Our Hinduism Today photographer in Nepal, Thomas Kelly, has close friends who lived there for 27 years. Brian and Judy Hollander visited today from their home in Alaska, where they are helping the natives with health care. The daughter, Sonja, on the right, just graduated from naturopathy medical school. They were delighted to visit the temple and the Hinduism Today team.
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