My wife received a painted leaf in an ebay order, which is shown in the picture on the left. After some research I confirmed that this is a picture of Shiva and Parvati, and found that it is painted on a skeleton leaf from a sacred fig tree.
Many Hindus that to develop spirituality past a certain stage one needs a guru. They also say not to worry about not having one, when you are ready a guru will find you. Despite this I still used to worry about how in the UK I would find a guru. Well, I have not found one yet, but I no longer worry, and the fig leaf is part of the reason.
The fig leaf with the picture of Shiva, my ishta deva, is one of a number of events, where something has connected with me spiritually even when I am not actively looking. I deliberately alternate my reading of books on Hinduism with fiction books, to keep balanced. Many of the books, that I have read without knowing what they are about, have given me a spiritual message and increased my understanding. Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse caused me how to think on how unresolved karma between people has to be solved in a future life. Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchel let me feel what I understood, that what may seem to be cruel and pointless in the short term may be necessary over several life times.
These are just a couple of examples. In short, I feel that I am being guided. If ans when I need a guru one will find me, I am certain of that now.