Senthilnathaswami’s father Ralph Whitten and step mother Stevanne Auerbach are visiting from Berkeley, California. Steveanne sent some photos she took. Here is a good shot of the inside of our Minimela information center.
Our father, Ralph
Braving the weather for a tour of Iraivan. Steveanne behind the camera.
What a great joy to see the Swami with his father. As a Tamil saying goes ‘children know their parents even before they come to know God’ hence such profound influence our parents have on us. I feel indebted to the Swami and his father as well. Thanks for sharing!
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