Bodhinatha continues his retreat and seminars in Malaysia. he will be depart to return home tomorrow.
Om Sivaya, Everyone,
Jungle Lodge Retreat Second Day:
Shanmuganathaswami gave one morning class and I gave a morning and an afternoon class. Major group activities were a two plus hour hike to a waterfall and a family evening where the participants divided into groups of 6-8 and gave performances.
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