Kanda Alahan is on his way back home and came for Bodhinatha's blessings. During the days following the Mahasamadhi ceremony he has been helping the monastery with a special woodworking project.
Priti and Rajiv Khoshoo from Irvine, California and Priti's sister, Sheela Datt, from New Delhi. They are Kashmiri Shaivites. Their many fine questions evoked a wonderfully mystical talk from Bodhinatha about the evolution of the soul towards moksha through many lifetimes and the inner workings of the reincarnation process.
The soul body plus the essence of the soul, Parashakti and Parasiva, together equals the totality of the soul. The essence of the soul is being Siva and the soul body is becoming Siva. The soul body is maturing, growing. We suffer until we learn to control our body, mind and emotions achieving imperturbability even if we find out the world is going to end tomorrow. Calmness is a platform for meditation.