Greg Rogers (Nandikesh Chandrashekaran) is a formal Himalayan Academy Master Course student from Los Angeles who just finished Level One study. He had his first darshan meeting with Bodhinatha today.
~~~~~~~~~~~ END OF PHASE
Today is the last day of our phase.
This edition of TAKA will remain posted
over our coming two-day retreat,
until Dasami Tithi, Sun One, Wednesday, December 29th.
Venkat and Hema Devraj are on their first visit to Kauai from Colorado, USA. They enjoyed asking Bodhinatha metaphysical questions about Advaita. They study Ramana Maharishi’s teachings and also obtained our Master Course trilogy the other day.
Venkat and Hema visit the Svayambhu Sivalingam at the end of San Marga path. It is the site of Gurudeva’s Siva vision which started the Iraivan Temple process.
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