In the yogic culture, Shiva is not known as a god, but as the Adiyogi or the first yogi – the originator of yoga. He was the one who first put this seed into the human mind. According to the yogic lore, over fifteen thousand years ago, Shiva attained to his full enlightenment and abandoned himself in an intense ecstatic dance upon the Himalayas. When his ecstasy allowed him some movement, he danced wildly. When it became beyond movement, he became utterly still. — Sadhguru
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled the 112 feet tall Lord Shiva statue at Isha Foundation in Coimbatore on Friday, on occasion of Maha Shivratri. The unveiling of the statue is part of a grand celebration planned at the venue by the Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Foundation on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.
The whole structure is estimated to weigh around 500 tonnes The bust, made of steel and it took 2.5 years to design it and in eight months to build it. The face of Adiyogi is the largest face of its kind on the planet.
According to Vasudev, in the yogic culture, Shiva is not known as God, but as Adiyogi or the first yogi – the originator of yoga. It is essential that the coming generations are seekers, not believers. As philosophies, ideology and belief systems that don’t stand the test of logic and scientific verification will naturally collapse in the coming decades, you will see the longing for liberation will rise. When that longing rises, ‘Adiyogi’ and the science of Yoga will become very important.
In a statement, the Isha Foundation said that the statue’s face will be largest in the world. The idea is not to build one more monument but to use it as a galvanising force towards self-transformation, it said. “This iconic face symbolises liberation, representing the 112 ways in which one can attain the ultimate through the science of yoga,” the statement said.
Queried about the significance of the figure 112 feet, Vasudev said, “Symbolically, 112 is a significant number, because ‘Adiyogi’ opened up 112 possibilities for human beings to reach their ultimate potential. For the first time in the history of humanity, He introduced the idea that the simple laws of nature are not permanent restrictions. If one is willing to strive, one can go beyond all limitations and attain liberation.”
Vasudev also said there is also a scientific significance — there are 112 chakras in the human system, with which you can work, to explore 112 dimensions of life. “This face is not a deity or temple, this is an iconic inspiration. In pursuit of the divine, you don’t have to look up, because it not somewhere else. Each of the 112 possibilities is a method to experience the divine within you. You just have to pick one,” Vasudev added.
On this occasion PM Modi said “Adiyogi will inspire many generations to take up Yoga. One remarkable thing that Sadhguru has done is that he has made yogis out of ordinary people. Today, the whole world wants peace, not only from wars and conflicts but peace from stress, and for that we have Yoga. India has given the gift of Yoga to the world. By practicing Yoga a spirit of oneness is created”
He also said, “It gives me immense distress when I hear about people abusing substances. Today people of the world want peace of mind and the simplest way of combating stress is Yoga. If the body is the temple of the mind, yoga creates a beautiful temple. That is why I call yoga a passport to health assurance.”
He added, “Yoga is about rog mukti and bhog mukti. Yoga makes an individual a better person. It will be unfair to see yoga as a set of exercises which makes a body fit. Yoga is far beyond physical exercises.”
He said, “Today whole world wants peace, not only from wars and conflicts but peace from stress, and for that we have Yoga.”