As I continue to study Vedanta, I am beginning to understand the traditions of the culture that I was born into.
A teacher plays an important role in one’s life. In Hindu culture, the Teacher or the Guru is given utmost and the highest respect as he/she passes on the knowledge that one wouldn’t have otherwise. Having that highest regard and faith towards the Guru enables the student to learn in a focused way.
I have been fortunate to have many teachers in my life who have greatly inspired and taught me invaluable things in various fields. Lately, I found myself learning a lot from Swami Chinmayananda and other gurus from Chinmaya Mission. My eternal gratitude to this great master.
I’ve recently learned about Shri Chinmaya Ashtottara Shata Namavali, a hymn of 108 Names in praise of Swami Chinmayananda. While reflecting on the meaning of the hymn, I found myself painting this mandala.