Sunday, April 26, 2009

Shiva Panchakshari Stotra - Mantra - Meaning

This online video is part of Shiva songs.

This is a very good video with the chanting of Shiva Panchakshari (five lettered) Mantra Strotram. The strotram has been composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Panchakshari mantra means mantra made by 5 syllables or letters from Sanskrit Language. The five letters are १। Na न २.Mha मः ३। Shi शि Va वा Ya य।

It makes नमः शिवाय

Aum ॐ is called moola mantra meaning root of the mantra from where all other mantras evolve. Often the moola mantra or root mantra is chanted as Aum Namha Shivay (लिस्ट ऑफ़ अल). Aum being the complete Mantra the basic sound of Universe . विडोस ऑफ़ लोर्ड शिव letter . The scientists working on the subtleties of material world have discovered that more they go deeper into the material what we think and feel as gross is not so. The table or chair or a stone we see seems to be so gross. Yet going deeper everything is constantly moving inside. The atoms nuclear are constantly in a flow.

Moreover at a point the behavior is simultaneous of a sound wave and that of energy. Yogis and spiritual seekers works on the subtleties of the self, and discovered a universal sound Aum. At that level they say there is nothing but the sound Aum. Similarity in sounds are found of Amen in Christianity and Amin in Islam. Because the sound cannot be pronounced but have to be felt and herd. When one reaches that level the divine experience of SatChitAnand (consciousness of divine ecstasy). There are many meanings attributed to the word Aum but more important is the experiencing. A post on meaning of Mantras has already been written on Sai Baba blog.
The Lyrics or text of the strotram given below in English
Nagendraharaya Trilochanaya
Bhasmangaragaya Maheshvaraya
Nityaya Shuddhaya Digambaraya
Tasmai Nakaraya Namah Shivaya .. 1

Mandakini salila chandana charchitaya
Nandishvara pramathanatha Maheshvaraya
Mandarapushpa bahupushhpa supujitaya
Tasmai Makaraya Namah Shivaya .. 2
Shivaya Gauri vadanabjavrunda
Suryaya Dakshadhvara Nashakaya
Shrinilakanthaya Vrushhadhvajaya
Tasmai Shikaraya Namah Shivaya .. 3
Vasishhtha kumbhodbhava gautamarya
Munindra devarchita shekharaya .
Chandrarkavaishvanara lochanaya
Tasmai Vakaraya Namah Shivaya .. 4
Yakshasvarupaya Jatadharaya
Pinakahastaya Sanatanaya
Divyaya Devaya Digambaraya
Tasmai Yakaraya Namah Shivaya .. 5

The lyrics or text of Shiva Panchakshari Mantra Strotra in Hindi or Sanskrit script below

नागेन्द्रहराया त्रिलोचनाय
भास्मंगारागाया महेश्वराय
नित्याय शुद्धाय दिगम्बराय
तस्मै नकाराय नमः शिवाय .. १

मन्दाकिनी सलिला चंदना चर्चिताय
नंदिश्वारा प्रमाथानाथा महेश्वराय
मंदारापुश्पा बहुपुश्ह्पा सुपुजिताया
तस्मै मकाराय नमः शिवाय .. २
शिवाय गौरी वादानाब्जवृन्दा
सूर्याय दक्शाध्वारा नशाकाया
श्रीनिलाकंथाया व्रुश्ढ़वाजय
तस्मै शिकाराय नमः शिवाय .. ३
वसिष्ठ कुम्भोद्भावा गौतामार्य
मुनीन्द्र देवार्चिता शेखाराया .
चन्द्रर्कावैश्वनारा लोचानाया
तस्मै वकाराय नमः शिवाय .. ४
यक्शास्वरुपाया जताधाराया
पिनाकहस्ताया सनातनाय
दिव्याय देवाय दिगम्बराय
तस्मै यकाराय नमः शिवाय .. ५

Meaning of The Shiva Panchakshari Mantra Strotra

Salutations to Shiva, who wears the king of snakes as a garland, the
three-eyed god, whose body is smeared with ashes, the great lord, the
eternal and pure one, who wears the directions as his garment, and who
is represented by the syllable ``na ''
I bow to Shiva, who has been worshiped with water from the Ganga
(Mandakini) and anointed with sandalwood paste, the lord of Nandi, the
lord of the host of goblins and ghosts, the great lord, who is worshiped
with Mandara and many other kinds of flowers, and who is represented by
the syllable ``ma. ''
Salutations to Shiva, who is all-auspiciousness, who is the sun that
causes the lotus face of Gauri (Parvati) to blossom, who is the
destroyer of the yajna of Daksha, whose throat is blue (Nilakantha),
whose flag bears the emblem of the bull, and who is represented by the
syllable ``shi. ''
Vasishhtha, Agastya, Gautama, and other venerable sages, and Indra and
other gods have worshipped the head of (Shiva's linga). I bow to that
Shiva whose three eyes are the moon, sun and fire, and who is
represented by the syllable ``va. ''
salutations to Shiva, who bears the form of a Yaksha, who has matted
hair on his head, who bears the Pinaka bow in his hand, the primeval
lord, the brilliant god, who is digambara (naked), and who is
represented by the syllable ``ya. ''

Falastuti (the fruit) one gets for chanting this strotram

पन्चाक्षरामिदम पुन्यम यह पठेच्छिवासंनिधाऊ.
शिवलोकमवाप्नोति शिवेन सहा मोदते.
Panchaksharamidam Punyam Yah Pathechchhivasannidhau.
Shivalokamavapnoti Shivena Saha Modate।

Any one reciting this sacred mool mantra sitting in a sacred place or in Shiva Temple merges back into the Shiva (Sat Chit ananda) A little more about the mantra chanting.

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