The paintings of Nandhi kindle insight into the Inner
Self while revealing the ancient yogic practice of the Tamil Siddhars,
the perfected Beings who attained the body of light.
Nandhi's journey into the mystical realms of the Siddhars
began about 2 decades ago in South India, when, as a young, healthy man, he experienced
the sudden shocking sure knowledge of his impending death. He struggled
and resisted fiercely initially, but soon realized that in this matter,
he was powerless.
As soon as he had reached
this point of inner surrender, a knock was heard on the door of his home.
A young saint whom
Nandhi had never before seen, stood outside and announced that he had
come to save Nandhi from his karmic death and instead to initiate Nandhi
into the path of light. Nandhi followed this saint to
Sri Kalahasthi and then into the forest. Through a series of rituals felt the forces of subtle truth awaken within.
His journey into the eternal had begun.
Innumerable experiences with the Divine have marked
Nandhi's journey from that moment. His path has been made more clear by
several realized spiritual teachers, but it was in Thiruvannamalai, a
sacred mountain in South India, that he met his guru, Ayya (means
"father"), who was practicing a very austere meditation in his mountain
Ayya initiated Nandhi into the path of Siddha (meaning
the attainment of perfection through divine grace), and Nandhi was blessed
with the vision of God Himself in the form of the sacred mountain Thiruvannamalai.
He describes this amazing, transforming vision as "the two eyes immersed
in the splendor of splendors, which the mind can only know as the blissful
awareness in the state of samadhi, when the third eye opens and sees the
universe within with the only experience being indescribable joy beyond
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