Easvan and Devi had darshan with Bodhinatha on Sivaratri morning. They have since flown home to California. Thank you Easvan for all you contributions to the Aadheenam, and the word among some of the monks is that Devi is one fabulous cook!
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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