What is the Importance of Temples?
Temples are places wherein a force of collective spiritual aspiration can be focused. They are
like power stations for generating a higher consciousness in
society. They are like communication centers to contact the Divine
and the cosmic powers.
Thereby temples are the most
important buildings in any community, more significant than any
government building, news center or bank. They do all these
functions but on an inner level. Temples serve to bring spiritual
energies into the world and they work to purify our collective
psyche of negative karmas.
But a real temple is a place
of inner worship. It is not a church where preaching goes on, and
where dogma and authority are imposed upon the minds of people, but
a place of peace wherein meditation and devotional worship occurs to
open our minds and hearts to the Divine.