Today the ladies joined Sivakatirswami after lunch. He reviewed our overall goals both for sacred song in the future of our educational programs and for the spiritual life and culture of our Saiva Siddhanta Church Satsang and for our own personal spiritual practice in developing bhakti and as a part of our daily “swadyaya” spiritual self edification. To all learn to sing, be confident to sing and to bring sacred song back into our daily lives as it once long ago. We reviewed some simple techniques to strengthening our voices, then practiced some Vedic invocations and a new bhajan together with emphasis on understanding and visualizing what we sing and turn it into a powerful form of prayer and worship.
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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