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Glory of Lord Shiva

Posted on: April 17, 2011

Glory of Lord Siva 

Om.
I bow with folded hands to Lord Siva, who is the Lord of the universe
(Jagat-Pati), world’s Teacher (Jagad-Guru), who is the destroyer of Tripuras
(three cities—egoism, lust and anger), who is the Lord of Uma (Uma Sankar),
Gauri (Gauri Sankar), Ganga (Ganga Sankar), who is full of light (Jyotirmaya),
knowledge and bliss (Chidanandamaya), who is the Lord of Yogins (Yogesvara), who
is the storehouse of knowledge and who is known by various names as Mahadeva,
Sankara, Hara, Sambhu, Sadasiva, Rudra, Sulapani, Bhairava, Uma Mahesvara,
Nilakantha, Trilochana (the three-eyed), Tryambaka (the three-eyed), Visvanatha,
Chandrasekhara, Ardhanarisvara, Mahesvara, Nila-lohita, Parama Siva, Digambara,
Dakshinamurti, etc.

How merciful He is! How loving and kind He is! He
even wears the skulls of His devotees as a garland around His neck. He is an
embodiment of renunciation, mercy, love and wisdom. It is a mistake to say that
He is the destroyer. Lord Siva in reality is the regenerator. Whenever one’s
physical body becomes unfit for further evolution in this birth either by
disease, old age or other causes, He at once removes this rotten physical sheath
and gives a new, healthy, vigorous body for further quick evolution. He wants to
take all His children to His lotus-feet quickly. He desires to give them His
glorious ‘Siva-Pada’. It is easier to please Siva than Hari. A little Prem and
devotion, a little chanting of His Panchakshara is quite sufficient to infuse
delight in Siva. He gives boons to His devotees quite readily. How large is His
heart! He gave Pasupatastra to Arjuna without difficulty for his little penance.
He gave a precious boon to Bhasmasura. In Kalahasti near Tirupati, He gave
Darsan to Kannappanayanar, the devoted hunter who plucked his two eyes to
replace the weeping eyes in the Murti. In Chidambaram even the untouchable
Pariah saint, Nandan had Darsan of Lord Siva. He ran with tremendous speed to
make the boy Markandeya immortal, when he was in the clutches of the God of
Death—Yama. Ravana of Lanka pleased Siva with his Sama chantings. He initiated
the four virgin youths Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanatkumara into the
mysteries of Jnana in the form of Guru Dakshinamurti. In Madurai, in Southern
India, Sundaresvara (Lord Siva) assumed the form of a boy and carried earth on
His head for a devoted lady for the sake of Puttu (a kind of sweetmeat) as
wages, when an anicut was erected in the Vaigai river. Look at the unbounded
mercy for His devotees! When Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu went to find out the
head and feet of Lord Siva, He assumed an infinite, expansive blaze of light
(Jyotirmaya-Svarupa). They were baffled in their attempts. How magnanimous and
self-effulgent He is! He lived in the house of Pattinattu Swami in Southern
India for several years, as his adopted son and disappeared after giving him the
small note: “Even a broken needle will not follow you after your death”. The
reading of this note was the starting point for attainment of Jnana for
Pattinattu Swami. Why not you attempt this very second with sincerity to realise
God (Lord Siva)?

Hatha Yogins awaken the Kundalini Sakti that is lying
dormant in the Muladhara Chakra by Asana, Pranayama, Kumbhaka, Mudra and Bandha,
take it above through different Chakras (centres of spiritual

energy)—Svadhishthana, Manipura, Anahata, Visuddha and Ajna—and join it with
Lord Siva at the Sahasrara, the thousand-petalled lotus at the crown of the
head. They drink the nectar of Immortality (Siva-Jnana-Amritam). This is termed
Amritasrava. When the Sakti is united with Siva, full illumination comes for the
Yogi.

Lord Siva represents the destructive aspect of Brahman. That
portion of Brahman that is enveloped by Tamo-Guna-Pradhana-Maya is Lord Siva who
is the all-pervading Isvara and who also dwells in Mount Kailas. He is the
Bhandar or storehouse of Wisdom. Siva minus Parvati, Kali or Durga is pure
Nirguna Brahman. With Maya (Parvati) He becomes the Saguna Brahman for the
purpose of pious devotion of His devotees. Devotees of Rama must worship Lord
Siva also. Rama Himself worshipped Lord Siva at the famous Ramesvaram. Lord Siva
is the Lord of Ascetics and Lord of Yogins robed in space (Digambara).

His Trisul (trident) that is held in His right hand represents the three
Gunas—Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. That is the emblem of sovereignty. He rules the
world through these three Gunas. The Damaru in His left hand represents the
Sabda Brahman, It represents OM from which all languages are formed. It is He
who formed the Sanskrit language out of the Damaru sound.

