At the Aadheenam we have many beautiful pieces of art, including some exquisite images of the Gods. This is one of our favorites, an image of Dandayuthapani, the Deity of Palani Hills, dear to renunciates and all who are inspired to do yoga, tapas and self-purification.
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