At the second function that Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathaswami attended at the Hari Mandir in Tuna Puna, August 22nd, Trinidad’s minister of education, Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, was present. He attended the entire function. After listening to Bodhinatha’s talk, his turn came to speak. The camera catches the moment when he tells Bodhinatha that he will see to it that Gurudeva’s Dancing With Siva will be placed into all of Trinidad’s public schools. This was the fulfillment of a long-time dream and project of the hosts of this event: Pandit Narendra and Ashwinee Ragoonanan. The moment was extremely auspicious and you see in this photo the instant it happened. Jai!
After the talk, Bodhinatha presents a hard cover copy of Dancing With Siva to the Minister.
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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