Yogi Jothinatha ventured through the kitchen this morning while the crew was opening a just-arrived FedEx surprise package. Inside the box was dried chili peppers and some Jaffna style curry powder (50% ground roasted chilis and 50% roasted coriander) that's been grown and packed with love. Our thanks to the devas at Moraga Farms!
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