Scientist from Bangalore, Dr. T.S. Mohan, visiting Hawaii for a conference. he has been reading Hinduism Today for 24 years!
He is standing on left. To his right is Kumeraintharen Murugiah from Penang, Malaysia. He is a student of environmental science doing an exchange program that brought him to University of Hawaii Manoa for a couple weeks, then on to mainland USA for few weeks to do field studies
Kumeraintharen has followed us on TAKA for quite some time and dreamed of performing abhishekam to our Narmada Lingam. He briefly met Satguru Bodhinatha in Kuala Lumpur around ten years ago at a Tirumurai competition. He is interested to become a formal sishya.
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