Archana and Prasad Patel (3rd and 4th from left) are in Hawaii on their honeymoon. They live in Chicago area. Prasad’s mother is a friends of Jigisha Patel, one of our formal Master Course Level One students. Kaila Sri Subramanian and his wife on the right are visiting Hawaii from Malaysia. Mr. Subramanian takes tour groups to Mt. Kailash. Now age 78, he just completed his 18th tour to the sacred mountain. Two other couples also joined us, as today was the day when the cruise ship is docked at Kauai and many Hindus come from the ship to visit. In fact, after the morning puja as we were about to head out to Iraivan Temple, Prasad ran into other people he knew, who had grown up in his family village in India.
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