It is the last day of our phase. The Ganapati Kulam recounted their work which has been nearly 100% focused on wrapped up the July-August-September issue of Hinduism Today. This issue includes a special feature on the Iraivan temple, which is on the cover. It is the first time in many years that the magazine has actually focused on some aspect of the organization that produces it!
A new herb garden is being created today at the monastery (photos next phase), Rishi Valley landscaping is continuing, visitors are a constant stream of Sivaness in His many forms, and the perfection that is, is so apparent. All around us, only to be perceived by the open mind. Jai Gurudeva!
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Sunday, May 3rd.
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