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Nature’s Cathedral

During one of Gurumayi’s teaching visits to Mexico, the Mexican devotees invited Gurumayi to visit the ancient Aztec pilgrimage site of Tepozteco near Cuernavaca. The temple at Tepozteco sits on a plateau on the side of a mountain and can only be reached by climbing a very steep and narrow path through the forest.

Many devotees had gone ahead of Gurumayi to welcome her when she arrived at the temple. As Gurumayi climbed the path to the top she could see their faces in the distance, peering over the edge of the cliff, watching her climb. Gurumayi started singing up to them, Om Namah Shivaya. The devotees joyfully responded, Om Namah Shivaya. Hearing the sound of the mantra, devotees on the path ahead of Gurumayi began writing Om Namah Shivaya on small slips of paper and placing them like leaves on the trees, for Gurumayi and the other climbers to find.

Soon the call and response of Om Namah Shivaya was echoing up and down the mountainside from Guru to disciple, a glorious chant filling the air in nature’s green cathedral.

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