All is well at the Aadheenam on this Sun Three. Sannyasins Arumugaswami and Yoginathaswami arrived safe and sound in India. They are taking care of some project coordination in Pondicherry, before proceeding to see Lord Nataraja in Chidambaram and then on to Bangalore to bring home some new silpis for Iraivan.
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