Shriram and Rohini Udupa (on the left) have been here for several days and attended our Sivaratri pujas. They are from the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago. Rohini is Hindu Dharma and Philosophy Committee Chairperson of that temple. Today their friends from Honolulu came to visit along with them.
Narmada Lingam abhishekam
enjoying a visit to Iraivan Temple
Gaurav, Ripla and little Aran Malhotra have been here on pilgrimage for about a week and also attended Sivaratri. They study the Master Course lessons and Bodhinatha had a satsang at their home in Chicago last year with their friends.
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