Silpi Raman, a silpi from the first batch of workers who went to Kauai for jointing is still working efficiently with us. Here he is carving the Nandi Mandapam steps stone.
Totally we have seven steps that lead into the mandapam.
This is a rough sketch done by Selvanathan sthapati as part of the stage two of ornamentaion work to be done on the steps. Sthapati has finalized a yalli head design for the center motif and alangu flower motif for the top band of the Nandi Mandapam steps.
The half side sketch of the nasi head design.This will be flipped over to complete the nasi
The nasi after its composed on paper. This will be carved onto the steps.
The flower motif on the top band of the step. Our Nandi Mandapam is going to be one of the most exclusive pieces of art crafted in stone ever to be hand carve in this century !!
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