True to the spirit of the day here we have this gift from Mother Nature. Sadhaka Rajanatha harvested this humungous pumpkin. We call them “Mauritius Pumpkins” because the seeds came from Mauritius. They are strong cultivars--seeds collected from these pumpkins can be planted and grow true to the mother fruit.
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