Sevalaya staff and family went on a one day outing to Thiruvannamalai. The bus drive to the temple town was punctuated with songs and the children had a joyous time. The day had a dose of mountain climbing, visits to ‘ashrams’, picturesque settings, and to top it all a session with Swami Sirippananda (swami of laughter). The local guide informed the children about the sanctity of the place, and showed the places where Shri Ramana and his mother lived, as well as his cave where he meditated. The children meditated for a few minutes in the place. The weather was kind throughout the day. Lunch was delicious.
The icing on the cake was the session with Swami Sirippananda (Sampath) gave a few tips about life and laughter. The children had a great time and were rolling on the floor laughing and the elders too could not contain themselves. He mentioned that laughter therapy is as good as three days of restful sleep, prevent and cure various diseases, and result in longevity of life.