For years now hundreds of visitors have been burning their problems in a funky Chinese pot at the entrance to the monastery. We thought, "Why not change the pot?" And so we did. Selvanathan Sthapati gave us a Chola design, and Jiva Rajasankara's team in india carved it to perfection.
It's made of rose granite, and the polished parts turn the deep color, and the unpolished parts remain pink.
It is being put into a container in India and will arrive in a couple of months, to be installed at the center of the Pua Kenikeni Mandapam as a new artifact and a tool for all working to get rid of confusions, regrets, negative recollections and hampering feelings and attitudes.
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