We are happy to let you all know that all of the Sun One upadeshas that Bodhinatha has given to date have been processed, transcribed and now online. The sidebar link is for the talk he gave this phase. Here are links to all the other talks he has given in May.
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