The Siddhidata Kulam is loading up to head out to the far side of the property with two chainsaws to clear a path through the forest to set up a fence along the northwest edge of San Marga. This is part of a big plan to try to control the wild boar which are steadily growing in population. They love to dig up all the beautiful landscape!
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