Dear Child of Ramana,
They have fixed sharp red, tiles with protruding nail-like structures, so
that people who come after lunch/dinner or from urinals with wet washed
feet do not slip. In hot summer to cross these red tiles and reach Sri
Bhagavan's Samadhi Hall is itself a practice of putting up with pain
and burning sensation with forbearance. 'I am not the body, I am not
the body' it makes to tell this! Similarly, the pathway from the taps to
urinals is full of sand, with small bits of stones, and one should walk
in hot summer on this. This is also a good practice for forbearance.
I have seen all the regular inmates of the Asramam., the office staff,
book depot staff, kitchen staff, prohits -- walk barefoot. Sri Bhagavan
walked His 54 years of life in Arunachala barefoot. Even while climbing
the Hill or giripradkshina, He walked barefoot. Nochur Venkataraman
says it is 54 years of Rasa Leela of Sri Bhagavan with Arunachala.
Thorns, hot sand, stones, one can imagine the Hill terrain.