Our two paramacharyas, Sadasivanatha Palaniswami and Sivanatha Ceyonswami, ventured to the town of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii today to meet with sculptress Holly Young. Holly is near the final stages of tweaking the wax model of Gurudeva later to be cast in metal. Our paramacharyas are there to check in on the last fine details to make sure they are accurate.
To remind all, this sculpture of Gurudeva is of him explaining his early morning three-fold vision of Lord Siva to Dr. V. Ganapathy Sthapathi, of whom a bronze facsimile will also be crated. They both will be placed in a spot called “Temple Builders’ Memorial” our near San Marga Iraivan Temple along with other bronzes of silpis carving the temple. All pieces are life-size.
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