Flower of Life Park
At the heart of Lilleoru lies the Flower of Life Park, based on ancient pattern of creation. Within it, sacred structures from various cultures have found a place. Thus uniting the spiritual heritage of different cultures, the park symbolizes the unity of human essence - universal wisdom and harmony that belongs to us all.
Flower of Life Grows in Lilleoru
Text by Ain Padrik, architect and leader of the Flower of Life Park project, from the article "Flower of Life Grows in Lilleoru" in the publication "Communities 3", April 2010.
Is it a coincidence that right after Drunvalo Melchizedek's book “The Ancient Secrets of the Flower of Life” came out at the end of 2003, the image of the Flower of Life found its place in the landscape of Lilleoru? This image weaves the previously existing and seemingly randomly placed sacred structures into a unified pattern. It turned out that all the previously built structures fit into the crucial joining points of the pattern, including the location of the powerful center point that had been known to Lilleoru's founder and teacher Ingvar Villido for quite some time.
Even more precision appeared – the temple and the place for summer fire ceremonies lines up perfectly with the elongation of the center axis of the island in the "Amrita Lake" (shaped like an eye, vesica piscis, currently under construction). This axis is perpendicular to the main axis of the Flower of Life. Such grandiosely perfect and meaningful order! These discoveries were inspiring, and confirmed the necessity of building the Flower of Life Park.
The Flower of Life is known as a geometric shape derived from the base-pattern of creation, which opens the secrets of life's mysteries to us. This ancient symbol is beyond any particular religion, belonging to all of humanity. It is an enlarged geometric representation of the regular cellular level creation processes of life, the original language of the universe, pure form and proportion. This shape contains within it the life cycle of the fruit tree: tree – flower – fruit – seed – tree. These five simple distinct stages in the life cycle of the fruit tree have a parallel in the whole divine process of creation.
In Lilleoru, the Flower of Life symbol unites the existing sacred objects with the components of the Tree of Life on the Flower of Life in a special and unique way: the Tree of Life has been shifted by 19,4 m (the radius of the circle) to the west in relation to the Seed of Life, due to the locations of existing structures. We have created a parkscape based on sacred geometry that in this context symbolizes the eternal teaching, without beginning or end, universal wisdom that is beyond religions - in Sanskrit, sanatan dharma. The teachings and practices taught at Lilleoru belong to this line of universal teachings.
In the spring of 2004, the center of the Flower of Life - the Seed of Life - was marked on the land. Immediately after, large scale landscape elevation work began, in order to raise the central area to be the highest part of the Flower of Life.
Over the following 3 years, through communal work on weekends, 6 limestone-bordered flower petals and the surrounding circle appeared. Herb beds were built on the flower petals, and powerful herbs grow there. The creation process gathered force.
Through donations, we commissioned the building of Lilleoru's symbolic gate, one of the components of the Tree of Life. The crimson-red poured concrete cube is dedicated to the raw origin-energy of life, Ma Kali. While passing trough the gate with the sound of the bell, the visitor receives a symbolic cleansing, entering the realm of sacred space.
Since May 2007, we have been hosting popular communal work events "Building the Flower of Life". Participants come from all around Estonia, the work progresses and the Flower of Life grows visibly.
As another commissioned project, several hundred meters of structural support walls for tiered terraces were built, funded by Enterprise Estonia's regional competitiveness-raising program. At the same time, we built the entrance way and the unique rock-garden in front of the gate as a communal work project.
At the May 2009 work event, we "dotted the i": the Seed of Life at the center of the Flower of Life received a colorful concrete geometric shape - a yantra - to mark the center point. This yantra expresses the presence of Kriya Babaji, the source of kriya yoga line of teachings. The Seed of Life has been sown, but some work still remains: building of herbal beds, planting of bushes and creation of lawns.
In the summer of 2011, a new "resident" moved in to Flower of Life Park – white bull Nandi, the lord of joy and symbol of the student. Like the other objects in the park, the statue of Nandi carries specific meaning and power. It's located in the area of the heart chakra – anahata– in the sacred geometry of the Flower of Life Park in front of the temple. This place is associated with purification and the rise of consciousness to the fourth level, characterized by good will, selfless love, compassion, tolerance and understanding – human qualities associated with the heart center.
In the Spring of 2012 we will build a meditation square in front of Nandi, because his blessed and expressive statue is a helpful example on the yogic path.
49 sliver willows are planted along the perimeter of the 120 meter diameter circle of the Flower of Life, symbolizing resilience and flexibility. A walking path is being built along the circle as well. The creation of this large scale theme park continues: we're making the Flower of Life pattern more precise, creating additional objects and building a new sacred structure around the existing small temple.
Over time, the Flower of Life Park, together with the "Amrita Lake" pond, will turn into a remarkable sacred space that is open to all, helping us find peace of mind through its innate harmony.