This little statue at the entrance of Christ meditation and with three heads, Hindu style, could represent the controversy in the 70's and 80's among Catholics about meditation and whether the ashram was really Catholic. It's deteriorated condition could represent how the dialogue is less important there today, although prayer life still draws from Hindu and Tamil literature and practices.
Fr. George, the prior, who had plenty of time to talk. Note the sign on his forehead, which we all affixed there after Mass as a sign of our eventual home in paradise.
Thirty of 1100 steps to the top of the temple....
Judy Comes in From Kenya, A Glimpse at Bede Griffiths
Judy had told me about traveling through India in 1975 on a mission of some sort for Griffiths. Travelers regularly slept in the train station between schedules and each morning in every one of them Indian classical music was played to wake people up. Those days are long, long gone.