Bodhinatha and Shanmuganathswami left very early this morning for Singapore and Malaysia He will be holding a seminar for the public at the Kandasamy Temple in Malaysia on the 28th and then a retreat for sishya and students on the June 3rd.
The event at the temple will also feature the release of the two new children’s story books on Self-Discipline and Religious Life (Yamas and Niyamas).
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