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What is the Meaning of Nama Sivaya?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadesha:
“What is the Nama Sivaya Mantra?” (February 13,2017)

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

Path to Siva, Lesson 16

Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 109


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Lord Nataraja, the Meaning of Siva’s Dance

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas:
“What is the Meaning of Siva’s Dance” (February 5,2017)

Initially we’re looking at the world. By Siva’s revealing grace, anugraha, ultimately we turn toward God. The soul matures, fulfilling dharmas. We reach a point where we see that Siva is the doer, guiding us, adjusting our angle toward Himself. “Sarvam Sivan seyal.” Siva is doing it all. We’re flowing with the dance of Siva.

Path to Siva, Lesson 15

Dancing with Siva, Lesson 97,

The Master Course Trilogy, Introduction


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Siva’s Infinite Forms; The Cycle of Desire

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha’s Latest Upadeshas:
“Siva’s Traditional Forms, Pancha Brahman, Cycle of Desire” (January 28,2017)

“Every form is a form of Siva.” The Sivalinga symbolizes Siva’s formless state.
Yantras for Siva temples involve the Panchakshara Mantra. Kadavul represents Si, Siva in a fiery aspect; Iraivan represents Ya, akasha. Reflect on that and see the difference. The five faces of Panchabrahma: Tatpurusha, Aghora, Sadjojata, Vamadeva, Ishana. The Trishula represents three shaktis: iccha, kriya and jnani shaktis. Love, action, wisdom. Iccha is also translated as desire. We cycle through desires, gaining wisdom, moving to higher and higher desires. The highest form of desire is selfless service-karma yoga or seva. Let’s do more of it.

Path to Siva, Lesson 14

The Five Powers of Siva


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The Timeless Tirumantiram

“The path of Śiva is the proven path. It led them to Hara. It is the royal path that renowned souls have walked. By this path divine, the devout pervade the universe. That path do seek, enter and persevere.
Tirumantiram 1563.

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