Sadhaka Satyanatha has been working on a project for several years which has been the digitization of our entire physical photo collection. Most of this is complete, but it will take a long time to go through all the files to see what we have. He found these precious pictures of one of Yogaswami’s chief disciples: Markanduswami.
Here we are in Jaffna, on an innersearch long ago, meeting this completely renounced tapasvin ascetic.
Markanduswami had a special gift and a special sadhana: He only spoke out the words of his Guru, Yogaswami.
Feel very Inspired by seeing this picture.
What a blessing!
What a great penance to have performed to be born like him.
Look at his matted hair… Awesome.
So majestic tapasvin.
I prostrate at your feet Markanduswami.
Great Souls amongst our mist. What a blessing!
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