Bodhinatha met today with two Level One Master course students, John Stern and Larry Otis. Both men have years of background in meditation and sadhana and are serious about their spiritual unfoldment and plan to move forward into Level Two of the study.
Larry Otis has called himself a Siva worshipper for many years, having associated with Kashmir Saivism for many years. He’s happy to find Gurudeva’s teaching which offers the fullness of Saiva culture and be able to be in direct touch with a spiritual preceptor. He does sadhana daily, and loves the Master Course
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