Though our stream has had no water from the reservoir for nearly a year, with rain and run off the stream beds are quite moist. Happily there is enough water to support the birth of one of the lotuses whose roots lie dormant in the mud.
This carpenter bee is happy too, about to load up on the pollen to take back to her babies in some hole she bored deep into a tree or into the side of our buildings.
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