The wearing of
the crescent moon on His head indicates that He has controlled the mind
perfectly. The flow of the Ganga represents the nectar of immortality. Elephant
represents symbolically the Vritti, pride. Wearing the skin of the elephant
denotes that He has controlled pride. Tiger represents lust. His sitting on the
tiger’s skin indicates that He has conquered lust. His holding deer on one hand
indicates that He has removed the Chanchalata (tossing) of the mind. Deer jumps
from one place to another swiftly. The mind also jumps from one object to
another. His wearing of serpents around the neck denotes wisdom and eternity.
Serpents live for a large number of years. He is Trilochana, the three-eyed One,
in the centre of whose forehead is the third eye, the eye of wisdom. Nandi, the
bull that sits in front of Sivalinga, represents Pranava (Omkara). The Linga
represents Advaita. It points out “I am one without a second—Ekameva Advitiyam.”
Just as a man raises his right hand above his head, pointing out his right
index-finger only.

Kailas hills in Tibet are a huge range with a
central, beautiful, naturally carved and decorated shining peak, eternally clad
with silvery snow, 22,280 feet above sea-level. Some take the height to be
22,028 feet. This particular peak is in the form of a natural, huge Siva Linga
(Virat form). This is worshipped as the form of Lord Siva from a distance. There
is neither a temple, nor a Pujari, nor a daily Puja there. I had the fortune to
have Darsana of Kailas through the grace of Lord Siva, on July 22, 1931. I even
climbed with panting breath to the foot of Kailas peak where the Indus takes its
origin. It is a very picturesque, soul-stirring scenery. You will have to ascend
from Didipha Guha, the first halting stage in Parikrama of Kailas. The Indus
gushes out as a small streamlet through blocks of ice from behind the back
portion of Kailas peak. Though in the pictures of Lord Siva it is shown that the
Ganga flows from His head, it is really the Indus (Sindhu) that takes its origin
from the head of Siva (Kailas) in the physical plane. Parikrama of Kailas covers
30 miles. It takes three days. On the way comes the famous and sacred Gauri Kund
which is eternally covered with snow. You will have to break the snow when you
take a bath.

The Name of Lord Siva chanted in any way, correctly or
incorrectly, knowingly or unknowingly, carefully or carelessly, is sure to give
the desired result. The glory of the Name of Lord Siva cannot be established
through reasoning and intellect. It can certainly be experienced or realised
only through devotion, faith and constant repetition of the Name and singing His
hymns with Bhava. Every Name is filled with countless potencies or Saktis. The
power of the Name is ineffable. Its glory is indescribable. The efficiency and
inherent Sakti of the Name of Lord Siva are unfathomable.

The mind is
purified by constant repetition of Siva-Stotra and Names of Lord Siva. The
Stotras are filled with good and pure thoughts. Repetition of the hymns to Siva
strengthens the good Samskaras. “As a man thinks, that he becomes”. This is the
psychological law. The mind of a man who trains himself in thinking good, holy
thoughts, develops a tendency to think of good thoughts. His character is
moulded and transformed by continued good thought. When the mind thinks of the
image of the Lord during singing His hymns, the mental substance actually
assumes the form of the image of the Lord. The impression of the object thought
of is left in the mind. This is called Samskara. When the act is repeated very
often, the Samskaras gain strength by repetition, and a tendency or habit is
formed in the mind. He who entertains thoughts of Divinity, becomes transformed
actually into the Divinity himself by constant thinking. His Bhava or
disposition is purified and divinised. When one sings the hymns of Lord Siva, he
is in tune with the Lord. The individual mind melts in the cosmic mind. He who
sings the hymns becomes one with Lord Siva.

Just as fire has the natural
property of burning inflammable things, so also the Name of Lord Siva has the
power of burning the sins, Samskaras and Vasanas and bestowing eternal bliss and
everlasting peace on those who repeat the Name of the Lord.

Just as
burning quality is natural and inherent in fire, so also the power of destroying
sins with their very root and branch and bringing the aspirant into blissful
union with the Lord through Bhava Samadhi, is natural and inherent in the Name
of God.

O friends! Take refuge in the Name of Siva. Sing His hymns. Nami
and Name are inseparable. Sing Lord Siva’s hymns incessantly. Remember the Name
of the Lord with every incoming and outgoing breath. In this Iron Age,
Nama-Smarana or singing the hymns is the easiest, quickest, safest and surest
way to reach God and attain Immortality and perennial joy. Glory to Lord Siva!
Glory to His Name!!

Ravana propitiated Lord Siva by his hymns.
Pushpadanta pleased Lord Siva by his celebrated Stotra—Siva Mahimna Stotra,
which is even now sung by all devotees of Siva throughout India, and obtained
all Aisvarya or Siddhis and Mukti. The glory of the Stotras of Siva is
indescribable. You must all sing the hymns of Lord Siva and obtain His grace and
salvation, not in the unknown future, but right now in this very second. You can
please Lord Siva easily. Fast on the Sivaratri day. If you cannot do this, take
milk and fruits. Keep perfect vigil the whole night and sing His Stotras, and
repeat ‘Om Namah Sivaya’. May the blessings of Lord Siva be upon you all!

Om
Santih! Santih! Santih!

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  • Narasimhaye: If you are able to talk to your or sister and your girl cousins, you will be able to speak to any girl you like. Don't be shy. Try to be confident in
  • arjun: sir please help me I cannot talk to any girl I'm not frank and I am very afraid of doing things I think what the world will think I don't have confide
  • Narasimhaye: I meant do Puja , not pika sorry.
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