Today was the auspicious day of Ardra. Lord Nataraja received His monthly abhishekam. It is always a powerful moment for those who have the karma to come.
For those who love to listen to Bodhinatha’s talks, we linked a new one today. Click here to keep your eye on his 2010 index page for new talks. We upgraded our audio processing tools to now include the standard metadata so that if you save the file to your iTunes, iPod or Droid MP3 player app, it will show a proper artist, album and title in your audio library. We also captured two of his classes on innersearch and these were divided into 8 fabulous upadeshas coming to you soon!
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