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Postcards from Tiru

Postby Vinay » Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:36 am

Happy New Year to everyone!

I'm having a great time in Tiru, and I thought I'd share some photos from Ted's satsang.

(Photo of Satsang)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7991131/satsang.jpg
Georg is here as well, and is the designated camera guy for the seminar. You can't see him in the photo.

(The Venue)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7991131/venue.jpg

(Arunachala from the Venue)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... achala.jpg

(The countryside from the Venue)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... 20side.jpg

(The main temple in Tiru, taken from Arunachala)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7991131/temple.jpg
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Re: Postcards from Tiru

Postby Mira » Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:30 am

Great pictures! Thanks for posting, Vinay. Keep 'em coming. Especially if you have any of the inside of the Temple. And we might need a selfie of you, George and Ted ;).
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Re: Postcards from Tiru

Postby Stan » Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:04 pm

Happy new year Vinay ! Thanks for the fotos....really enjoyed them.

More pics would definitelly be great. As Mira said, that selfie and more would be
a special treat. Glad you`re having such a good time !
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Re: Postcards from Tiru

Postby Vinay » Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:43 am

Some more photos!

Houses in Tiru are very colorful. Someone remarked that they look like cakes.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... ouse_1.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... ouse_2.jpg

Could not get many photos of the temple. Taking photos inside the inner temple is not allowed. I was taking photos surreptitiously until a priest spotted me and shouted at me :) There is reconstruction work going on in the temple and so there are lot of scaffoldings.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... mple_1.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... mple_2.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... mple_3.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... mple_4.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... mple_5.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... mple_6.jpg

Ramana Ashram Photos
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... hram_1.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... hram_2.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... hram_3.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... hram_4.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/799 ... hram_5.jpg

And finally the selfie. Figure out for yourself who is who :D Georg has a clean forehead in this photo, otherwise he is normally running out of space on his forehead to put the different kinds of Tilaks :D
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7991131/selfie.jpg

PS: Georg sends his greetings as well
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Re: Postcards from Tiru

Postby Mira » Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:23 pm

Thanks for these wonderful photos. They are a treat for those of us not in Tiru.
The temple is stunning (sorry about getting you in trouble with the priest :)). And who knew that Ramana Ashram was like a temple itself!

But my absolute favorite is the selfie of the three Vedantins. The self is shining through radiantly in that photo. Thank you so much for sending that.

Would love to see any more photos if you are able to post, otherwise, I hope everyone has a wonderful remainder of their time in Tiru.

Georg, will you go to Rishikesh? If so, it would be great if you could post some photos from there too.

Safe travels, everyone.
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Re: Postcards from Tiru

Postby Mira » Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:07 pm

Hi Vinay,
Do you know who the group of women wearing red saris are in the temple photos? Just curious if they are performing a special service.
Thanks!
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Re: Postcards from Tiru

Postby Vinay » Wed Jan 13, 2016 4:09 am

Hi Mira,

The women wearing red saris are not doing any special service. They are pilgrims to another temple who are just stopping by in Tiru. It is a custom for the pilgrims to that temple to wear red colored clothes.

I will post more photos if I can.

Also from tomorrow (Jan 14th), the Tamil festival of Pongal is starting here.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_Pongal
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Re: Postcards from Tiru

Postby Stan » Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:52 am

Hi Vinay ! I`ve not been looking at my computer screen for a few days due to an eye infection and have now got round to viewing your latest fotos.
What a feast for the eyes they are ! Thank you so much for taking the time in posting them and their descriptions. it`s much appreciated.

I really enjoyed all of the fotos. That main temple...what a complex it is ! and the Ramana ashram ...so much quieter in ambience. I`ve never been to India..yet.. and the views seem as though from another world and yet, somehow very familiar. something just stirs the heart when I view these fotos. :-)

I enjoyed seeing the satsang room with all the folks there looking as if they were waiting for the next satsang to start. The facilities look pretty good...a lot better than what Ramji had to manage with in the earlier days in Tiru. I don`t suppose you`ve got aircon in that room have you ? that would be great.

Like Mira, I really liked that foto of you, Georg and Ted together. That was such a joy ! Best wishes to you all.

I would lastly like to say how wonderful it is that Ted is taking the satsang this time. The torch of the sampradaya has been well and truly passed on ! A heartfelt thank you to Ted. How wonderful this is I just can`t say. i`m going to have to stop here before the bhakti does me in. Ha ha .... :-)
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Re: Postcards from Tiru

Postby Vinay » Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:44 pm

Hi Stan,

Since you and Mira loved the photos of Tiru so much, maybe both of you should start planning for the Tiru 2017 trip already :D Would love to meet you guys.

