There is an ancient Tamil saying that no one can visit the great temple of Chidambaram unless Lord Nataraja Himself wills it. Many stories are told about the unbelievable coincidences that have allowed — or prevented — the visit of devotees to that venerable temple.
We don’t have as many tales to tell yet, but we suspect, in our hearts, that the same holds true here. Each guest who visits Kadavul and Iraivan may have danced with Siva for lifetimes, often unknowingly, before receiving His invitation.
The tour this phase happened two days ago. They arrived at Iraivan just in time to witness a stone lift! Guests, like this lovely couple from Canada, heard how special and rare it is to be present at such an event, especially at the beginning of the Rajagopuram.
While they had to keep some distance because of the big crane, all the guests seemed to appreciate the auspiciousness of the day. They had a wonderful time together with many intelligent questions.
This is a photo of last phase’s group, equally bright, who brought umbrellas and waterproof smiles.
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Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.