Another beautiful day brought Siva bhaktars, Arvind and Radha Trivedi from San Diego, CA. Their son Shailesh is also well-known to the Swamis for his selfless and generous contribution to the Hinduism Today Production Fund. He shares his mother's love of all that grows and owns and operates a flower farm in Fallbrook, CA.
Arvind and Radha are here on pilgrimage and attended the 6 a.m. Chitra puja, honoring Gurudeva this morning, followed by the powerful abishekam and Siva puja at 9 a.m. They strolled the beautiful grounds remarking upon the amazing and varied species of beautiful plants from around the world that seem to flourish in this tropical paradise. Here they pause in silence near the sacred Swyambhu Lingam where Gurudeva received his threefold vision from God Siva in 1975.
They then toured the beautiful Iraivan Temple and conversed with Chidambaram Stapathi and the silpis. Although Radha had previously visited the temple, Arvind was enjoying his first visit here today.
Also accompanying them is one of Gurudeva's students from the 1970's, Sharon L. Mann from Seattle who is visiting for several days. She stated that she felt very moved by her experience here today.
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