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 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