We have known Arthur Brownstein and his wife Nutan for decades. Nutan’s father is the famed Indra Sharma who has since gone to Siva’s Feet, but had done many paintings for the Aadheenam years ago, including marvelous portraits of Gurudeva and Yogaswami.
Indra’s son, Chandra Sharma and his daughter, Veena, Nutan’s sister here behind the painting, are also artists. Chandra Sharma’s is considered one of India’s top contemporary artists.
This painting of Sadasiva was commissioned to be used for a future cover of Hinduism Today. Chandra Sharma kindly did the work for free as a contribution to the cause.
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness