Yoginathaswami and I were a bit amazed at the level of technology here in India. Our room, for instance, is run entirely from an iPad, everything from lights and sounds, room service, laundry, every single thing that happens in the room is on the iPad. In this, India is far ahead of the US.
Our room boy was enamored by the Gurudeva shrine we keep in the room, and said he would offer a surprise. When we returned from the temple, we found he had made an elephant out of two towels!
Ponni Selvanathan, wife of our Sthapati, came to meet with us along with her younger son Raja Ganapathy and her nephew, who is a marking silpi. Her son is being groomed to become a sthapati. So encouraging to see that young men still are dedicated to the ancient arts. Even his older brother, now an airline pilot, plans to do the same after he has seen the world.
Details of the Temple Builders' bronze Memorial were worked out and we asked Pooni about the idea of having cows present at the opening of temples and homes (for our article in the magazine on cows). She is enormously knowledgeable and offered many insights to us.
Around 10:30 am we were met by the founder/owner of Atritex, Mr. Satya Narayanan and his partner, Srini, and together the four of us drove to their offices. Atritex has been instrumental in working with the Ganapati Kulam on transferring all of our books and resources into ePub formats. This is the first time we are meeting them in person.
Satya is a PhD in technology and a brilliant head of this small but innovative company. Yoginathaswami said: "He is one of the most intelligent, eloquent and ethical businessmen I've ever met."
We were introduced to his team of 25 youthful nerds, all amazingly focused. Satya has intentionally kept them close, in two rooms working side by side in a home, not a corporate office, so their culture would be that of a family.
He showed us an incredible tool they use for creating ePub files from PDFs, something they have cobbled together from various sources. It's a game-changer in the digital publishing industry and you will be hearing more and more about them in the future. I am under confidentiality vows to say no more!
That afternoon we met with Kulapati Ramesh Sivanathan and his family who are on a 21-day pilgrimage to all the major temples of South India and then spent a valuable hour with our respected Sabarathnam Sivacharyar, who guides us on all matters regarding Vedas, Agamas and vastu tradition.
We told Sivachariya about our cow article in the magazine and he offered to give relevant references from the Agamas which have much to say on the subject.
Key concepts: Naalupadasaivam: "A Saiva doctrine that the initiate should pass successively through charya, kriya, yoga and jnana stages and thence obtain moksha." The charya pada, the dasa marga, path of servitude. Sharing the world of God. The kriya pada, satputra marga, true son's way. Nearness to God. The yoga pada, sakha marga, way of the friend, experiencing inner light, sharing the superconscious mind. We talk to God. The jnana pada, san marga, sayujya patavi, union with God. There is no difference between Siva and the soul. God is our dearest Beloved. The three types of temples provide training and experience leading to worship and meditation in the Atma kovil.