Today the Siddhidata Kulam detailed their work at lunch. But the main event was Brahmachari Vel Mahalingam’s speech to the monastery, done with much humor and joy as he detailed testimony of his experience with Gurudeva and his gratitude and appreciation for all the monks and being able to stay at Kauai Aadheenam. He returns to Mauritius during our coming retreat.
Meanwhile the stream of visitors continued today. We have about 40 people in the temple for puja. Many of Dattatreya Baba’s students are still on the island and coming to the 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