I’ve always had a spiritual affinity for the number 3. As I got a little bit older and a tiny bit wiser I began to see how powerful and everpresent this number has been in my life, especially the way its always popped up in my search for what the meaning of “this” all is..
So let’s begin….
I am an only child, from a very small family. So my childhood was basically the interaction of mom, dad and me. Just the 3 of us.
I was raised Catholic so the foundation of everything was found in the Holy Trinity. Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
While on the topic.. I always told myself that if I was to ever have a daughter I would love to name her Trinity (this was way before the Matrix I swear) Oh and a new one.. the Matrix is my favourite movie.. and yes its a trilogy!
3 main states of consciousness Waking, Dreaming, Deep Sleep
Past, Present, Future
Body, Mind, Soul, although I now prefer to use Matter, Mind, Spirit
the sacred word OM is also known as AUM. Each of the three letters has a significant meaning. Among them is that the A stands for creation, U stands for preservation and M stand for destruction.
Look at the symbol of AUM, it sure looks a lot like a 3 to me.
This leads nicely into the trinity found in in the Hindu Dharma of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva which as above correlates with the creator, maintainer, and destroyer.
Adding to the Hindu and yoga themes there are 3 tendencies of the mind called “Gunas” being tamas, sattva and rajas
In the zodiac I am an Aries associated with the ram and fire.. interestingly enough in the chakra system the 3rd chakra called the manipura (to which my birthdate supposedly corresponds) is the chakra of fire and its seed mantra is the Ram. It is recognizable as it usually contains a red TRIANGLE… how cool is all that!!!
Ever hear of something called the THIRD EYE?
A triangle is the strongest geometric shape and of course we have the pyramids
combine the two above and think the all seeing eye of the Illuminati which can be found on the US dollar bill
in GOD (3 letters) we trust
Ken Wilber’s 4 quadrants can be reduced to the I (subjective truth), WE (intersubjective truth) and IT (the objective truths of the I and WE via forms of empirical science)
also used by Ken Wilber and found in various wisdom traditions are the notions of gross, subtle and causal energies which make up matter mind and spirit
what form does the body take when sitting in meditation?
now let’s move into Buddhism..
Trikaya = the three body doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism being: Nirmanakaya body which is the visible historical form of the buddha (physical), Sambhogakaya which is the celestial or archetypal body of the buddha (realm of the mental/subtle energy), and Dharmakaya being the Truth body, empty of all finite characteristics corresponding with Shunyata (emptiness)
3 karma types: good, bad and neutral
three main forms of ignorance: clinging, aversion and delusion
the three universal truths being: anicca (impermanence), dukkha (unsatisfactoriness/suffering), and anatta (non self)
All the notions and observations above then culminated into what I experienced as a great catharsis that began on the first day and first time I took refuge in the Triple Gem
It was my first silent 10 day retreat and the insights and experiences I had completely opened my eyes to a greater vision; A fuller understanding where I realized how much all sentient beings suffer and most importantly an understanding that there is a path to the cessation of suffering.
From that moment going forward my spiritual growth became more of a priority in my life.
Coinciding with this inner transformation also came the inspiration to start my little business and create the Sati-Collection of eco friendly yoga and meditation products that attempt to reflect my growth and respect the interconnectedness of all things.
But what to call this extension of me? What means alot to me? What name can capture my constant struggle to awaken and inspire me to continue to evolve and how can I incorporate the number 3 into it?
It then seemed so perfect…The TRIPLE GEM, aka The THREE JEWELS, in them I seek refuge, and through them I seek my Truth, my Dharma..
and so sebastian’s triplegem manifested and continues to evolve and grow
May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering
May all beings be happy
May all beings dwell in peace