Almitra Zion top row center of photo assisted Gurudeva by traveling to AK in 1987 to locate and help negotiate the purchase of the Sphatika Lingam which will be the central icon of Iraivan Temple. Almitra has written the account of this experience and has recently made the book, Crystal Journey, available as and e-book. You can download it at her website: www.thegreatcentralsun.com. She is donating $4 of each book ordered to help build Iraivan Temple, "Where the world comes to pray…" pictured with Almitra are her son Sequoya on the top row left and friends that joined her for a tour today.
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