Jul 18, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
Here is my painting of Lord Karpagavinayaka of Pillayaarpatti...
He is fondly known as Pillayaarpatti pillayar.
This is an offbeat and contemporary painting in Tanjore style....
Pillaiyarpatti is located near Thiruppathur, Sivagangai District of Tamil Nadu. It is situated between Kundrakkudi and Tiruppatthur. Pilliyarpatti is 12 Kilometers away from Thiruppatthur and 3 kilometers from Kundrakkudi. Pillaiyarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar is carved out in a cave of Pillaiyarpatti Hillocks. Lord Vinayagar is carved out from the rock of the cave. Lord Thiruveesar is also carved in the rock of this cave. The temple was built under patronisation of Pandyas. The age of the cave temple is 2500 years or more. There are 14 stone Sculptures in the cave ( dated from 500 BC to 1284 AD ). These stone Sculptures state the ancient names of Pillaiyarpatti such as Ekkattoor, Thiruveenkaikkudi, Maruthangudi, and Rajanarayanapuram.
Pillaiyarpatti temple is a rock-cut temple located in Thiruppatthur, Sivagangai District. It was built after viewing a hillock by the early Pandiya kings. The image of Pillaiyarpatti Pillaiyar and that of a Siva Lingam were carved out of a stone by a sculptor named Ekkattur Koon Peruparanan who put his signature on a stone inscription, in Tamil Language used between the 2nd and 5th century AD, found even today in the sanctum. It can be concluded that the icon of Pillaiyarpatti Pillaiyar must have been carved around 4th century AD.
Pillaiyar (Vinayagar), the God of Victory is the main deity here in the name, Pillaiyarpatti Pillaiyar.
This temple is the only one in Tamil Nadu which contains a 6 feet rock-cut Pillaiyar idol. The Thumbikai of Lord Pillaiyar is curled towards his right side and so the God is also known as Valampuri Pillaiyar. The chettiyar (nagarathar) community has kept the temple clean. Chettiars are the only community whose subcastes are divided based on Sivan Temples. e.g. subcastes like Pillayarpatti, Elayatrankudi and etc.
- Vinayagar’s trunk is curved at the right side (Valampuri Vinayagar) which is also a unique feature. Lord Karpaga Vinayagar is seated facing northern side.
- There are deities in this temple such as goddess Karthiyayini (who arranges marriages), Nagalingam (who gifts offspring), Pasupatheeswarar (who showers all wealth).
- Vinayagar Chathurthi is this temple's most important festival. It is 10 days long. Kappaukkattutual and hoisting temple flag begin before 9 days. On the 9th day car festival and much celebrated decoration of sandal covering ( Santha-na-kkappu) to Pillaiyar takes place.
- Devotees who observe Chathurthi Fast for a year come to Pillaiyarpatti on Avani Sukkilaptcha Chathurthi day (Festival) and fulfills it. They observe fast on Chathurthi day in front of vinayagar sannaidhi and take part in “ KumbaJebam” and receive holy water.
There is a one Pilliyar painting, in which Pillayar's eyes will look at us wherever we stand.
Jul 8, 2014
I have tried to capture a village in my 3-D mural...
A beautiful village...
complete with a hut with a pretty kolam at it's doorstep...
A Ganesha under a tree...flanked by Nagars on his sides...
the scorching sun on an Indian summer day...
and a bullock cart laden with hay
going to the nearest farm...
I have used a plywood for the base and worked with
glue and ceramic powder to give the raised effect
and finally gave the dried piece a metallic finish....
Jul 7, 2014
Here is a traditional Kerala Mural
in which Lord Hanuman/Anjaneya/Hanumar/Maruthi
is depicted in a serene pose of meditation ....
Seated in a calm banana grove,
He chants the name of his Lord, Shri Ram...
"Sri Ram ...Jayaram...Jayajaya Ram...."
Anjana nandanam Veeram janaki soka nasanam,
Kapeesa Maksha hantharam, Vande lanka bhayangaram.
Salutations to the terror of Lanka,
Who is the heroic son of Anjana,
Who brought to an end, all sorrows of Sitha,
Who is the king of monkeys ,
Who killed Aksha the son of Ravana.
Mano javam, maruda thulya vegam,
Jithendriyam buddhi matham varishtam,
Vatha atmajam vanara yudha mukhyam,
Sree Rama dootham sirasa namami.
