Brahmachari Vel Mahalingum who has never seen snow before in his life and was amazed to feel how cold it was in France, writes us today with this picture:
Aum Sri Ganesha
Prostrations to the holy feet of Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami
Aum Namah Shivaya Yoginatha Swami
Thank U for your mail
I am leaving Paris for Mauritius tomorrow. We will keep in touch.
In two or three years I’ll be back on Task Force on Kauai.
Today I have been at the Ganesha Temple.
I sent you a photo with the mail.
I have passed great time in Paris.
Now it’s the end of my trip which began with all of you in the monastery with great moments.
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