The Annapoorna Hindu Sangam sponsored a gala all-day event at the Sacramento Lakshmi Narayan Temple. The trustees invited Kulapati Easan Katir to speak about ‘Growing Up Hindu’. He presented the new eponymous Himalayan Academy book to a group of 400+ enthusiastic souls who are in the midst of raising their children.
At our Himalayan Academy table many were intrigued with the new children’s books, with DevaTrek cards, and the perennial favorite compendium from Hinduism Today, What is Hinduism.
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