Many members make the most of their pilgrimage to Gurudeva’s Mahasamadhi anniversary by staying on through Skanda Shasti which occurred today with a powerful puja to Lord Muruga (see slideshow). Today many of the devotees had darshan with Bodhinatha before returning to Malaysia tomorrow .
Here we have newly reinstated Saiva Siddhanta Church sishyas Eesan and Rajespari Pasupathi from Malaysia
Himalayan Academy MC Level Two student Anjali Sundaram (Eleni Cannon) from California
Saiva Siddhanta Church longtime sishya Shama Vinayaga from Canada
Saiva Siddhanta Church longtime sishyas Ramesh, Saraswathy and Nandi Devi Sivanathan from Malaysia
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