Bodhinatha and Sadhaka Haranandinatha are in Africa with a busy schedule… we may not get news for a few days.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Dvitya Tithi, Sun One, Tuesday, April 22nd
A Sri Lankan couple arrived today from Sydney, Australia. Here are Vanathy and Mani Yogathasan in front of a very beautiful handcarved wooden Murugan deity outside the Kadavul Siva Temple.
Both of their families lived in Jaffna and Vanathy attended Gurudeva’s Ashram in Alaveddy where she studied the veena in the early 1980’s. She first met Gurudeva there and received his blessings. Mani’s paternal grandfather was a devotee of St. Yogaswami and it was St. Yogaswami who named his son, “Yoga” thasan, -- hence their last name is Yogathasan.
Today’s Pilgrims and Visitors
This is from a few days ago… An entire family originally from Jaffna Town, Sri Lanka, (now living in Washington, DC and New Jersey) arrived for a week-long pilgrimage. On the right are Niranjan and Subhedra, and their son Laxshman. Also Padmini Saravanapavan, long time supporter of Iraivan, and Chitranjan and Najervary Pathmamatnan. They were all very happy to be here and spent some valuable moments after the puja talking with Paramacharya Ceyonswami. They were then whisked away to the Iraivan Temple where they chatted with the silpis about the sacred art of stone-carving and temple building.
Iraivan’s West Side Story
And we bring you the same video we showed yesterday. This time via YouTube along with new Kauai Aadheenam video “bookends.” Check out our YouTube Channel with many more videos.http://www.youtube.com/user/kauaiaadheenam
The letter "Ya" in the Panchakshara Mantra, Namasivaya, stands for the soul. Bodhinatha uses the Panchakshara Mantra to show how the soul is initially drawn by Siva's veiling grace, which leads the soul to maturity through experience in the world. Then comes Siva's revealing grace. When we've had enough of the world, Siva's grace pulls us toward God. The mantra also has the simple, two-syllable form. Si- Reflecting on God the Transcendent Absolute, Va-God as the All Pervading Consciousness