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.
"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