Pravveen and Shanthy Ponnusamy are making their first visit from Florida. Her family is from Jaffna, Sri Lanka originally, while his family is from Palani Hills in south India. They are both very devotional and thrilled to be here. They are recently engaged and look forward to get married soon.
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