Our team of hired Philipinno gardeners. The come periodically to help with the upkeep of the grounds. These are elderly grandmas who continue to put in a good days work even as they continue to add years to their lives. Working outside keeps them ever young.
Gurudeva had a great vision to put funds into an endowment for Iraivan, even as we built the temple. Now the endowment is able to provide income for families like these. It’s tough times economically so we’re very happy to be able to provide some employment.
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