रुद्राक्ष वृक्ष

रुद्राक्ष के वृक्ष भारत समेत विश्व के अनेक देशों में पाए जाते हैं. यह भारत के पहाड़ी क्षेत्रों तथा मैदानी इलाकों में भरपूर मात्रा में मौजूद होते हैं. रुद्राक्ष का पेड़ किसी अन्य वृक्ष की भांति ही होता है, इसके वृक्ष 50 से लेकर 200 फीट तक पाए जाते हैं तथा इसके पत्ते आकार में लंबे होते हैं. रुद्राक्ष के फूलों का रंग सफेद होता है तथा इस पर लगने वाला फल गोल आकार का होता है जिसके अंदर से गुठली रुप में रुद्राक्ष प्राप्त होता है.

रुद्राक्ष का फल खाने में अधिक स्वादिष्ट नहीं होता इसके फलों का स्वाद कुछ खटा या फिर कसैला सा होता है. इसके हरे फल पकने के पश्चात स्वयं ही गिर जाते हैं और जब उनका आवरण हटता है तो एक उसमे से अमूल्य रुद्राक्ष निकलते हैं. यह इन फलों की गुठली ही होती है. रुद्राक्ष में धारियां सी बनी होती है जो इनके मुखों का निर्धारण करती हैं. रुद्राक्ष को अनेक प्रकार की महीन सफाई प्रक्रिया द्वारा उपयोग में लाने के लिए तैयार किया जाता है जिसे उपयोग में लाकर सभी लाभ उठाते हैं.

भारत के विभिन्न प्रदेशों में रुद्राक्ष |

रुद्राक्ष भारत, के हिमालय के प्रदेशों में पाए जाते हैं. इसके अतिरिक्त असम, मध्य प्रदेश, उतरांचल, अरूणांचल प्रदेश, बंगाल, हरिद्वार, गढ़वाल और देहरादून के जंगलों में पर्याप्त मात्र में यह रुद्राक्ष पाए जाते हैं. इसके अलावा दक्षिण भारत में नीलगिरि और मैसूर में तथा कर्नाटक में भी रुद्राक्ष के वृक्ष देखे जा सकते हैं. रामेश्वरम में भी रुद्राक्ष पाया जाता है यहां का रुद्राक्ष काजु की भांति होता है. गंगोत्री और यमुनोत्री के क्षेत्र में भी रुद्राक्ष मिलते हैं.

नेपाल और इंडोनेशिया से प्राप्त रुद्राक्ष |

नेपाल, इंडोनेशिया, मलेशिया आदि प्रमुख रूप से रुद्राक्ष के बहुत बड़े उत्पादक रहे हैं और भारत सबसे बडा़ ख़रीदार रहा है. नेपाल में पाए जाने वाले रुद्राक्ष आकार में काफी बडे़ होते हैं, लेकिन इंडोनेशिया और मलेशिया में पाए जाने वाले रुद्राक्ष आकार में छोटे होते हैं. भारत में रुद्राक्ष भारी मात्रा में नेपाल और इंडोनेशिया से मंगाए जाते हैं और रुद्राक्ष का कारोबार अरबों में होता है. सिक्के के आकार का रुद्राक्ष, जो ‘इलयोकैरपस जेनीट्रस’ प्रजाति का होता है, बेहद दुर्लभ होता जो नेपाल से प्राप्त होता है.

विश्व के अनेक देशों में रुद्राक्ष |

भारत के अतिरिक्त विश्व के अनेक देशों में रुद्राक्ष की खेती की जाती है तथा इसके वृक्ष पाए जाते हैं. नेपाल, जावा, इंडोनेशिया, मलाया जैसे देशों में रुद्राक्ष उत्पन्न होता है. नेपाल ओर इंनेशिया में मिलने वाले रुद्राक्ष भारत में मिलने वाले रुद्राक्षों से अलग होते हैं. नेपाल में बहुत बडे़ आकार का रुद्राक्ष पाया जाता है तथा यहां पर मिलने वाले रुद्राक्ष की किस्में भी बहुत अच्छी मानी गई हैं. नेपाल में एक मुखी रुद्राक्ष बेहतरीन किस्म का होता है.

