Posted by: satramana | March 19, 2012

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part I)

Om Namah Sivaya!

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya!


Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part II)

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part III)

Dear Devotees of the Sanatana Dharma and Advaita Vedanta,

Lord Siva and Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi have endowed immense blessings upon us in giving a place in Santa Cruz, California for the proliferation of the Sanatana Dharma and Advaita Vedanta. The SAT Temple opened its doors in 1989 for the sole purpose of providing an atmosphere where devotees may listen to Sri Ramana’s teaching of Self-Inquiry, reflect and meditate upon it, and directly experience the Eternal Truth of the Self.

Devotees at the SAT Temple have a vision  of enhancing the interior of the Temple where the front entryway is now to create a home for deities Ganesha and Subramania, reflecting the ambiance of that found in Siva temples throughout sacred India. This new addition named, “Sri Sadisvara (Lord of Being, Lord of Truth, Lord of Existence) Mandiram,” would also hold a stone Siva Lingam in its center, and a path would be formed for devotees to conduct pradakshina around the Lingam and the deities. The columns would hold stone carved bas-relief tiles reflecting stories from the Puranas.

The stone walls would be adorned with images of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, and Nandi would take his place facing the Siva Lingam.

current front entry

Current front entryway to the SAT Temple…

…transformed into the Sri Sadisvara Mandiram.

The following images represent a conceptual model of the Sri Sadisvara Mandiram.

entry copy

entry 2 other angle copy

pradakshina copy

A path is formed to perform pradakshina around the deities.


The hallway leading to the Lotus Room.


Sample of the style of column depicting stories from the Puranas.

A fund* has been setup to support this holy endeavor. If you are inspired to sponsor** this project, the following three options are available to you:

1. mail your donation to: Society of Abidance in Truth, 1834 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA, USA.

2. leave your donation in the “Donation Box” located in the entry of the temple.

3. offer your donation through the SAT website by visiting this link:

Please make your check payable to: Society of Abidance in Truth, or SAT and indicate in the memo that your donation is for the “Sri Sadisvara Mandiram” project.

The Sri Sadisvara Mandiram fund requires $150,000 to complete this holy project. If you would like more information about this project or about SAT, please email Raman Muthukrishnan or Sasvati at: <> and <>

Namaste and thank you.

*SAT (Society of Abidance in Truth) is a non-profit 501(C)3 religious organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible.

**If you wish to remain an anonymous sponsor, please indicate so.



Raman Muthukrishnan & Sangeeta Raman: $8,000.00

Ganesh Sadasivan & Dhanya Ganesh: $9,750.00

Dhanya Nambirajam: $212.20

Nome & Sasvati  $2,108.00

Gnana & Jayalakshmi Prakash: $2,000.00

Anonymous: $100.00

Steve Smith: $4,000.00

Myra Taylor: $1,008.00

Tim Frank: $58,835.77

Natarajan & Sandhya Viswanathan: $1,515.00

Venkatrathnam Viswanathan: $1,001.00

Selvam Velmurugan & Lakshmi Nidamarthi: $5,000.00

Raymond Teague: $500.00

Rajesh & Sabiha Vyas: $1,000.00

Manish & Jyotika Balsara: $1,000.00

Yard Sale: $838.00

Sudhakar Bhavanam: $5.00

Anonymous: $1,116.00

Nurturing Botanicals: $280.00

Madhu & Anshu Kumar: $1,000.00

M. Muthukrishnan & M. Vimala: $2,000.00

Kanakadurga Kolli: 11.00

Avinash Desai: $500.00

Siva Chandran & Anandhi Muthukumarasamy: $501.00

Aravind Sivasubramanian & Shermilla Shunmugham: $3,300.00


TOTAL: $105,580.97

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part II)

Sri Sadisvara Mandiram (Part III)

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Posted by: satramana | December 28, 2013

Vasistha’s Instruction to Rama

Vasistha said, “Though it is one, it is conceived of as diverse beings; it is neither one nor many. It is not even it! It is established in Reality. It is of the nature of supreme, all-inclusive peace. It is the one immeasurably great, cosmic being or Self. It is cosmic energy of the nature of cosmic Consciousness.”

Rama said, “By your grace, O Lord among sages, my delusion has gone, and I have attained the supreme state. I am now fully accomplished with my intelligence perfectly clear. I am freed of doubts. I rest in my own natural state as Brahman, or in the knowledge of nirvana. I shall do as you have said.”


Earlier this past summer, Anandhi  approached Nome requesting permission to express her devotion through her artistic abilities. The idea of painting a mural on the wall in the Lotus Room of Vasistha instructing Rama along with the assembly of numerous other sages was suggested. As Vasistha is part of the Advaita lineage, our linage, and dear to our hearts, it seemed most appropriate.

Below are images of the progress of this holy endeavor since its inception.


mural 01

First, Anandhi draws the image in pencil on poster board.

mural 02

Every detail is drawn carefully.

mural 02a


mural 03

The wall in the Lotus Room where the mural will be painted is prepared.

mural 04

Scott places “mud” on the wall to smooth the surface.

mural 05

After adding mud he sands the wall to obtain an even smoother finish.

mural 06


mural 07

The process of adding mud and sanding is done multiple times. Then paint is applied.

mural 08

The difference between the original wall and the prepared wall is easily seen here.

mural 09

The surface of the wall is now ready for the mural.

mural 10

The drawing is projected onto the wall and Anandhi, along with Jayalakshmi and Sangeeta draw the image onto the wall.

mural 11


mural 12

Here, Janani helps her mother, Anandhi, with the drawing.

mural 13

Although it is difficult to see all of the details of the drawing, below is a list of the figures appearing in the image:

Top line: (From Left to Right)
Siddhas showering flowers
Siddhas showering flowers
Standing Sages and others: (From Left to Right)
Arunthathi (Wife of Sage Vashista)
A subordinate king and a Minister of King Dasaratha
Second row (Sitting) Sages:  (From Left to Right)
First row (Sitting) Sages:  (From Left to Right)
On the Ground (Sitting and Standing) (From Left to Right):
Horse and birds (including the Crow Bushunda)
The ground is filled with heaps of flowers such as Ketaki, Blue Lotus, Red Lotus flowers etc.,

mural 14

The image is complete and ready to be painted. Anandhi starts with Siva.

mural 15


mural 16


mural 17


mural 17a

Then, Anandhi paints the sky. One of the Siddhas can be seen in the upper right hand corner.

mural 18

Next, Anandhi paints the sky behind Siva to represent a beautiful sunset.

mural 18a


mural 19


mural 20


mural 21

Anandhi often works at night when baby Ribhu is sleeping.

mural 22

Here, Janani helps her mother paint. Janani is an apprentice painter learning from her mother.

mural 23

Next, the columns are painted.

mural 24


mural 25


mural 26

Anandhi takes great care in every detail of the painting.

mural 27


mural 28

This is Anandhi with her husband Siva Kumar Chandran and their two children, Janani and Ribhu.

When Anandhi completes this offering we will post another blog here.

Om Namah Sivaya!

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