Though today had many appointments, they are all in the GRT Grand hotel--no need to drive all day around a city with high temperatures!
Appointments included Nellaiappan family, Sheela, a small Chennai publisher Samata, our Agama project priest team, Ananth Master Course student from Bangalore, Jiva Kanmanai Thuri and Swapna, a San Marga Trust meeting.
March 28th, Sunday (yesterday in India)
Day began by attending a gathering at Yogasana Alayam and giving a talk which Nellaiappan translated. The president Kalyanasundarm came to Kauai some time ago and has started a regular homa with prayer burning as one of their activities.
Back to the hotel and a few meetings with Sriram, an online devotee, a neighbor of Nellaiappan’s who is doing a translation, the Manivel family and lunch at the hotel with Gunalan.
Afternoon was a trip to Chinmaya Mission for a talk and questions answers with a gathering of their youth.
Evening was a meeting with Dr. Ganapati. He is the chief editor of the Tirumantiram translation. He has a deep appreciation for the Siddha tradition and on the monistic versus pluralistic debate takes the monistic side. He translated two of the chapters (tantras) of Tirumantiram himself and coordinated the translation of the rest.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming three-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Thursday, April 1st.
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