Sweet group of souls today for our public tour. If these groups are a true sampling of American consciousness, it is easy to be encouraged. So open and respectful of different approaches to God and spiritual discovery.
During the recent Ayudhya puja time we gained a new appreciation for the Silpis and the chisels that they shape and forge. The sharp chisels for fine detail last only about five minutes of carving time before they must be re-forged. Our guests are utterly amazed that we have been carving this temple for twenty years now.
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