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.
"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