The Rajamahendran and Nallainayagam families visited Kauai for the first time from Calgary and Vancouver in Canada. They stopped over for one day and then back to Maui where one of their sons is getting married. They both met Yogaswami when very young, and asked Bodhinatha for more details about why Gurudeva came to Sri Lanka in the first place, how he came to meet Yogaswami, etc.
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