Sysumu and Thelma Myashiro are from Huntington Beach, CA visiting with their friends, Fred and Reiko Fujimoto, from Oahu. This is their second visit to the temple in three years.
Sri Ram and his wife Usha, from Bloomfield, MI, arrived with Bindumati Kikani, who traveled all the way from Mumbai on a pilgrimage to the Kauai Aadheenam. They will be here for several days attending the pujas in the Kadavul Temple and visiting the Iraivan Temple.
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