orthodox traditions of the land and bigotry of the priests together
with the dogmatic attitude of his-caste brahmins did not admit his
entry into the temple. Their rigidity closed the doors against his
face without remorse. But it did not dampen his spirits, nor robbed
him of his religiosity. He resorted to a novel practice of standing
on the balcony of the second floor of his bungalow, to offering
mental prayers to the deities with folded hands, facing the sanctum.
This he continued for long and it gratified his spiritual thirst.
was noticed by the temple authorities with amazement, and opened
their blinded eyes; for, the sight of an Englishman standing on the
balcony and lost in meditation, is something unique and exemplary.
They regretted, but not the adamantine, stubborn orthodox priests.
After due deliberations with the latter, they decided to make two
holes in the temple walls, beside the river Cauvery to
enable him to look into the sannidhis and worship the God and
Goddess standing from outside, boasting that it was a great
concession granted. Does not the omniscient Providence know whom to
lift and when ? And how to teach the perverted.