On the right is Subramania Kurukkal with Gurudeva in Sri Lanka. He writes:
“Here with I am sending the photos which were taken back home in our temple Navaly Chintamani Vinayagar Koyil in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, in 1982, when Gurudeva visited and had his birthday celebrated at his Alaveddy Ashram. The ceremony was officiated by me with my father -in-law, Viswanatha Kurukkal.
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