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.
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.