It is Sun 2 today. Saravananathaswami, the one-man Ekadanta Kulam gave a long report on his activies. He’s working on communications with two young men interested in monastic life in Mauritius. He also processed the new Arul Sishya applications from students in Mauritius who are steadily moving toward full membership in Saiva Siddhanta Church. He’s also working on future travel plans and events for Bodhinatha and working on the new web site for Saiva Siddhanta Church.
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