Sadhu Paksha continues at the Aadheenam. Visitor traffic has been light the past two days. The monks are back to work after a 2-day retreat. Hinduism Today October issue is off the press. Shanmuganathaswami and Bodhinatha are getting for a long across the US and to the Caribbean leaving tomorrow. The Siddhidata Kulam continues to support the silpis are working on the Nandi Mandapam.
The Ganapati Kulam is doing indepth research and development right now on converting books to the ePub format, the whole team is focused on the learning curves, the caveats and the technology necessary to display our books in eReaders. Most ebooks are simple, novel style books with running text. Himalayan Academy publications with their graphically rich content and numerous resource sections are a much bigger challenge to convert.
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