Morning visit to Brihadeeswarar temple then a drive to Kovilur to visit Kovilur Mutt and it’s head, our long time friend, Nachiappa Gnana Desika Swamigal. We had a good conversation. He mentioned he feels Gurudeva is very close to him and helping him regularly. In the afternoon, we drove to Pillaiyarpati where we had archana to the Ganesha, tea and then a three hour gathering for opening a public library at Pichchai Gurukal’s Veda Agama Pathasala. Picchai Gurukal, as was expected, took time to show us the painting we did for him of the gifting of Agamas. A late drive to Madurai got us to our hotel by 11 PM.
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