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Transcript of Mantra Purascharan
IMPORTANCE OF FIVE FACES OF PARAMESHVARA
September 3, 2011 at 1:34pm1. SADYOJATA - WEST FACEWest is called as Paschima or Pratyak. The soul is called as Pratyagaatma. Hence the west face of Shiva enters the Jeevi and causes JEEVANA (life) to be led. SADYOJATA is a compound of two words. Sadyaha which means just now and Jataha means now born. Shiva makes his presence felt through the countless souls being born. Hence the apt name SADYOJATA. This shows the creative aspect of Parameshvara. The well known Pancha Brahma Mantra in the Vedas contain five stanzas and the first stanza Is about SADYOJATA aspect of Lord Shiva. Since the very existence of any being starts from its birth, the SADYOJATA aspect of Lord Shiva is prayed first.
Probably because of this aspect that the tradition in Nepals Pashupatinatha temple is to show the western side of the Shiva Linga named as SADYO JATA. It is only during Abhisheka to the Shiva Lingam that the other three faces are allowed for Darshana.
The essence of the SADYO JATA Mantra is : O! Lord ! Sadyojaata, never give me desires which are the reason for this countless births and deaths. Please Bless me with the passion for liberation. My prayers to SADYO JAATA.
This SADYOJATA aspect is correlated with the following
To SHI Beekakshara in Panchakshara Mantra
To Mano Maya Kosha amongst the five Koshas
To AGNI principle among five principles Pancha Bhuta.
To MANIPURAKA CHAKRA among six Chakras
To PANCHAMA Swara among the seven Swaras
To MA in OMKARA
Let us pray that SADYOJATA face of Lord Shiva.
SHIVAM SHAANTAM JAGANNATHAMLOKAANUGRAHA KAARANAMSHIVAM EKAM PARAM VANDESHIKAARAAYA NAMO NAMAHA
2.VAAMA DEVA NORTH FACE
The term VAMA means Left or innocent. If we stand facing east, North direction is to our left. Hence the north facing Shiva is worshipped as Vaama Deva. The left of a person is representative of the Shakti aspect. It represents Maya and the feminine strength and beauty, Hence in ARDHA NAREESHWARA aspect, we find the goddess on the left side.
The beautiful VAAMA DEVA is more ancient that the worlds creation. Hence he is the eldest. Since he is more worthy than others, he is the best. In catastrophic times, he is Rudra. He is KAALA in creation and causes the erosion of ones age.
KAM means Sukha or enjoyment. KALA means receiving the enjoyment. It means to receive enjoyment and be happy.
Since VAAMA DEVA makes the life live-able by giving happiness, he is called as KALA VIKARANA
Since he un-energizes the demons, he is called as BALA VIKARANA
Since he is the essence of all energies, he is called as BALA
Since he exhibits his energy in all living beings, he is called as BALA PRAMATHA"
Since he controls all living beings, he is called as SARVA BHUTA DAMANA
Since he cleanses and betters the mind, he is MANONMANA
He is also called as UNMANI meaning one who causes SAMADHI state.
He removes demonic nature, give liberal and charity mind.
This VAAMA DEVA aspect is correlated with the following
To VAA Beekakshara in Panchakshara Mantra
To VIJNAANA Maya Kosha amongst the five Koshas
To VAAYU principle among five principles Pancha Bhuta
To ANAHATA CHAKRA among six Chakras
To DAIVATA Swara among the seven Swaras
To BINDU in OMKARA.
Let us offer prayers to such VAMADEVA
VAAHANAM VRUSHABHO YASYAVASUKIHI KANTHA BHUSHANAMVAAME SHATI DHARAM VANDEVA KAARAAYA NAMO NAMAHA
3. AGHORA - SOUTH FACEIf we stand facing east, south is our right. Hence right side is called as BALA. As important as right hand is for humans, The South face is important to Lord Shiva. This is also famously known as DAKSHINA MURTHY. In Kathmandus Pashupatinatha Temple, This southern face of Shiva Lingam is decorated as Buddha, the Jnana Swarupa of Lord Narayana on every 14th day of fortnight. On full moon night, a heap of freshly cooked rice is poured on the southern side and decorated as a Shiva Linga. The minimally dressed temple staff enthusiastically do this even in dreaded winter chill.
