Bodhinatha and Sadhaka Adinatha are having a powerful time in Canada. Bodhinatha reports today:
“Om Sivaya, everyone,
This morning was the concluding ceremonies of the kumbhabhishekam. On arrival we were soon up in a genie boom 80-60 I believe pouring one kumbha over the tower above Ganesha along with three priests doing all the rest of the pouring and decorating. Then back inside for the frenzied pouring of kumbhas on the towers that were inside the temple and then finally on the murtis in the shrines, returning the shrines back to normal. Then a standard maha abhishekham was performed for all the murtis. Chanting was excellent transporting you into Ganesha’s loka. In the midst of this I gave a short talk introducing The Guru Chronicles. I am not sure of the size of the group perhaps 400. The chief priest is from Colombo and in his daily prayers worships Yogaswami. So there was a special connection with him. He could see this temple as coming from Yogaswami through Gurudeva and therefore was particularly pleased to be the head priest for this ceremony.
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