It was the day when more than a hundred young boys came together at JIVA asram for the sacred thread ceremony, (the upanayanam) followed by panchasamskara – the initiation to Ashtakshari mantra. One of those young boys had a little baby sister (about an year old) who was sitting on her mother’s lap and wondering what was happening. As Swamiji was explaining the process and purpose of both these divine steps of a vedic path, the girl noticed Him. When she saw Him from close, she starred at the ‘red and white’ mark (the thilak or urdhva pundram, urdhva meaning upwards; pundram means mark) on His forehead. She seemed fascinated by it. She moved her head in the same direction as Swamiji moved, for close to 10 full minutes. She was also looking at her mother’s forehead to see if she has it too. Her mother has a sticker that is red in colour, but not as long as Swamiji’s, and there was no white mark around it.
Was she wondering what these meant? Did she like the colours? Did she like the shape? We don’t know exactly what went in her mind, but it was evident that she was captivated by it.