A truly beautiful day brought more devout souls for the morning abishekam and puja in the Kadavul Temple.
On the left are Ramachandran Sitarama and his wife Ramya Chakravarthy visiting for the first time from Fremont, CA (originally Chennai, Tamil Nadu). An auspicious day for Ramya; its her birthday today. Raghurama Pai and his wife are from LA (orginally Karnataka) and are both subscribers and avid readers of our international magazine, Hinduism Today.
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