Bodhinatha read from Gurudeva’s commentary on the Mamasani — Monthly Shum Meditation. It was about the esoterics of going deep into pure awareness, aware only of itself and the importance of refining the outer nature so that when the power of inner states flows, as it naturall does, back out to the outer nature, we are not de-stabilized in our meditation. For more, stay tuned for the audio and transcript in the days ahead.
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