Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathswami departed today for a two-week mission that will touch down in Maryland, Trinidad, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Chicago and Nashville.
The first stop in Maryland will be to join the devotees there for the annual festival at the Murugan temple in Lanham. Then they will be off to the Caribbean for a 5 days in Trinidad, 2 days in Guyana and two days in Saint Lucia.
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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