Gem Salsberg, a long-time Yasodhara Yoga student, is helping the Ashram create videos and photography of the Temple project. Here she exhibits her photographs of a mystical Temple moment and tells her story.
After days of torrential rain, heavy clouds and a sobering American election, it seemed improbable that we would see the supermoon rising here on November 14th. The moon would be closer to the Earth than it has been since 1948. This timing synchronistically coincided with the raising of the first elegant and massive wooden supporting arches and curving shear walls of the Temple of Light.
That night as I finally lay in my bed, cosy and completely content to be in my pyjamas, I received a text from Swami Lalitananda: Supermoon shining on beams. Magic.
With a sleepy murmur and a sense of excitement, I wrestled on some warm clothes and headed out into the night, camera in hand.
As I walked the unlit dirt road, the clouds miraculously opened up and the moon began to rise from behind the mountains. When I reached the Temple, silver shimmered along the edges of its vast wooden bones. The world felt mysterious and powerful as the clarity of cold night stars emerged in the indigo sky. I worked with my camera to capture the moment.
These photographs were taken by the light of the supermoon. The beams were illuminated softly in the darkness. As the images surfaced, I was grateful for what my camera has shown me – that even in the darkest of times, there is light. I am perpetually learning to keep my heart open and in the lineage of the lens: to remain steady and focused and to allow enough time for truth to emerge. Occasionally, it is revelatory.