Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami met for a delicious North Indian style dinner with these Singapore members, students and devotees at the Tandoor Restaurant in the Holiday Inn Parkview. This was one of Gurudeva's restaurants, and he stayed at this Holiday Inn frequently when visiting Singapore. You could call this meeting a Pre-Innersearch Kauai event as four attendees will also be traveling to Kauai for the Innersearch Kauai.
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