The cruise ship is in port today. A special tour group of 200 Hindus was on board. Half of them came to the temple this morning. They showered their affection and appreciation on the temple and Gurudeva as they left.
The Gujarati Patel community is noted for their generosity toward sadhus. Our own monks have sat in meditation at Rameshwaran only to come back to the conscious mind to find coins placed before them by the North Indians on pilgrimage to the south. Today they continued that tradition by giving “bhiksha” (alms to monks) to Gurudeva.
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