My previous house was located near a buddhist temple which I have never visited, even though I lived in the neighbourhood for the last 18 years. We would drive past the temple from a flyover which was just next to it. The temple has a beautiful golden stupa. No drivers or passengers could ever miss it. It is especially mesmerising when it lights up against the night. My father would always show his respects whenever he drove past. This gesture caught my eye in recent years and I would do the same whenever I went past it. I have the privilege of being a passenger all the time!
And one day in 2009, the stupa responded. As usual, I would look up and admire the stupa. This time, I saw a huge Buddha statue instead of the stupa. It was a really beautiful and magnificent sight. Buddha was radiating so much golden light. It was really huge and was about three-storey high. He was in a seated position in his orange robe and was smiling. He seemed to say "Hello". My thoughts began to wander as I did not recall the temple building the statue. When I looked at it again, the statue was no longer there. Then I realised I just saw Buddha! It lasted only three seconds but that was the most spectacular moment for me. I was so happy that Buddha came by so close to say "Hello". I have not researched what this meant and most probably would never too. But I continue to reminisce the sight and thank the blessings sent my way. May you affirm his blessings and his existence after reading this.
Up to this day, I have yet to visit the temple. Maybe I should one day. As I live by the notion that temples live in my heart and not in form, I may have visited it in my heart. Likewise, you could enter and visit any temples in your heart any time. Sacredness transcends space and time.
In violet love and joy,