Shivani Vinayaga today solemnly spoke out her Arul Sishya vows today in Kadavul Temple. Sitting before Lord Ganesha, with mother Shama behind her (as she always is), Shivani vowed officially to do what she has been doing for a long time: to be a vegetarian, to accept Bodhinatha and the Kailasa Parampara as her spiritual authority and a third vow to tithe ten percent of her income to her religion. Church members witness this profound moment.
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