The Siddhidata Kulam is really focused on repair of the pools and streams that catch the water from the stream and take it over the pali down to the rivers. Years of erosion have been exposed and rock walls are being complete renovated.
A huge job! Sadhaka Nilakantha digging out mud with ear-muffs on to protect the ears from the noise of the jack hammer and pressure washer.
Pressure washing silt away from the banks.
The lava rock walls have big gaps between and behind the stones. These are being cleaned out and then completely re-cemented in place.
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