Here are two young couples all the way from New Jersey on a short pilgrimage. Very devout, they came for the early morning Muruga puja today and dropped by our media lab. Vikas and Aparne Chawla, and Rajendar and Najuk Pakanati.
They are devotees of Sri Sri Pandit Ravi Sankar. They have been reading our publications for years, and use them to teach children. What is Hinduism they say is a key resource for their families. They encouraged the monks to get some mobile apps out with Hindu content.
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