Bodhinatha gives gifts to the silpis after the Thai Pongal puja at Iraivan this morning.
We all enjoy gathering around in the morning as the sun rises behind us. It is a pleasant, peaceful time. This festival is in thanks to nature for bountiful harvests and we feel a sense of harmony as we go through the simple ancient rites of boiling a pot of rice, then arati and worship of the sun.
The rice pot boils over! Enjoy the slideshow below of our festivities.
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