रुद्राक्ष के समान ही एक अन्य फल होता है जिसे भद्राक्ष कहा जाता है, और यह रुद्राक्ष के जैसा हो दिखाई देता है इसलिए कुछ लोग रुद्राक्ष के स्थान पर इसे भी नकली रुद्राक्ष के रुप में बेचते हैं. भद्राक्ष दिखता तो रुद्राक्ष की भांति ही है किंतु इसमें रुद्राक्ष जैसे गुण नहीं होते.

माना जाता है कि भारत में बिकने वाले 80 फीसदी रुद्राक्ष फर्जी होते हैं और उन्हें तराश कर बनाया जाता है. इसलिए रुद्राक्ष को खरीदने से पहले इसके गुणवत्ता को देखना बेहद आवश्यक है. अपने औषधीय और आध्यात्मिक गुणों के कारण रुद्राक्ष का प्रचलन बहुत है. रुद्राक्ष के गुणों के कारण ही सदियों से ऋषि-मुनि इसे धारण करते आए हैं.

Om Namah Shivay

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Maya – The Illusion Of The Soul

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Maya – The Illusion Of The Soul ::

Maya is both an aspect and function of prakriti. The dynamic power of Siva is called prakriti or shakti. In his aspect as suppressor (vamadeva), Siva uses maya as his concealing power to suppress his own powers in the beings and objects he creates. It is not uncommon to see the words maya and prakriti being used interchangeably to denote shakti. To avoid confusion, in this article we prefer to use maya as an aspect and function of prakriti rather than prakriti itself and also use the word prakriti and shakti synonymously or interchangeably. Maya in Saivism is considered as one of the three impurities that bind the jivas to the mortal worlds through delusion. The other two impurities are anava (egoism) and karma (willful actions).

Monistic schools and dualistic schools of Saivism differ in their interpretation of the relationship between Siva and Shakti and whether they are separable or inseparable. While both sides accept Siva as the efficient cause of creation, they differ on the point of which of the two actually is the material cause of the universe. Monistic schools consider Siva as the primary cause of everything. Dualistic schools argue that Siva, jivas and shakti coexist eternally and that they can neither be created nor destroyed. In their highest aspect they may be
similar but in the lower planes of creation their distinction becomes more pronounced. Whatever be the truth, maya is employed to conceal in the jivas Siva consciousness and the super natural powers of Siva.

Pure Beings and Pure Worlds

Maya is employed differently in different planes of creation. In the highest plane of supreme consciousness, prakriti or shakti radiates the supreme powers of Siva in their unlimited and uninhibited aspect. The five powers of Siva
manifest in these worlds to their optimum capacity. They are

1) chit-shakti–kaala (time)–Limitations in the experience of absoluteness and unity of eternality or infinity.

2) iccha-shakti niyati (space) Limitations in the execution and manifestation of will

3) jnana-shakti vidya (knowledge) Limitations in knowing

4) kriya-shakti kala (power) Limitations in manifestation

5) ananda-shakti raga (passion) Limitations in the experience of joy and love and sense of being.

Om Namah Shivay

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केदारनाथ मंदिर

सच्ची श्रद्धा

नगरका नाम और ठीक समय याद नहीं है। वर्षा-ऋतु बीती जा रही थी; किंतु वर्षा नहीं हुई थी। किसानोंके खेत सूख रहे थे। चारे के अभाव में पशु मरणासन्न हो गये थे। जब कोई मानव-प्रयास सफल नहीं होता, तब मनुष्य उस त्रिभुवन के स्वामीकी ओर देखता है। गाँवके सब लोग गिरजाघरमें एकत्र हुए वर्षाके लिये प्रार्थना करने। एक छोटा बालक भी आया था; किंतु वह आया था अपने साथ छोटा सा छाता लेकर। किसी ने उससे पूछा-‘तुझे क्या इतनी धूप लगती है कि छाता लाया है?’

