine times and will come again toward the
end of this age. He is often associated with creation, liberation,
preservation, protection and strength.
is another great Hindu God. He is the creator, destroyer and transformer
of the universe. He is often depicted as the half woman Lord, the Lord
of the dance and the Great Yogi. He is associated with compassion, power
and triumph over the ego.
These are by no means all the
Gods, Saviors, Bodhisattvas, or Buddhas. You are free to check out as
many Gods as you can. If you want to resolve a personal problem I
encourage you to choose the one that is most likely to help you to
resolve the problem. This means that you need to know their
specializations. For instance if you want to give birth to children you
may choose Goddess Tara, or Quanyin and if you want wealth and
prosperity you need Goddess Laxmi.
A great lesson to learn about the
Gods is that they are all within us. Thus meditating on a God or Praying
to a God helps us to activate the powers we need to resolve our problem.
Thus it is very important for you to take time to study each of them and
choose the ones that could bring out the best in you.
If you have resolved your
personal problems and want more from the practice I encourage you to
begin your meditation practices with the image of the Buddha as serene
contemplation or the image of Shiva as the Great Yogi. This is just my
recommendation but you can use any image that appeals to you.
next stage of the practice is for you to replace your sanctum image with
your own photo! The Gods lead us to the stream but they cannot drink for
us. A time will come when you will realize that the Infinite is also
within you! When you know that the Mystery of the Universe is also
within you there is nothing higher to be known!