Yesterday Kadavul Temple was filled to overflowing with Hindus and it was lovely to have them all here. Those who did not have flights to catch were later taken on a tour of the Iraivan Temple and, as you can see by the smiles, they were a very happy group.
Many are longtime subscribers to Hinduism Today and had waited for some time to make a pilgrimage to Kauai to visit this very sacred place.
Today our visitors were of an international variety -- from India, the Ukraine, Mexico, and the US Mainland. All were delighted to be here and were filled with questions about the construction of the Iraivan Temple, and also about the wide variety of flora that abundantly flourishes throughout the grounds.
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