The Hinduism Today team has been having fun creating cartoons. We teamed up with Cyan Jenkins, an artist from Florida, to put some ideas on paper that are closer to our audience. TAKA readers get a sneak preview of the next issue’s cartoon. Click on the image to see the final color version.
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