Our master artist in Amsterdam has completed the third in our Sadasiva series and sent this scan to the monastery today. Here we have Siva in His aspect of Vamadeva. His element is water. His symbol is the lotus. His syllable from the great NAMASIVAYA mantram is MA. His power is preservation (represented here by the green flowing energies to the left and right of the pink lotus flower).
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.