Gurudeva went to a photo studio in Malaysia in 1981 to take some shots that would one day become classic.
We were looking at the high-res version of the photo recently and imagined that some people would love to have a close-up of Gurudeva's blissful expression and samadhi eyes. Click here or on the photo to download it.
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He had the most perfect figure, because he was a god in human form. He was the embodiment of Shiva. Once a while he descends on this earth to help in our human evolution. Those who have seen him have indeed seen shiva.
"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