Who teaches the fish to swim? How does the bird learn to fly? Look at the mother who demonstrates to them how to catch the prey.The human beings have the advantage of learning from others.Some people follow the rolemodel of their choice and some others set their own standards.In any case,an inspiration is required to shape one's course of actions.
Let me introduce a person whom I have never met and not even spoke to her over phone. I merely came to know about her while going through the mails in a yahoo group. In that mail,she corrected the mistake of a person who gave the name of a district in Tamil nadu incorrectly.She had attached a google map to locate the place for better understanding. Later,she sent me a breath taking photograph of a dwarapalaka ,taken at Gangaikondacholapuram.When I wrote a blog on the dilapidated temple at Kollumangudi,near Mayiladuthrai,she readily came forward to help rebuilding of this ancient shrine.All I understand from her mails is that she had visited many historic temples of Tamilnadu and acquired lot of information on temple architecture. Her name is Katherine (Nationality not known)whom I introduce to the readers with pleasure with the strong feeling that she will become an inspiration for many of us who have not turned towards the glorious temples built by our ancestors.
During my visit to Sirugudi,some 30 km off Mayiladuthurai,I met two ladies who came from U.S. Surprisingly,they handed over a palm leaf manuscript to the priest and asked him to keep it at the feet of the main deity and conduct archana in their names.I was stunned when I came to know that these foreigners had Indian names and gave their nakshatra(Star) for performing the archana.During my interaction with them they disclosed that the manuscript was the gateway to know about their previous birth. The palmleaf had indicated that they had an association with this place in their previous birth.
Similarly,my friend's brother who lives abroad (whom I have not met so far) came forward to help for the noble cause of renovating the dilapidated temples.
I sincerely hope and pray that these examples would bring more awareness and inspiration for many people.
Creating interest is of prime importance in our agenda before expanding our horizon.
Let us be inspired and ready to keep our eyes and ears open to grab good thoughts.
(To be continued)