Gaurang and Darshana Nanavaty met with Bodhinatha today. They discussed collaborating on educational programs for youth and the Nanavaty’s described the Hindu community in Texas which has grown to the point where many temples are needed not to accomodate the community’s needs.
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