Nigel Siva of Maryland responded to a call for some black and white illustrations of Gurudeva's lineage and life, and selflessly took two days off from his work to draw the next few works.
This is Lord Murugan thrusting His Vel three times forcefully on the steps in 1973 to show Gurudeva where the Nataraja Deity should be placed.
Lord Siva sitting on the Swayambhulingam in Gurudeva's 1975 vision.
This art honors Shum, the language of meditation, with the word Simshumbe, the power of the spine. Below Nigel illustrates a few of the books Gurudeva gave to the world and the magazine he founded, Hinduism Today.
Iraivan Temple and the Crystal Sivalingam, complete with the five-headed Naga. The peedam, base, is just today being assembled in India to be shipped to Kauai in the months ahead. It weights some 10,000 pounds!
A smiling Siva, as seen in Gurudeva's vision.
Here, Nigel assembles the six images into a one collage…
A hand-made special wooden joint crafted in redwood by the monks. It's part of a special interactive art wall that will greet pilgrims coming for the Mahasamadhi observances in a few days. Black and white line art, including some of the above pieces, will be displayed on this.
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.