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: "The Difference in Practice of Theism and Monism" (September 3, 2014)
During a puja we're in Theism, to receive the blessings of the Deity. After a puja we can go within our self in meditation, giving up the idea of an external Deity, Monism. Monistic Theism: Advaita Ishvaravada. Advaita means the Monism; Ishvara means the Theism.
In Shum we use two words that relate to that: shumif and dimfi. First, perfect your Theism. Then become a monist. That's called Saiva Siddhanta; one leads to the other.