Shyamadeva Dandapani was on duty today hosting guests. He writes
Here are First time visitors: Virgil and Elizabeth Bastos from Brooklyn, NY and Toni and Bruce Roberts from Tulsa, OK.
The Lal family, Srirish, Rahal, Anisha Anuradha and Jaya, from Monroe, LA with Anuradha’s parents, Durga
and Sushila Agrawal from Houston, TX. Anuradha said she still has the rudrakshas she got from the trip to
Kauai when she was eleven years old.
The Lals and Agrawals listening attentively to Bodhinathaa’s answers to their questions.
The Lals and Agrawals having darshan with Bodhinatha.
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