After a long flight, and a short rest early today, Sadasivanathaswami and Arumugaswami joined the Hindu Mandir Priests’s Conference, 2012, which opened this afternoon in the Hindu Jain Temple, Monroeville, Pennsylvania (Just east of Pittsburg) Here are the priest performing the opening chant. Sadasivanathswami writes:
Dozens of priests inaugurate the conference in Pittsburgh’s Hindu Jain Temple with a long series of beautiful chants. It is evening and the confluence of servants of the One Great and Holy Lord is palpable.
Chief priest of the Hindu Jain Temple welcomes the swamis from Hawaii and all the priests from around the US.
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