Jungle Lodge Retreat Third Day, morning only, Shanmuganathaswami and I each gave one morning class. Also the morning included a few outdoor activities and the final presentation of acknowledgements, awards and certificates. This was followed by Lunch at Arjunan Subramanian’s home and then a drive to the Pullman Hotel in Putrajaya. After a short rest we toured the nearby Putrajaya International Convention Center. It is on a knoll and from the bottom of the hill looks a bit like a spaceship. It has different types of rooms that hold 3,000 at a time such as an auditorium, convention style room and one that looks like the United Nations for governmental bodies. Also they have smaller rooms in the 100-200 person size range for smaller gatherings. At night it has an outstanding view of the surrounding city of Putrajaya.
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