The metal sculptor who is crafting the new entrance gates for the monastery (remember the lotus motif) sends these photos to us today. He is working on the unopened lotus buds. He he shows his multi-layered sketch alongside the first and basic shape of the flower bud.
Here he has added the petals, and they are discolored due to the heat of his work.
Then he polishes the metal to reveal the final lotus bud.
"Stand strong for Saivism." The nature of life for Saivites is to turn work into worship, to turn the secular into the sacred. Each day give a little extra warmth, humanness and upliftment to others. Every day is a holy day, all day long. We want to follow our religion even in our dreams. If we help someone, we're worshiping. Wherever we are, that's a place of worship. "To the Saivite Hindu all of life is sacred. All of life is religion."