Yesterday the team completed the gilding of the Rajagopuram stone. Here Deva Rajan deftly fills open areas that are called "retreats" in the trade.
Did you know that all the gold ever taken from the Earth would make a cube 60 feet long, high and wide? Not all that much when you think of the thousands of years humans have been mining it.
The professional gilders' hands have done this a thousand times. They did the New York Life Insurance building, a Morman temple and a US Sikh temple, the Georgia State Capital, the Library of Congress and more. Now they can add America's only all-granite temple to their portfolio.
This team knows its gold. And they have told the swamis a dozen times how special this job is to them, and how honored they feel to be gilding such a sacred and artistic masterpiece. Jill documents the project for their website portfolio.
Jill is the best of the guilders, and a teacher in the bargain.
Jill is working with two brushes at the same time since the wind came up suddenly and the leaf was being lost. They hate to lose gold leaf, and carefully recycle all they can capture.
She is teaching Isani Alahan, Tandu Sivanathan and DevaRajan the craft.
Easani has a gift for fine work and patiently applies her concentration skills to Siva's Home.
Michael Kramer invented this roller applicator and had it made to his specifications, to make application on larger surfaces more efficient.
Check out our slideshow showing more of the gilding process along with Gurudeva's teachings on the Golden Body of the soul.
"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