A new phase began today with our morning homa. It is countdown phase to the 2010 Kauai Innersearch, which begins in just six days. Paramacharya Palaniswami presided over the homa, which was conducted by our new Siddhanathaswami.
Palaniswami shared his reflections on the uniqueness of Kauai Aadheenam and the gratitude we all have for this place, this special gift from Gurudeva—a place inhabited by monks all following the same teachings inside themselves; a place with a temple at its center; a place of pure and unadulterated Sivaness; a place which will always have a satguru to carry forth the sampradaya and not a board of directors, a place surrounded by a core group of sincere dedicated devotees.
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