For one of this years jayanti gifts, the monks hired our island’s award-winning tattoo artist and oil painter, Jarod Powell, to paint a portrait of Satguru Bodhinatha. Jarod is the owner of Farsyde Tattoo Parlor in Koloa, Kauai, and regularly does professional photography for the local department of tourism by shooting beautiful island spots for brochures. You can find his main body of work at Farsyde Tattoo.
The monastery knows Jarod quite well as he has photographed Iraivan Temple. Before doing the secret painting, he requested to learn as much as he could about Bodhinatha so he would understand how the portray him on canvas. The monks gave Jarod a digital photo of Satguru and the painting was finished after roughly 30 hours of work. This is Jarod’s first canvas portrait but he has done many on skin with his tattoo work.
We were surprised and delighted to see the unusual style of creating a rain effect in the painting, with Satguru being the only object left untouched. Jarod felt that satguru’s face should hold the most prominence and that while the wet world around him changes, the guru remains perfectly poised and clear. Jarod is not your average artist and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
For a full size download of the painting, please click HERE and save from your browser.
Some highlights of the final day. October 28th.
A devotee was reflecting in the days moving toward Mahasamadhi this year, reflecting on Gurudeva's words that he had only one power, the ability to transform lives. If a shishya needed one siddi in her satguru, that would be it. Thinking thus, she penned this little ode to Gurudeva:
Only someone as true as Gurudeva could be so humble and silent about something so massive …
What a lesson in
standing in truth
irrespective of what others are doing
resisting the temptation to flaunt
responding only to love
How much have I
to learn from you,
of you …
I rejoice and bask
in the joy
of having my breath touched
by one as rare as you!
What could I do without you?!!
Infinite love and eternal gratitude
Aum Namah Sivaya!.
The new book, Path to Siva, speaks to key questions about Saivism and Hinduism in general. Chapter Six answers the question: "Is Hinduism a Religion or a Way of Life." Don't miss Bodhinatha's upadesha on this!
"Hinduism Is Both a Religion and a Way of Life" (October 25,2016)
"What is Hinduism -- Key Features" (October 18,2016) Our new book for youth, The Path to Siva, is going to be very popular. It is on the press now in Malaysia and the ebook versions will be coming soon. It contains 68 key questions and answers for young Saivite Hindus. Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on it's contents. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom. Path to Siva, Chapter 5, What is Hinduism?
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