To know about the essence of the AGHORA principle of Lord Shiva, one has to understand the meaning of the AGHORA MANTRA among the PANCHA BRAHMA MANTRA.
GHORA means dreaded. One gets dreaded because of Rajas and Tamas qualities. AGHORA means a raw state of being without the feelings of RAJAS and TAMAS qualities. This is raw energy. Pure knowledge is Pure energy. Hence Lord Shiva in the form of DAKSHINA MURTHY gives this pure knowledge to the seeker. But in Lord Shiva, along with this pure knowledge face exists the dreaded TAMAS and RAJAS forms. Lord Shiva displays the relevant nature of his being depending on the Karma cycle of a person. At the times of annihilation, Lord Shiva assumed the raw powers of nature and removes the living beings. Our prayers to that energy which assumes the form as needed.
Those who worshipped the AGHORA form of Shiva were called as AGHORIS. Their main belief is that there is no such thing called inauspicious in this world because all that exists if Shiva himself. They generally live in graveyards and are naked. They use those things which the world has branded as inauspicious. They perform harsh penance. Those who worship AGHORA form of Shiva are saved from natural catastrophe, water hardships and life threats.
This AGHORA aspect is correlated with the following
To MA Beekakshara in Panchakshara Mantra
To Prana Maya Kosha amongst the five Koshas
To JALA principle among five principles Pancha Bhuta
To SVADHISHTHANA CHAKRA among six Chakras
To MADHMAYA Swara among the seven Swaras
To U in OMKARA.
Our prayers to such AGHORA form of Shiva
Mahadevam MahatmanamMaha Paataka NashanamMaha Paapa Haram VandeMakaaraaya Namo Namaha
4. TATPURUSHA EAST FACEThe word TAT represents Paramatma. TATPURUSHA means Saguna filled Para Brahma form. This is a important face of Parama Shiva. The form of Shiva that is in meditation and Blessing the world is this face. Hence this eastern face is considered as the first face. The word TATPURUSHA means his person. One who is always behind a person to protect is TATPURUSHA.
This TATPURUSHA aspect is correlated with the following
To NA Beekakshara in Panchakshara Mantra
To Anna Maya Kosha amongst the five Koshas
To EARTH principle among five principles Pancha Bhuta
To MULADHARA CHAKRA among six Chakras
To SHADJA (sa), RUSHABHA (ri) AND GANDHARA (ga) Swaras among the seven Swaras
To A in OMKARA.
Our prayers to this TATPURUSHA form of Lord Shiva
Namaste Deva DeveshaNamaste ParameshvaraNamaste VrushabharuudhaNa Kaaraaya Namo Namaha5. EESHANA - SKYWARD FACE
The word ISHVARA is form the root IiSHA AISHWARYE. Total wealth means the total control and ownership of all the fourteen worlds. Such form of Shiva, who is the total owner of the fourteen worlds, is called as EESHANA.
This face is skywards. Which means it is on top of the other four faces which face the four directions. This fifth face of Shiva represents the creation balance annihilation energies and control and chaos energies. EESHANA face of Shiva which is skywards indicates the total encompassing energy of Lord Shiva. This EESHANA aspect is correlated with the following
To YA Beekakshara in Panchakshara Mantra
To Ananda Maya Kosha amongst the five Koshas
To AAKASHA (ether) principle among five principles Pancha Bhuta
To VISHUDDHA, AJNA & SAHASRARA CHAKRA among six Chakras
To NISHADA (ni) Swara among the seven Swaras
To Nada aspect in OMKARA.
Let us pray such EESHANA form of Lord Shiva.
Yatra Kutra Sthitam DevamSarva Vyaapi NamishvaramYallingam PuujayeennithyamYa Kaaraaya Namo Namaha
Some say that on the base of this PASHUPATINATHA Shiva Linga in Kathmandu is the bottom nether world facing aspect of Lord Shiva called as KAALA AGNI RUDRA face. This face is known for Tantra practices. Because Nepals Pashupatinatha has this face, Tantra practices are still believed in Nepal.
I urge you all to single mindedly pray for the Blessings of this five faced Shiva aspects of Pashupatinatha on this auspicious MAHA SHIVARATRI night. Lord Shiva is called as ASHUTOSHA in North India. Ashu means quick, Tosha means happy person. Hence the term BHOLENATH for Lord Shiva.
Chant the Shiva Panchakshari OM NAMAH SHIVAAYA