We also received a few days back a special box from Honolulu, filled with about 100 Rudraksha trees, each just 4 inches high. These are the trees that make the smaller beads for malas. So in the future we will have those kind of malas available in the MiniMela. Ronald, thanks, and also for the box of beads from your own tree! Sow, must have been 5,000 of them.
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