The Ganapati Kulam is hard at work on the Kailasa Parampara biography. Now that we are nearing the end of the writing and editing process, the artwork for the book is coming into focus. Today, Senthilnathaswami is scanning all of the original watercolors that renowned artist S. Rajam painted for the book in 2002-2003.
This piece depicts Maharishi Nandinatha and his seven disciples, with Tirumular kneeling at his side and God Siva looking on.
Our new, top-of-the-line Epson scanner does a great job of capturing the fine details, and a new tool in Photoshop completely automates merging pieces that are too large for the scanbed and have to be scanned in more than one piece.
This beautiful piece shows Yogaswami in his hut in Columbuthurai on the Jaffna peninsula. As he often did, here he sings Natchintanai with devotees, cultivating the blessings of God Siva.
Unless kundalini is active, the deepest meditative states are not available to us. But to activate kundalini, Gurudeva tells us we must invoke the grace of Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan. "Yoga is internalized worship which leads to union with God." Experience the inside of you in a profound way. This requires dispassion. The popular term "kriya yoga" usual refers to a form of pranayama, but the original kriya yoga is defined by Sage Patanajli as the practice of three of the niyamas: tapas, svadhyaya and Isvarapranidhana. To achieve samadhi we practice yoga, steady restraint of mental activities, austerity, meditation, detachment, self study and worship of God. Communion with the Ishta Devata, the chosen God is a key and also Gurudeva tells us: the Deity chooses you.
Master Course, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 39
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 5
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras