Mihir Meghani has been reading Hinduism Today, since he was a teen in 1994. He since completed his medical training, is working as a doctor in Oakland and recently married Tanvi. He came to visit with his wife and and brother-in-law, Parth.
An avowed dedicated Hindu activist, Mihir is one of the founding members of the Hindu American Foundation which has become a leading voice for Hindu rights in Washington.
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