Sweet group of souls today for our public tour. If these groups are a true sampling of American consciousness, it is easy to be encouraged. So open and respectful of different approaches to God and spiritual discovery.
During the recent Ayudhya puja time we gained a new appreciation for the Silpis and the chisels that they shape and forge. The sharp chisels for fine detail last only about five minutes of carving time before they must be re-forged. Our guests are utterly amazed that we have been carving this temple for twenty years now.
Dharma is religious patterns which when followed promote the wellbeing of the individual, the family and society. Patterns so that the soul matures and gets closer to God, closer to realizing the Divinity within. Dharma is: "The orderly fulfillment of an inherent nature or destiny," working on instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Destiny is fixed: Realization. Personal dharma, "your own perfect pattern in life", is different for the sannyasin and the householder.