Rita Shroff and Karthik Srinivasan are visiting Hawaii from Dallas, Texas on their first wedding anniversary. They find Kauai to be the most lush of all the islands. Rita’s parents are founding members of a Hindu temple in Midland, west Texas that Bodhinatha has visited multiple times. Karthik’s parents are from Swamimalai in Tamil Nadu, so he was pleasantly surprised to learn that our Iraivan Sivalingam base and 108 tandava bronzes were cast there.
Another happy couple from Houston, Texas joined us, unfortunately we didn’t catch their name.
They look forward to the kumbhabhishekam for Iraivan Temple.
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