Consecration of the Oneness Temple
designed to contribute to the activation and flowering of higher
consciousness, took place on the morning of April 22, 2008. Sri Amma
and Sri Bhagavan appeared in the main hall of the temple at around
8.15 am and bestowed blessings for mental and emotional growth,
physical health and higher levels of awareness upon thousands of
grateful followers in attendance from all over the world.
Months of planning and considerable human and fiscal resources were
invested in the consecration. India's premier event management firm
was retained to organize the event. The entire staff of the University
was engaged, along with 3,000 trained volunteers and 700 public and
private security officers. The University cleared 200 acres adjacent to
the Temple as a hospitality lot with water and food for 250,000 each
day, including a buffet serving 35,000 in each sitting.
As millions of people follow the teachings and have experienced the
grace of our beloved Sri Amma-Bhagavan, we expected large numbers
at the Consecration. To effectively manage the crowds, the country
was divided by regions, with each region assigned one of the six days
to attend. On the 42 acres occupied by the Temple, an orderly cue
system was created which included three miles of carpeted and shaded
walkways and 1.5 million square feet of covered space. Seven
thousand fans kept people refreshed as they waited to enter the
By our projections, 150,000 people would participate in the opening
each day, with one million total by the end of the week. Actual
attendance, however, exceeded all possible estimates. During the first
24 hours alone nearly one million traveled to the Temple site.
According to the organizers, who have produced dozens of large-scale
events, concerts and temple openings involving thousands of people,
the response of the public to the opening of the Oneness Temple was
unlike anything they have ever seen in the history of their organization.
Sri Amma-Bhagavan, the Acharyas (senior guides) and the Dasas
(guides) of the Oneness University were deeply moved by the
extraordinary response of the public to the opening of the Temple.
However, with new figures projected at least three million by the end of
the six days, it became evident that the crowds would be far larger than
our facilities could possibly accommodate. In the interest of public
safety, the decision was made to postpone and reschedule the opening
Official statement of the Oneness University Consecration of the Oneness Temple
for smaller groups broken up over several months.
The size of the crowd became unmanageable even for the police and
local authorities. As is to be expected from the swell of a crowd that
hovered past 500,000 at any given time, our medical team had to
provide assistance to some who were affected by exhaustion and heat.
There were no casualties in the Temple grounds. However, we were
informed by the police later that day that four casualties had been
reported in the vicinity, primarily due to exhaustion and other natural
causes. Our love and prayers go out to the families affected by this
loss. Sri Amma- Bhagavan, and the senior guides and the Guides at
the University have offered their condolences and arrangements were
made to provide material and financial assistance to those affected.
In the continued interest of safety, all opening events have been
postponed and the Temple has been closed to the public until further
notice. At this time, only the Oneness Beings are being granted access
to the Temple, where they remain meditating and praying for all of us
and for the advancement of consciousness in our world. All other
events and courses at the Oneness University's India and Fiji campuses
will continue as scheduled.
We wish to express our deep gratitude to everyone who joined us for
the consecration, and most especially to all the Blessing Givers, friends,
workers and supporters who invested their time, efforts and resources
to make the Oneness Temple a reality. The vision and mission of Sri
Amma-Bhagavan is strengthened thanks to your continued cooperation,
and we are honored to join with you as co-creators of a better future.
Humanity continues to face complex challenges and struggles requiring
solutions on a global scale. The Oneness community is engaged in the
search for those solutions, striving to alleviate suffering, and joining at
the heart, where all differences dissolve. Let us march together, with
renewed energy and hope, towards an era of freedom, peace and
Oneness for all.
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