We pick up our travel log of Bodhinatha’s mission to Australia again today. On February 15th evening near Sydney, a Iraivan Temple fundraising dinner was organized by Mathini and Chandran Wigneswaran and others. Nearly 400 people attended the event.
A kolam design at the entrance of the hall
Students of Srimathi Anusha Tharmaraja gave a bharatanatyam performance choreographed to Natchintanai music
Bodhinatha gave a spiritual discourse
Mrs. Mathini Wigneswaran giving the "vote of thanks"
Dinner attendees enjoying getting darshan at the end
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