Yoginathaswami and Sadhaka Rajanatha are in the air now, on their way home. They were moving so fast they had little time to send photos. They did visit the metal works in Swamimalai. The base for the crystal Sivalingam is still being worked on. It is being hailed as a master piece in the local community, something unique that has never, ever been done before.
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