The monks are back from a great retreat, diving energetically into their kulam duties. It is a six-day phase ahead of us, full of opportunities to serve Lord Siva.
Bodhinatha, settled down after a long schedule of travels, gave a talk on being pure energy and moving through the chakras. Most people function through only two or three chakras at a time. As energy, we can choose to flow through the higher chakras.
We had a homa today, the first one presided by Bodhinatha in a few weeks, after sadhu paksha and his India travels.
The most visible activities are the lanscaping changes, so creative and inspiring. The more practical side of the excavator work is the grounds’ preparation for a water turbine, which will provide abundant clean hydro power for the monstery in the near future. This is still in its first stages, but we really want to make this work — we will, we can, we are able!
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