The facilities look pretty good...a lot better than what Ramji had to manage with in the earlier days in Tiru. I don`t suppose you`ve got aircon in that room have you ? that would be great.


This is the same venue which Ramji has been using since 2013. There is no aircon, but it's on the rooftop and there are open windows on both sides of the room, and climate in Jan is pleasant, so it's a good place to have the seminar.

I would lastly like to say how wonderful it is that Ted is taking the satsang this time. The torch of the sampradaya has been well and truly passed on ! A heartfelt thank you to Ted. How wonderful this is I just can`t say.


Yes, it's great that even if Ramji can't come then someone like Ted can come and take the classes so wonderfully. There are very few western teachers teaching a pure form of Vedanta. Hopefully more ShiningWorld teachers would graduate from e-satsangs to live satsangs.

~

I leave you with these photos of Kolams taken during Pongal.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7991131/kolam_1.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7991131/kolam_2.jpg

Every morning Tamil women draw a Kolam in front of their house. During Pongal, the Kolams are bigger and more colorful.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolam

~

Mira,

Georg is not going to Rishikesh. He is going back directly to Germany from Tiru.
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Re: Postcards from Tiru

Postby Mira » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:47 pm

Hi Vinay,
Thanks for the pictures and your invitation. I would love to come to Tiru, of course, and meet you all. But three weeks is a lot of time away since I have a young daughter. Maybe when she is older :). As Ramji would say, dharma first and enlightenment second!

Thanks for the wonderful pictures of the kolams. I hope you enjoyed Pongal. It was so interesting to hear about the pilgrims in their beautiful red sarees. I love the thought of doing a pilgrimage. Have you ever done one? Lately in the summers, I've been doing some very long runs/hikes in the high mountains---which often feel like I'm on a pilgrimage. Although there are no temples or deities, the mountain passes feel like shrines and the peaks are evocative of the divine. But I've never actually done an authentic pilgrimage. It would be the ultimate bhakti trek :) .

I also wanted to say that I was struck by how young you (and Georg) are! It's so wonderful that you have found Vedanta at a young age.

Like Stan, I think it's so wonderful that Ted made the time and effort to come all the way to Tiru to teach the Gita for three entire weeks. Even though I am not there, I feel so grateful to him that he did that. I feel such immense gratitude to SW and everyone associated with it.

My hope is someday to be able to go to a weekend or summer seminar that Ramji and/or Ted do in western US. It would be great to hear Vedanta live!

Enjoy your last week in Tiru. How long is the seminar each day? What I love about the Gita is that it is so relevant to everyday samsaric life. There is absolutely no escapism in there. So it should be easy enough to transition back to your worldly existence after Tiru!

Hope you all have a wonderful remainder of your time in Tiru. And please send more pictures, selfies, etc.. if you are able to.

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Re: Postcards from Tiru

Postby georgschiller » Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:37 am

HI Mira,

you can take your daughter with you! There are lots of Western children with their families in Thiru in January. :D

Yes, Vinay and me were among the youngest of the group.

Yes, I definitely recommend the seminar. One month of Vedanta in Thiruvannamalai can do extraordinary things (of course in Maya there are only extraordinary things and at the same time none at all -> it is a word play! :)

Anyways, life is good! What is more to say? :D
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Re: Postcards from Tiru

Postby Vinay » Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:44 am

Hi Mira,

As Georg said you can bring your daughter with you. One month of focused Vedanta, in Tiru or anywhere in the world, really helps your spiritual practice. By the end of the year my spiritual practice is usually waning, so one month in Tiru at the start of the year gives me the impetus for the entire year.

Had Ted not come to Tiru then I would've probably gone to the Dayananda Ashram Camp in Feb-March.

I love the thought of doing a pilgrimage. Have you ever done one?


No, I haven't. I need to work on my Bhakti :) I however do want to visit some important religious destinations in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh also is in Uttarakhand. I love that state.

http://www.euttaranchal.com/tourism/pil ... akhand.php

How long is the seminar each day?


The seminar was held twice a day. From 9:30 to 12 in the morning and then 2:00 to 4:30 PM.
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Re: Postcards from Tiru

Postby Mira » Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:30 pm

Welcome back, Vinay and Georg!

Yes, excellent idea to bring my daughter along (although time off school could be a samsaric hassle).

Thanks for the link to Uttarkhand. I looked it up on Wikipedia and it is sometimes called Devbhumi (literally "Land of the Gods"). How cool is that! We could all plan to go on a pilgrimage there sometime :D.
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