Today was the monthly Ardra abhishekam and a number of devotees attended the puja from different places. Afterwards a group met Bodhinatha. Mr and Mrs. Chellappa (far left in photo) are from England, originally from Sri Lanka. His brother is Chandran Wigneswaran of Sydney, whose family organized Bodhinatha's visit there in February.
Prakash Babu, president of Peoria, Illinois temple and his wife came too. Prakash operated the "cherry picker" bucket that lifted Bodhinatha up to the top of the temple tower during the kumbhabhishekam in 2005.
And finally several from Detroit, Michigan. They recalled Bodhinatha attending the Ganesha Temple kumbhabhishekam in Phoenix Arizona because their sister lives there.
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