Mahogany seedlings (foreground) are being repotted to larger pots today the team of Philippino elderly ladies who come to work at the Aadheenam from time to time.
The seedlings were started from home grown seeds procured from some of our island friends.
Wire and bricks will hold the repotted seedlings upright for a year or so. Then they’ll be planted at Himalayan Acres when they’ve grown tall enough. Way off in the future they, along with trees already planted there, can be sold to help finance the activities of the monastery.
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