Special guests, Dr. Hiranya Gowda, and his wife from Nashville, Tennessee. They are long-time supporters of Iraivan and Hinduism Today. They have been especially strong donors to the Hinduism Today distribution fund, giving away thousands of free copies to others through the years including subscriptions for readers in India. Dr. Gowda believe Hinduism Todayh is a force to make people more spiritual and to give them an in-depth understanding of their faith.
Another wonderfully incisive talk by Bodhinatha. Inspired by his visit to Niagra Falls, he reads from Gurudeva’s “River of Life” and delivers a lucid bhashya on the nature of attachments and letting go.
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