As a kid nearly 60 years back, Visalakshi Ammman Kovil (Temple) in Batlagundu (Vattlagundu), situated in Nilkottai Taluk of in Dindigul District in Tamilnadu, on the bank of HARIDHRA RIVER (MANJALARU - no idea if it exists today!) was the only place which I used to go regularly for prayers, not because I understood what a prayer is and the need for one; but that used to be the mandate those days for boys at the “Agraharam (an ungated community!)” from the family. Visalakshi Amman & Lord Visvesvarar are the principal deities and the temple included several Deities such as Ganesha, Subramanya, Chandikeshwarar, Dakṣiṇāmurty etc. For each of the Gods, we used to recite a specific Sloka and when it came to Dakṣiṇāmurty, we used to recite as a routine
Vazhga valamudan. Such an introspection is required at one point of time for any person for self realisation. Lead kindly 'Light'
This 'lost Patti' will be pleased to join you in your journey! Like yourself, I have just started on the path but for every step I take, I find helpful hints to take the next step from so many like you who have walked before me.
One small point : I too have recited 'Guru Sakshat Para Brahma' all my life. But recently, I heard a lecture by Vellukudi Krishnan swamigal who said that it should be 'param Brahma' so I have corrected myself.
நாராயணா நாராயணா நாராயணா.
காலை வணக்கம். Its nice to see you are not lost in wilderness of being what you are and what is you.