We had our tour day yesterday and after viewing the monastery grounds, Iraivan Temple site and sitting in the radiance of Kadavul Siva Temple, guests are often blessed to enter the mini mela and find our Satguru waiting to greet them and happy to sign their book purchases.
Yesterday’s radiant sunny day brought a big group of souls up the “spine of the dragon” (as Kuamo’o Road is sometimes referred to as it rises on a ridge between two valleys) to experience the rare, the exotic, the ineffable!
While evening rains are now routine again the days are sun drenched.
The Rajagopuram reigns supreme!
“There is no such thing as a tourist” a swami told me once upon a time. All are perfect souls on pilgrimage!
Our dear and most immediate neighbor, Joe Stoddard, who has patiently endured years of traffic and parking in his front yard came later in the morning for a private tour with his youngest grandson and his son in law. He is 89 years old and takes long walks every day with youthful exuberance.
It is rare experience indeed to actually meet a Satguru after hearing so much about them on the tour.
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.