Devan and Suchita Padmanabhan with their two lovely children, Darshan and Sunaya. They enjoyed a visit to the Iraivan Temple and attended a powerful morning puja in Kadavul Temple. The Padmanabhan family outside the offices of Hinduism Today and Himalayan Academy after a wonderful meeting with Paramacharya Palaniswami. They received his blessings and were then on their way to the airport to board their flight home to Minnesota.
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