When Bodhinatha was in India in February, after the Indian Odyssey, he went to Pillaiyarpatti and met the great priest who runs the temple and padasala there, Pichai Gurukkal. He learned that Gurukkal is having his 60th birthday this year, and in Hinduism that is a key passage of life and is celebrated in a major way.
Bodhinatha wanted to give a special gift, so he asked Palaniswami to make arrangements. After discussions with Gurukkal’s followers, it was decided to commission a work of art as the gift. Since the Agamas are so central to the priest’s mission, we chose the story from the Agamas, the story of how these revealed scriptures came to Earth. Siva, the source of all knowledge, handed the Agamas to Sakti, shown here in the upper left panel. Sakti then presented the Agamas to Nandi, who in turn gave them over to the ancient rishis. Here the rishi hands the sacred texts to Pichai Gurukkal who at the bottom then shares them with humanity.
Bodhinatha is leaving for India in early December, and we hope he can hand the gift over in person. The canvas is 24″ by 36″ and though it was just painted last month, could be 500 years old in style.
7 Responses to “Amazing Painting for Pitchai Gurukkal”
VANAKKAM AIYA. MY NAME IS LOGANATHAN. I M FRM MALAYSIA. IS THERE ANY GURUKULAM FOR 8 YEARS OLD BOY IN YR GURUKULAM ASHRAM.
HE BORN 22/07/2006. I FEEL ONLY REGIOUS AND SPRITUAL TEACHING WILL GUIDE HIM AS A GOOD HUMAN. I DEEPLY SAD WITH THIS BOY CHARACTER.
MY HEART TOLD ME ONLY SPRITUALISM WILL HELP HIM. THANKS
"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta