Two pilgrims visited recently from Chennai (last phase)
Our visitor is a UK-based law professor specializing in proprietary rights, international copyrights, and that whole field. If ever we need counsel on a rights issue, she would be able and happy to assist.
Dr. Chamundeeswari Kuppuswami, PhD, is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Sheffield in the UK. An artist and dancer, Chamundeeswari knew our artist S. Rajam well, and was with him just days before his passing earlier this year. She shared a video of him with the monks. And the monks took her on a tour de force of S. Rajam’s hundreds of works of art done for us over the decades.
Her friend, Aparnadevi, is an IT specialist in San Jose, California, and a wonderful singer.
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