At the Aadheenam we have many beautiful pieces of art, including some exquisite images of the Gods. This is one of our favorites, an image of Dandayuthapani, the Deity of Palani Hills, dear to renunciates and all who are inspired to do yoga, tapas and self-purification.
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.