At our orphanage on the Eastern shore of Sri Lanka, a stone laying ceremony took place last month. The ceremony was blessed by the presence of Sri Swami Sarvarupananda of the Ramakrishna Mission in Colombo, Sr Swami Ajarathmananda of the RK Mission in Batticoloa and Mr. S.T. Arulanandam of the All Ceylon Hindu Congress.
Swami lays the first of the five traditional bricks.
Each of the dignitaries adds one.
All celebrate the event. Bapu, the orphanage director, is standing to the left of swami. Behind you see the new building that was erected to replace the one destroyed by the 2005 Asian Tsunami.
The site is farther from the sea, so future tsunamis will not reach the new facilities. Our congratulations to the team that made this amazing project possible in the midst of hardships and dire uncertainties in this lovely island nation.
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.