I bow my head and salute the emissary of Rama,
Who has won over his mind,
Who has similar speed as wind,
Who has mastery over his organs,
Who is the greatest among knowledgeable,
Who is the son of God of wind,
And who is the chief in the army of monkeys.
Aanjaneya madhi patalananam,
Kanchanadri kamaneeya vigraham,
Parijatha tharu moola vasinam,
Bhavayami bhava mana nandanam.
I bow before the darling son of the god of wind,
Who is the son of Anjana,
Who is great among killers of ogres,
Who is like a golden mountain,
Who is handsome to look at,
And who lives near the roots of Parijatha tree,
Yatra yatra Raghu nada keerthanam,
Thathra thathra krudha masthakanjalim,
Bhashpa vari pari poorna lochanam,
Maruthim namatha Rakashasanthakam.
I pray and salute the son of wind god,
Who brought to end the rakshasas,
Who is always present with eye full of tears,
With head bowed in veneration,
Wherever the praise of Lord Rama is sung.
Budhir balam yaso dhairyam nirbhayathwam arokadha,
Ajadyam vak paduthwancha hanumath smaranath bhaveth.
He who meditates on Lord Hanuman,
Would be blessed with knowledge, strength,
Fame, courage, fearlessness, health,
Tirelessness and mastery over words,
Jul 1, 2014
Motivation: 21 Words That Can Change Your Life and 3 That Will Surprise You
Motivation is life changing. Your life is changing every day. It is either changing for the better or it is slowly changing for the worse. Motivation is derived from the verb “motivate,” which means “move.” Motivation is the burning desire that compels you to take action. It is a so deeply intertwined with what you believe to be true and right in life that it moves you from a simple desire to a moment of decision. Have you ever watched a working dog? There only motivation is you.
What is your motivation?
In 2006 I wrote, “Change happens in an instant. It happens the moment you decide to change.”
You are going to be different tomorrow. Stop feeling stuck. When you decide to be different you will find motivation seeping into to thoughts and into your actions. Motivation causes you to take action, it becomes an inner drive fueling you forward.
We all believe something. When was the last time you asked yourself, “What do I believe?” What role does faith play in my life? Why was I placed on this earth? What is my purpose in life?”
Remembering that motivation is a verb meaning to “move” or take “action”. Family, friends, co-workers and the people all around us are key motivators for how we act. Surround yourself with great people and you will surround yourself with great motivation.
It should be no surprise that goals motivate us and inspire us. The most powerful goals are self-directed goals. Self-directed internal goals. They include understanding your priorities and purpose in life, knowing what you believe to be most important and using those goals as a daily guide for how you will choose to live your life.
Choosing to learn something new every day will give you a reason to grown and change. This could be something as simple as driving to work via a different route or signing up for guitar lessons.
Challenges are frequently seen as some sort of contest like the final four during March Madness. Challenges draw out the best in us. A simple challenge might be to decide to go to bed fifteen minutes earlier for thirty days to see if it improved your daily productivity.
Truth does not waver. Something either is true or it is not. Truth provides a firm foundation to stand on. Truth strengthens, encourages, and will guide you correctly.
You’ve met them. Those rare individuals who are determined to continue regardless of how difficult the circumstances. Determination literally means you are willing to put a “stake” in the ground. It is not a casual choice. There are very few things humans will determine to mark as permanent placeholders for their beliefs.
Laughter heals the soul. Why is it that children laugh hundreds of times a day and adults laugh only _____ times. Laughter occurs when something unexpected happens that causes your brain to emit a signal to your lungs to expel short burst of air causing you to make audible noises that are a signal of joy all across the world.
Perseverance reminds me of a road or a bridge – a specific course or path we all walk down. When you feel hopeless and lost, that is when perseverance counts the most. Perseverance is consciously choosing to stay on your path even in the midst of incredible difficulties.
Having a sense of control or autonomy over your time and your actions is a powerful motivator. Freedom liberates you to dream and imagine and create. Freedom of stress is one of the most sought after psychological goals.
Tenacity is a word originating with the meaning of adhesiveness. There are frequent times you will find you need to “stick together”. Tenacity never gives up. It never lets go. Willpower lives in the core of your being. Willpower moves you, motivates you and causes you to take action for good or for bad. This inner drive is the control center for many of the decisions you will choose to make moment to moment.
