This artwork was recently gifted by a visitor named Shona. The original art is 6 feet high and depicts what she saw and experienced during her first visit to Iraivan Temple in 2005. Shona was born in India to British parents and now lives in seclusion on a hilltop in Georgia, where she spends most of her time in meditation and drawing these beautiful mandalas.
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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