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).
Lord Siva is the Supreme Being of the universe, not one of many gods. To Saivites Siva is the supreme being; to Vaishnavites Vishnu is the supreme being. The soul starts with experiencing the world. On one side the soul is pulled by veiling grace toward the world. On the inside the soul is pulled by revealing grace toward God. Resolving karma, maturing in the world, fulfilling dharma, we move toward imperturbability, realization, moksha.