The Chaitanya Jyoti Museum Construction Final Stage

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Nearby an enormous granite ball can be seen rotating, bathed in a continuous stream of water. This ball weighs 670 kg and is actually moved entirely by water hydraulics. This arrests the mind in silent contemplation of the gentle, soft water moving the heavy, hard granite.
Looking up one can see the Moorish titanium domes, proudly showing the Sarva Dharma symbol. The metal is only half a millimeter thick and the domes’ use of titanium is unique in India.
From the roof one can see the blending of architectural styles. The dome is complimented both by the Gothic windows and the Roman arches.

Next the devotee is beckoned to climb further and then he waits in the cool shade of the upper stairs. Here one can enjoy not only the view in front of the sports stadium and hills, but also look up and marvel at the roof above. It is filled with a canopy of colours and designs in glorious Chinese style. The central flower has embedded fibre optic lights which change colour in delightful patterns. One is surrounded by 108 Hanumans who are supporting the roof confirming the belief that this great devotee is ever in service to Sai.When the Lord came to pay a gracious visit, He stopped by this arena and remarked, “Why have you painted it red? Red is a communist colour”. The reply from the Chief Engineer was that red was traditionally used in China well before communism. Of course, this is known to Swami, but may be He wanted to clarify this to others who would not know about this.
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The building also incorporates some numerological features related to Divinity. The number 9, Swami’s own Divine number, and the number 75 are prominently used throughout.
Here are some examples relating to the Stupa. Its total height is 36 feet. The lotus stem rises 27 feet up to the 108 petalled lotus which is 9 feet in diameter.

Other references to the number 9 include 108 Hanumans supporting the roof, 90 exhibits and 90 doorknobs. The roof is 81 feet above road level and the Museum was inaugurated on the 18 November.
Relating to 75, there are 75 steps in the staircase up to the balcony and the building itself is 75 feet high.
Thus the reader can be in no doubt that the Chaitanya Jyoti Museum embodies a testament to Living Divinity.
In its stunning structures, and delightful designs, what better way can there be to convey the Lord’s Love. Inspired by Him, it is a fitting ‘finger pointing to the moon’.

The Touch of the Divine
That the Museum was finished in less than half the time believed to be necessary by the architect and in spite of scores of challenges, was only possible due to Swami’s Grace. In fact, the Chief Engineer told ‘Heart to Heart’ that he never believed that the Museum would be finished on schedule.

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At one point Col. Bose, the Engineer put in charge of the project by Swami, was despairing over the amount of rock that they were encountering. He mentioned this to Swami who said casually “Yes, I know, many rocks”. However, after this point the clearance went on apace and the previous problems disappeared.
Indeed, there were other points where the lack of time was mentioned even by the Lord Himself. Witness the divine conversation that Swami held with one of the project managers, on 30 October 2000.
“Will there be the inauguration on 18 November?”
“Swami, it is your Sankalp”
“But there is too much work remaining”
“We will complete it with Your Grace.”
“Time is short”
“We will work day and night”
Swami smiled and said “Manchidi” meaning “Very Well” in Telugu.
Swami visited the site twice during construction to sanctify the work and bless the artisans. He admired the craftsmen’s progress giving encouragement and valuable suggestions to be taken up. He also saw the exhibits on a number of occasions making valuable comments on how to improve them.
On one such occasion five days before the inauguration, on the 13 November 2000, Swami was entering the building when the glass front door shattered into a myriad pieces. This was because of people pressing against it to see Bhagavan. None was injured and Swami waited for the broken glass to be cleared before proceeding. This took a full five minutes, but in the meantime Swami waited – the Embodiment of Patience and Tranquility.
He then walked through as if nothing had happened. Of course a new door had to be ordered at breakneck speed to be ready for the opening ceremony.

One might be forgiven for seeing this as a negative incident. But the Chinese present were able to shed a different light.
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They pointed to their traditional belief that such an occurrence was actually auspicious. For it heralded the absorption by the Divine of any negative Karma,
leaving only positive energy.

There is a Chinese saying, “All the pieces that touch the ground will bloom into flowers and shall bear fruits”. And this is indeed what happens when the Divine touches our lives – the negative becomes positive. There were indeed no more problems leading up to the Museum’s opening.
Later, Bhagavan said in all graciousness “I did not have time to read everything. You need two days to see everything”.

The second time was on the first anniversary, 18 November 2001, when Swami blessed the staff who have treasured their role of maintaining the building and its exhibits. The Museum will last hundreds of years and millions will behold this testament to the Avatar. One of the building’s purpose is to preserve for future generations, the experience of the Divine Embodiment that the contemporaries of the Avatar are able to enjoy.
To say that Bhagavan is omni-faceted means that only a building of this architecture and aesthetic value, with its ninety illuminating exhibits, its educational and inspirational features, can attempt, in however small a manner, to do justice to His Glory – now and for future generations. Of course, even the Museum falls short of the depiction, which is why the devotees’ journey culminates at the Chaitanya Jyoti Meditation Hall. This affirms to the visitor that having viewed the enchanting Museum’s edifying contents, we must learn from one of its messages. For it is when we See Always Inside – SAI, that the real gift of Chaitanya Jyoti is experienced.
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