Who is an Adult, who's an Elder?

Today Gurudeva answers two questions from Sudir in Memphis Tennessee. First he asks why we would touch an elder's feet when the feet represent the chakras of lower consciousness. Gurudeva explains that one would not want to touch the feet of someone functioning in those states of consciousness, but that we touch the feet of those who have closed off those areas within themselves. Then Gurudeva responds to the practice in the Asian community of considering someone a child until age 30. Gurudeva's advice is strong and clear to the youth out thereat 17 you are a young adult and at 21 you are a full-fledged adult. Stand on your own two feet.

Photo of  Gurudeva
Once a profound relationship is developed with Lord Muruga, then with the guru's permission and guidance, true yoga may commence. Otherwise, no matter how long one sits in meditation, no matter how hard one tries, it is just sitting, it is just trying.
—Gurudeva