Today we began a new phase with an inspiring homa, Bodhinatha’s next installment on Purpose, Plan Persistence and Push, a tour day, pilgrims and sunshine!
Satish, Usha and Akhila family were back this morning to have darshan with Bodhinatha. They got some advice about giving help to others, and discussed the Silver Vel satsang group that they are members of. The satsang group meets to discuss Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami’s teachings and how to apply in one’s life, and they also seek to raise funds for Iraivan Temple project. This family has been coming regularly to Kauai for a long time, once a year if possible and they were blessed to have met Gurudeva here years ago.
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