In this book, Vanamali has given us a fascinating glimpse into the lilas of the three sons of Shiva. This is a captivating book for all those who are interested in knowing the esoteric of Hindu gods. Shiva and his sons are all aspects of the great electromagnetic forces that control life. Shiva is the source of all energies. He is the nuclear energy underlying the subatomic particles. At the very core of matter Siva whirls in this cosmic dance as Nataraja. Ganesha is the god of gravity which is the base of all ordinary existence. Kartikeya is the power of the electromagnetic field. His spear signifies the elemental forces of thunder and lightening. Ayyappa is the force of love as the supreme power which is capable of uniting humanity. Ganesha symbolises the ideas of the emergence of life from earth and the unfolding of consciousness from matter. His dual form of animal and human indicates a sublime theme, which points out to us that we too can aspire to a supramental level even though we have evolved from the animal. The stories of Ganesha, Kartikeya and Shasta are all part of Puranic literature and they cater to the multifaceted intellect of the human being who craves for different expressions of the godhead.
About the Author
Vanamali Mataji is a contemporary Hindu contemplative, teacher, and author. She lives in a small ashram in Rishikesh, an ancient place of pilgrimage in the foothills of India's holy Himalayas. Vanamali Gita Yogashram is a small ashram (spiritual retreat and place of aspiration.) overlooking the sacred river Ganga in North India. Vanamali Mataji is the author of The Lila Hindu World Heritage Library. Her books include: a translation of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Nitya Yoga, a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna Lila, Sri Rama Lila, Sri Shiva Lila, Sri Devi Lila, Sri Hanuman Lila, Lilas of the Sons of Shiva, Gurudeva and The Taste Divine. Sri Devi Lila is published in the U.S. as Shakti: Realm of The Divine Mother , Sri Hanuman Lila as Hanuman: The Devotion and Power of The Monkey God. Her titles on the life of Lord Krishna and Lord Rama are also being publiushed in the west by Inner Traditions Books. Her most recent book is The Science Called Hinduism. Vanamali is another name for Lord Krishna. It means the wearer of a garland of wild flowers. Mata or Mataji means revered mother. Mataji's birth name is Devi, Mataji is a great devotee of Lord Krishna.