Under the auspices of Lord Muruga’s shakti of yogic striving and monasticism, three bright souls joined us today. They have been begging entrance at the wall for many weeks, attuning themselves to the inner vibration of our order.
Bodhinatha reaches up for the power of the Parampara before every initiation.
Acharya Kumarswami carefully guides the process. He reads from our Sacred Vows book along with the three Sivanadiyars.
All are very focused. It is a great moment.
Sivanadiyar Rajan, a cheerful presence and a strong soul in service of Siva.
Sivanadiyar Tandava reads his vows. He has exemplary humility and is a dedicated meditator.
Sivanadiyar Nandi has wonderfully absorbed the refinements of our Tamil Saivite culture, in minute detail.
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