The Aggarwal and Dhodia families are visiting from Edmonton, Canada. The Aggarwal family (on right) visited here 20 years ago and met our late Gurudeva at that time under a banyan tree. Gurudeva gave an assignment to Mr. Aggarwal to distribute 20 free copies of Dancing with Siva in his area.
They enjoyed talking with Bodhinatha about the Iraivan Temple heading towards completion.
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