As we write, Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathswami are in the air, flying home to arrive this evening. In the next few days we will bring more photos of events during their in California.
See our Twitter posts for photos from the big donor appreciation event in Palo Alto, California. Here is a photo from that event. After offering a Vedic chant, Ananth Sivachariar garlands Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.
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