Faithfulness is a rare quality in today’s world. It is choosing to remain reliable, trusted and constant. It carries a sense of attachment and devotion to people, causes, organizations and beliefs. Faithfulness is a foundational motivator.
This word literally means to have the ability to endure suffering over long periods of time. Grit is stone broken down, but it is still stone. It speaks to the indomitable toughness it can take to push through life’s most difficult trials. Endurance when accepted can build character, patience, wisdom, empathy and compassion.
Novelty is also one of the most unexpected motivators. When you experience something for the very first time or you see something you have never seen before you may find yourself swept away with emotion. The birth of a child. An unexpected gift. A surprise ending to a difficult moment in life.
Life is full of heartache and indescribable pain. War, illness, death, divorce, financial problems, and injustice. Tragedy regardless of the pain is full of opportunities to learn and grow and find renewal and hope. Tragedy shows you are never alone.
Any gap in understanding will motivate you to want to fill that knowledge gap. If you want to know more about leadership – read books by great leaders. To learn how to train a dog – hire a dog trainer and take lessons. The incremental acquirement of new knowledge becomes a self-motivating driver.
The act of looking forward to something important happening in your life. When you are just given a glimpse of a future success or opportunity the anticipation releases an incredibly powerful chemical called dopamine into your system. Everything you have ever wanted in your life you were first motivated to strive for attaining it because you anticipated the feeling of importance it would mean to you. Dopamine is the brain chemical of anticipation.
Lt. Col. (retired) Dave Grossman shared a single quote of where the bravery of being an Army Ranger came from for him. He said, “Courage is just being willing to take one more step.” Sometimes the only motivation you need is to take just one more step.
When used as a noun hope only a feeling, but when used as a verb hope becomes the focal point of your motivation. Sometimes in life all you have is hope. And, in those moments hope will be more than enough.
Time is not merely a framework for how the minutes, hours and days pass by – each day is like having a blank canvas sitting in an art room filled with unlimited options. Improving your motivation through improving your time management will require you to reduce the number of choices you have to let into your life. You will find simplicity and peace in narrowing your focus and increasing your energy and attention only on accomplishing the tasks that bring motivation and meaning in your life.
The foundation of life is love.. There is no way to create a life of meaning without love. There is no motivation, no reason to move or change or engage in life without love. The foundation of motivation is love.
And, Three That Might Surprise You
The prefrontal cortex is the thinking part of the brain. This is where life happens! In this space just behind your forehead, ideas are created, thoughts are pondered, imagination grows (or dies), judgments are made. This part of the brain is highly specialized in humans; this is where you define meaning, plan for the future, and imagine. Your values, priorities, purpose, goals, drive, learning, love, and hope all live here. Motivation is a decision.
You experience the depths of motivation when your attention focused so intently on completing a task or a project or a hobby that challenges you to such a point that time stands still. When you are in that moment – swept away from stress and worry – concentrating with full attention – you don’t need motivation – you are experiencing motivitation. At that moment you are motivated. You are in the process of taking action. And, in those amazing moments you realize the life-changing power of motivation. You understand the difference between existing and thriving. And, in that moment – life oozes out of you. And, motivation is contagious.
Your personal time management skills affect the levels of motivation you experience in life. Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter is a sports psychology expert and coach to Olympic athletes, as well as being a world-class athlete in her own right. She says, “It starts with a dream; motivation comes from within. It has to be an inner desire, an inner fire, a willingness to achieve something you are passionate about.”
Far too many people only focus on the hard parts of life that motivation can guide us through. By improving your time management you can create daily blocks of time to focus your time and attention on the part’s of life that motivate you
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Somethings stand the test of time....
This Ganesha painted on a mat
is one such things...
Would you believe it,if I tell you
He is nearly forty years old !
Yes ! This painting was done by me
when I was still in school!
in the early seventies...
It had decorated many walls
He moved houses along with me many a times...
It has been quite some years since
He has been neatly rolled up and sent to the loft...
and in spite of decluttering my house periodically
I never had the heart to see Him off....
Maybe,because I felt
it was wit Him ,I made my foray into creativity
in which He helps me till date...
I know ,this is just a traced outline on a mat
dutifully filled with the various color paints
available in my box...But still,
He is someone Special to me!