Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami presided over the Sacred Homa Ceremony this morning, assisted by Sadhaka Tandavanatha.
Afterwards, Paramacharya Palaniswami gave a delightful talk, beginning with stories from the biography of Milarepa, Tibet's Great Yogi, then offering parallels with Gurudeva's life. He then read passages from the unpublished book, with stories of Gurudeva's years in Sri Lanka back in 1949.
Wish I’d been in the temple this morning to hear about my favorite historical hero, Milarepa, and the parallels with Gurudeva’s life. In the TAKA photo, Palaniswami is in the same pose as Milarepa on the cover of his biography.
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