Our master artist in Amsterdam has completed the third in our Sadasiva series and sent this scan to the monastery today. Here we have Siva in His aspect of Vamadeva. His element is water. His symbol is the lotus. His syllable from the great NAMASIVAYA mantram is MA. His power is preservation (represented here by the green flowing energies to the left and right of the pink lotus flower).
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