Yogi Jothinatha welcomes visitors from Montreal. Long-time sishya, Rogini Shummoogum (right) brought her husband, Jean-Marie Dionne (next to her), and two other couples to visit our island and monastery. Left to right are Ginette Villeneuve, Andre Legris, Jean Dulude and France Champagne. All are deeply involved in yoga and meditation back home, as students and teachers. Jean-Marie also teaches meditation to school children and once a month takes them to visit local Hindu temples where he explains the ins and outs of Hindu worship. He and Rogini say the children are most receptive and generally all fall in love with Ganesha. The guests attended our 9 am major puja of the day and, Jean said, “We came here to see Heaven, and this morning we found Heaven within Heaven.” They felt transformed by their visit and promised to come again.
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