Master Course student, Thushyanthan Amritalingam from Calgary, works in IT but otherwise is a top-notch photographer. He also takes photos into Adobe Lightroom and retouches them. We could not resist sharing with you this amazing series. He has taken color photos and turned many of them into sepia or black and white images. The effect is amazing.
Here is Tiruvalluvar at the Banyan Mandapam display area.
Silpis at work.
Inside Iraivan temple.
We put up the whole collection as a slideshow, along with one of our favorite Natchintanai: Engal Gurunathan by Pon Sundaralingam.
Aum Namah Sivaya!
Absolutely beautiful pictures, I felt as If I were transported to Kauai Aadheenam.
Great Job Thushyanthan Amritalingam!Thank you!
also what a wonderful rendition of Engal Gurunathan…
By the way where can I find this version by Pon Sundaralingam?
I think that if these were to be made available as photographs, framed or not, in the store that they would sell like hotcakes. ESP the bleached out ones. I’d buy one in a heartbeat…ESP if I knew the profit was going into the building fund (hint, hint 🙂
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.