Monday, 19 August 2013

A Magical Pull

Mt. Arunachala, Tiruvannamalai, South India
There are many routes to get to Tiruvannamalai, South India depending on where you start and just as many reasons for making the winding journey there. You may travel there to ease the turmoil in your heart or head, 'pull a geographic’ or to simply bask in the spiritual glow that seems to permeate the temple town tucked under the watchful shadow of Mt Arunachala. Yes, the reasons for being there are many and the results of the time spent there will vary. Some Westerners arrive and never leave. Others make a return trip every year to winter at one of the many ashrams that circle the base of Mt. Arunachala. They come to avoid the dullness and bitter cold of their home countries and slough off the trappings and worries that seem to come along with a busy, sedated life in the West.

The pull of Mt. Arunachala can be mysterious and life events play out as they may or perhaps as they were already karmically (cosmically?) predetermined. One can never really be certain of such things. When you find one day that you are a ticketed passenger on bus number 122 bound for Tiruvannamalai from the Koyambedu bus stand in Chennai passing Tindivanam, Gingee Fort, and the sugar cane processing factory just outside of Tiru-town, it means that you are on a journey to a place that may change the course of your life forever. Lucky you.