बालक बोला-‘वर्षा होगी तो घर भीगते जाना पड़ेगा, इससे मैं छाता लाया हूँ कि भीगना न पड़े।’

प्रार्थना की जायगी और वर्षा नहीं होगी, यह संदेह उस शुद्धचित बालक के मन में नहीं उठा। जहाँ इतना सरल विश्वास है, वहाँ प्रार्थना के पूर्ण होनेमें संदेह कहाँ। प्रार्थना पूर्ण होते-होते तो आकाश बादलों से ढ़क चुका था और झड़ी प्रारम्भ हो गयी थी। बालक अपना छाता लगाये आराम से घर गया। यह वर्षा इतनी भीड़ के प्रार्थना करनेसे होती या नहीं, कौन कह सकता है; किंतु वह हुई, क्योंकि प्रार्थना करनेवालोंमें वह सच्चा श्रद्धालु बालक भी था।

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करोड़ों हिंदुओं की आस्था के प्रतीक केदारनाथ मंदिर के कुछ महत्वपूर्ण राज पहली बार उजागर हुए हैं। भारतीय पुरातत्व सर्वेक्षण विभाग (एएसआई) को मंदिर के 11-12वीं सदी में निर्मित होने प्रमाण मिले हैं।

केदारनाथ मंदिर की दीवारों पर उकेरे गए अक्षरों (पुरालेखों) के अध्ययन के बाद विभाग इस निष्कर्ष पर पहुंचा। मंदिर की दीवारों पर प्रारंभिक नागरी व नागरी में लिखे अक्षर मिले, जो 11-12वीं सदी में ही लिखे जाते थे।

गौरतलब है कि पिछले साल जून में आई प्राकृतिक आपदा के बाद केदारनाथ मंदिर के भीतर जमकर मलबा भर गया था। एएसआई को मलबे की सफाई के दौरान मंदिर की दीवारों पर जगह-जगह अक्षर (पुरालेख) गुदे हुए मिले, जिनके अध्ययन के लिए मैसूर से विभाग की इफिग्राफी ब्रांच के विशेषज्ञ बुलाए गए थे।

इफिग्राफी ब्रांच के निदेशक डॉ. रविशंकर की ओर से अध्ययन रिपोर्ट तैयार कर विभाग के महानिदेशक व क्षेत्रीय कार्यालय, देहरादून को भेजी गई है। रिपोर्ट में कहा गया है कि पुरालेख प्रारंभिक नागरी व नागरी में दर्ज हैं, जिससे माना जा सकता है कि मंदिर 11-12वीं सदी में अस्तित्व में आया।

विशेषज्ञों ने चिंता भी जाहिर की कि पुरालेखों में किसी तारीख का उल्लेख नहीं मिला। न ही किसी राजवंश का नाम दीवारों में दर्ज पाया गया।

महत्वपूर्ण तथ्य यह भी पता चला कि यह पुरालेख मंदिर में आने श्रद्धालुओं या आमजन का है। इनकी लिखावट आड़ी-तिरछी पाई गई, क्योंकि किसी राजा या खास पुरालेख में बनावट आदि का विशेष ख्याल रखा जाता था। पुरालेखों में दान देने, भगवान को नमन करने व मंदिर तक सकुशल पहुंचने आदि का जिक्र मिला है।

अब तक मंदिर निर्माण की मान्यताएं

एक मान्यता के अनुसार केदारनाथ मंदिर को आठवीं सदी में आदि शंकराचार्य ने बनवाया था, जबकि राहुल सांकृत्यायन द्वारा लिखित अभिलेखों में मंदिर को 12-13वीं शताब्दी का बताया गया।

वहीं, ग्वालियर में मिली एक राज भोज स्तुति में मंदिर को 1076-99 काल का माना गया। पांडव या उनके वंशज जनमेजय के समय भी मंदिर निर्माण की बात सामने आती है।

Om Namah Shivay

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Impure Beings and Impure Worlds

Impure Beings and Impure Worlds

In the lower planes, shakti unveils its fivefold maya and veils the fivefold powers of Siva. This veiling creates illusory distinction between Siva and the beings and limits their awareness so that they do not know who they actually are or what their powers are. So while pure beings possess supernatural powers, impure beings are limited in their powers. While pure beings can move without moving, know without the effort to know, manifest things at will or live in a state of bliss, impure beings experience great difficulty in accomplishing them or cannot accomplish them at all. Shadows of their true selves, they are free beings in their inner worlds but bound in their external world. The following table explains which powers are concealed and what limitations arise from each concealment.

Energy of Siva Veiled or Concealed or Hidden The Veiling Aspect of Maya at Work Resulting Limitation
1 chit-shakti kaala (time) Limitations in the experience of absoluteness and unity of eternality or infinity.
2 iccha-shakti
niyati (space) Limitations in the execution and manifestation of will
3 jnana-shakti vidya (knowledge) Limitations in knowing
4 kriya-shakti kala (power) Limitations in manifestation
5 ananda-shakti raga (passion) Limitations in the experience of joy and love and sense of being.

