A new doctor on Kauai, Dr. Owen Prentice, came for a visit today with his wife, Melissa, who is a French teacher. Here they are visiting with Paramacharya Palaniswami.
After Owen completed his medical training on the East Coast, he and Melissa lived in New Zealand for two years, growing their own food, living off the land, then they moved to Honolulu for a year. Now Owen works at the Kauai Medical Clinic and Wilcox Hospital in Lihue, specializing in emergency medicine.
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