On a normal day, almost everyday, the Nani Kaua Falls and Pond look so serene, the water clear and the pool reflecting an amazing emerald green color.
But not this week! Once ever couple of years, a flood rages through, turning the water to cocoa brown and the gentle falls to a raging torrent. Logs and even giant trees come down. It rained for four days and nights. It reminded the monks how close we live to Siva’s raw and natural world. Right outside our windows. It was so exciting we made a one-minute video to share, which includes “Moby Tree,” a giant beast that is now beached on the shore. Below we present the normal and HD versions.
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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