It is the last day of Sadhu Paksha… Tomorrow we raise the flag of the Jivana Ritau.
Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami have returned from Germany where they were looking into options for setting up a distribution center for our literature in Europe. They are now safe and sound in London and will be with devotees there for a few days, returning to Kauai on the 19th.
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