We offer today some wonderful art that was sent to Palaniswami from India, along with creation verses from the holy Tirumantiram. It is a series of depictions of Siva from the ancient scriptures.
The artist, Mr. Sinha, does work for our publications now and then.
2649: Gurus Have Reached Siva’s Feet
Smoke and sound
Oblations and sacrificial offering
In worship spread;
“All these are for my Lord;”
The Gurus who thus meditate,
Who have monasteries founded,
Have verily reached Feet of Lord.
2650: The Lord is in the Body
No habitation the Lord has
But the body-house of Jiva;
Or has the Lord any other home?
Let them find out;
Even after having found out
That Jiva’s body is Siva’s home
They say, “He, our Siva, is outside.”
2994: He Hides in the Heart
The Bounteous Lord,
The Monarch of Heavenly Kingdom
The Lord of matted locks,
That carried Ganga waters flowing,
The Primal One of Vedas,
Lest them devoid of faith see Him,
He hides in the heart within.
3006: Lord Siva Seeks Those Who Seek Him
Great is He, rising above macrocosm vast,
Subtle is He, within the fleshly body to births an heir,
As His devotees see the vision of His Holy Feet,
And walk toward Him,
He goes seeking them,
On their way.
2653: Lord is in the Guru’s Monastery
The Guru-face is our Lord’s pedestal
The monastery is our Lord’s Holy Land;
The Holy Assembly of blemishless vision
Is Lord’s abode;
The heart that performs the sixteen worships inside
Is the Lord’s sacred throne;
3008: He Protects All
Through successive aeons several,
He stood as Paraparan Supreme;
All worlds He stood protecting
And this world too, as Paraparan Supreme;
This they know not;
He stood pervading the Jivas, too,
Immanent in them and transcending them.
3021: Lord is Benevolent Like Rain
Here He is, there He is, everywhere He is,
In all worlds He is, the Holy Lord;
In darkness He is, Light He is;
In sun He is, in moon He is, everywhere He is;
Benevolent is Lord,
Unto the rain that falls.
3023: Siva’s Supreme Might
By His Might He supports worlds seven,
By His Might He is sublter than atom,
By His Might He surpasses
The eight mountain ranges in directions eight,
By His Might, oceans roar.
3034: Lord Siva Pervades All Worlds Alike
He is of the rich matted locks,
He is of hue golden,
Unattached He is,
Yet immanent in all He is,
He is omnipresent, birthless, the Holy God,
Unintermittent He stands,
3045: Our Dear Siva is Deathless
Water, earth, sky, fire and wind,
The spark of light within the body, -All these He is;
He is Paraparam, He is Siva, Our Lord,
He is the walking Jiva here below,
Deathless He is,
In all worlds seven.
"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