Sivakatirswami has begun work on typesetting Dancing with Siva in Tamil. This work has been on the shelf for years. Originally done by Pundit Mylvaganam in Sri Lanka the text was entered in a Tamil font that is no longer functional on our current platform. We also wanted to move forward to using unicode so that we can put our Tamil works on the internet with actual characters instead of images
Bodhinatha has been wanting to get this into the hands of the Tamil reading people for many years and now finally it is happening. As of 2009 Adobe's Indesign program which the monks use for publications, is now capable of handling Unicode.
Swami had previously converted the book to the Mylai-Sri font. With the help of the ever supportive collaborator Muthu Neduraman, one of the world's top Tamil language IT experts, (founder of Murasu Systems in Malaysia — see his company online: http://www.murasu.com/), we now have the book in unicode.
Just for this project Muthu wrote a C program to convert the book from Mylai to Unicode and also generated a Unicode compatible version of his lovely Anjal font. This is in Anjal Chittu Slant. Thank you Muthu!
So, look forward to more Tamil in the future and now, being unicode, after we put it on the web, you will be able cut and paste to email.
"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