Bodhinatha, Arumugaswami and Sadhaka Nandinatha are moving quickly in India. No time for sending photos. But we will see them all later.
Bodhinatha sends brief snippets from their journey:
Om Sivaya, everyone,
Definitely the photos will give a better impression of what we are experiencing than the words. Omkarananda Ashram took us to two of their nearby schools in the morning, Omkarananda Saraswati Nilayam and Omkarananda Management and Technology Institute. English medium where we gave a talk on BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India and China)
Evening was attending the navaratri homa in their Agamic temple for Rajarajeshvari (They are Sri Vidya tradition) Felt like being at Kailash Ashram, Bangalore, good chanting.
The swami is from Switzerland and the Kumari is from Germany.
Visit to Sivananda Ashram, (Divine Live Society) interview with the president and tour of the facility. Interesting was visiting the living quarters of Swami Sivananda next to the Ganges, very inner vibration and also that of Chidananda Saraswati which was next to it.
Then to Parmath Niketan. Lunch and opening discussions with Muniji. Evening 6 PM hour long arati ceremony at the Ganges ( need photos to grasp it all)
~~~~~~~~~~~ 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, Wednesday, March 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