The Selvarajah family visiting from Edmonton. Selvarajah and his wife are some of the core founding members of the Mahaganapati Temple there and have been here before, but it was the first visit for son Mayuran and daughter-in-law Shankeetha. They were very impressed despite a short visit and plan to return to Kauai for longer stays. They discussed with Bodhinatha the positive power of the temple having only Ganesha as the main Deity.
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