The official observance begins tomorrow. Most of the devotees have arrived already. Today everyone joined to help with the preparations. Our temple decoration team did a marvelous job. Tandu Sivanathan’s floral arrangements are beautiful!
Because our group is so large, this year we will be holding large satsangs in the courtyard, which has been beautifully prepared by the monks. Dasan Mahadevan and Tandu add flowers.
Yesterday a large contingent arrived from Malaysia and Singapore and the mainland.
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