It is an exciting day at the Ganapati Kulam Media Studio. After years of work by our editorial and design team, “The Guru Chronicles” officially closed yesterday and today Sivakatirswami and Senthilnathaswami are preparing the files for the press as we head into the pre-press and printing phase of this important new book.
Senthilnathaswami is proofing the hi-resolution PDF’s that are prepared to go to the printer.
Sivakatirswami is processing files for Senthilnathaswami to proof at our “Mushika Workstation” which is a fast desktop machine which is all set up to process files and send them off to Kentucky where the book will be printed.
Senthilnathaswami who is also on the editing team of the book with Acharya Kumarswami and headed by Paramacharya Sadasivanathswami, is not even trying to control his bliss. He says, “It’s almost surreal; I can barely believe it is actually happening. We are going to print this book, finally!”
Meanwhile, the printer has sent us a “dummy” bound book, to help us make sure our cover file template is precisely designed to fit the book. It is 832 pages on Orion 60 pound matte text stock. It weighs 1.94kg or 4 pounds 4.5 ounces without ink.
The book will be printed by Quad Graphics, (http://www.qg.com) America’s second largest and one of the world’s “greenest” printing companies.
The plant that will produce the book is in Versailles, Kentucky, and also does work for Rand McNally, Encyclopedia Britanica and Time Warner Books.
Sivakatirswami asks, “Do they call it a dummy because there are no words inside it? This book seems to be all about the clear white light.”
But it won’t be long before these pages will be filled and thrilled with the remarkable story of the Kailasa Guru Parampara, written in a contemporary engaging style. From fabulous tales of ancient times all the way through to the 21st century with much of the narrative in Gurudeva’s own words, it fires the heart and mind with spiritual aspiration and will carry the story and message of our Paramapara to the world and coming generations.
You won’t be able to put it down.
9 Responses to “The Guru Chronicles Goes Into Production!”
What a great thing it will be to learn more about our lineage. Thanks to all who took the large amount of time that was required to gather the stories and images. I almost wish there was also a documentary to explain the process of putting such a thing together. What a great treasure hunt. May this book soon become a classic. Aum Namasivaya
Congratulations! This book will serve as a guiding light and perhaps open doors to all those sincere seekers in the future who are looking for the most authentic path, as Hinduism Today (2002 April issue) did for us! Thank you Ganapati Kulam.
Thank you all for this magnificent, inspired work of art. I’m thrilled to know that some day soon I will have the privilege of embracing and reading this treasure.
Many Loving Prostrations To You All, Shanti
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.