Vikas and Shreya Ghelani visited Kauai for the first time from San Jose, California. They were eager to converse with Bodhinatha and had several good questions for him, like how to control thoughts from running wild, not worrying about future, etc.
Our Hawaiian sunny, hot days of spring/summer are just getting started. The ground has dried up and now it's easy to do abhishekam at the Narmada Lingam without getting our feet muddy and slipping. Shreya worships after bathing the lingam.
And then Vikas
Another hot day with temps in the high 80’s and a hazy layer of ‘vog’ floating over Kauai from the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Guests Vikas Ghelani and Shreya Bhati (right) from California with four friends for a tour of the Iraivan Temple.
Sri, Sri, Sri, Shankara Baba from Chennai (center) is traveling across the United States visiting his devotees. Today he was a guest of the Kauai Aadheenam and arrived with approximately ten devotees from the Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Temple in San Jose, CA.
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