Every three years we upgrade our aging computer hardware, selling off old computers and moving up to the current technology.
Normally this places a huge burden on the monks and can take several weeks of our time. This year we have hired a team of pros, Rocket Science Consulting from San Francisco, to do the job for us in just a few days.
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