This is the end of a productive phase. Though it was not tour day the temple was very busy. Two groups arrived including a group from Germany.
Anticipation of Bodhinatha’s visit to Mauritius is running high as many members will be receiving initiations on this trip. After years of diligent study and sadhana, these dedicated Saivite souls will hear the Holy Panchakshara Mantra from the lips of the Satguru or be initiated into the powerful practice of personal daily Saiva Atmartha puja which puts them firmly on a foundation for the performance of the deeper raja yoga practices.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Navami Tithi, Sun One, Sunday, January 24th.
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