People who come to the Aadheenam become part of the local scenery. They add their colors, looks and sounds to enrich our small monastery, not unlike the flowers that grow in so many ways in our gardens.
It is rare to find a place on earth where different people meet harmoniously and with a feeling of love and respect.
Appa helps his big son see through our binoculars. And what the boy sees…
…widens his eyes in astonishment.
Many souls in silent meditation after the Siva puja in Kadavul.
Some other forms of Siva adorn the Aadheenam. The Self is in them, too.
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