It was a very quiet day today at the Aadheenam with few visitors.
On vacation from Salem, IL., Mr. P. Suppiah and his wife Kalyani arrived for the morning puja in Kadaval Temple. Both are originally from Madurai, S, India, and so they were especially interested to visit the Chola-style Iraivan Temple that they had heard so much about from friends. "It is just wonderful" remarked Mr. Suppiah. "We are so very happy we could come."
This delightful young couple, Jory and Kaewyn are both from Denver, CO and felt very happy they had found our spiritual paradise. Kaewyn was very interested in the children's books on the Saivite Hindu Religion and bought a set of them in our Mini Mela shop.
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