Over our two day retreat here, Bodhinatha had an event at which he spoke to a group of businessmen in Kuala Lumpur on the 13th, followed by an event in Singapore. Palaniswami met our sishyas in Klang, Malaysia, and Bodhinatha had satsang with the members. Three vratasishyas took their vows. Today Bodhinatha and Palaniswami are in Bangalore.
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