Anil, Devajyothi, Meera and Manu Kondapi family are visiting for eight days from Phoenix, Arizona. They enjoy the grounds so much that they’ve been coming up every morning, singing beautifully during the puja.
The Ranganath and Narayan families from northern California. Ranganatha say they had the honor of meeting our late Gurudeva 20 years ago and he actually gave them a personal driving tour of grounds, pointing out the spot where Iraivan Temple would eventually rise up. They are so happy to see what has progressed since then.
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