The Grand Delusion

Maya is responsible for the delusion of souls. Ignorance is the cause of delusion and also in a way its product. Ignorance and delusion feed upon each other and keep the souls bound to their limited and deluded existence. Under its influence, souls act contrary to their true nature and suffer from an endless chain of cause and effect. Delusion manifests in several ways.

Deluded by maya beings:

Develop false notions of self
Develop attachment through senses with sense objects
Become selfish and egoistic
Fail to discriminate between truth and falsehood
Suffer from the limitations of time and space
Liberation the End of the Game

If the cyclical process of creation begins with the act of Siva and prakriti manifesting themselves in phases from source to the subtle and then to the gross, this cycle comes to an end only when they withdraw themselves from the gross into the subtle and then finally into the source itself. Individual souls have the freedom not to wait till it happens on the universal scale. They have the freedom to rid themselves of their impurities and limitations and rediscover their true nature. They can tear apart the veil of maya and set themselves free.

This happens only when a jiva recognizes its true identity. Recognition therefore (pratyabhijna) is the key to freedom. When the jiva becomes aware of its true Siva nature, it rests in the consciousness of Siva and becomes free. Intense aspiration, sincere and disciplined effort, commitment to the path, transcending the ego, guidance of the guru and divine intervention are some of the means to destroy the bonds and experience oneness with Siva.

Abhinavagupta mentions three types of liberation.
Paramuktas are the souls who become absorbed in Parasiva (formless Siva) after liberation.
Aparamuktas are the souls who experience oneness with Siva and join his world of pure beings with some of their individuality still intact.

Jivanmuktas are the souls who are liberated while still in their physical bodies. The Gorakshnatha tradition believes that once union with Siva consciousness is achieved in a state of samadhi, beings are never deluded again. They remain absorbed in their highest consciousness even while performing mundane tasks. They suffer no more from the impurities or duality. Whatever may the path they choose, for Jivanmuktas there are no more births and rebirths.

Om Namah Shivay

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Inscrutable Shiva And Shaiva Siddhanta 

As the curtain is pulled back to reveal the inner sanctum, one is drawn into the world of Nirakara Shiva, beyond even the physical symbolism of a Linga, where the vast expanse of the sky above and the ether zone are mirrored in the `Akasha Linga’ of Chidambaram. Shiva takes his devotees into an interiorised world of consciousness, mapping out the Akasha or sky-ether of the mind, beyond the noumenal world of names and forms.

But is it as abstract as it seems, I wonder, for the Thillai (mangrove) forest ground of the Chidambaram temple is witness to the ananda tandava dance of Shiva, in one of his most beautiful forms as Nataraja, the fountainhead of the creative impulse. Traditional lore views Chidambaram as the site of the original Cosmic Linga, an ellipsoid around which the rest of the universe rotates. This dance of creative bliss is said to have been performed by Shiva for the two sages, Vyghrapada and Patanjali, who had asked for the boon to witness the dance.

Which one is the more seminal attribute of Shiva, I wonder ­ is it the ascetic yogic aspect of Shiva characterised by dispassionate withdrawal and penance, or is it the creatively pulsating energy of Shiva, which calls for an active engagement with the world, in the realisation that the outer embodied universe reflects the disembodied One, that the materiality is also actually spiritual only? As I move into the main dance hall of the Chidambaram complex, I marvel at the persona of Shiva, where different attributes complement each other, not contradict. His all-encompassing compassion and love for devas and asuras alike, without discriminating between the two, reveals a Being in love with creation, not a destroyer. Perhaps what he seeks to destroy is the negativity and the baser elements of our nature.

John Marshall saw a Proto-Shiva in the famous Pashupati seal of Mohenjodaro where four wild animals ­ tiger, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros ­ surround the yogi-God sitting in the meditation pose, the three faces representing Time in its past, present and future dimensions.

The Mahakal, Controller of Time, the Rudra, God of wild beasts and Yogeswara, the Supreme Yogi aspects of Shiva appear to coalesce in this Indus seal. Other traditions like the Tevaram hymns and the Tirumurai compendium of songs in Tamil eulogise the Ashutosh svarupa of Shiva the God who melts at the call of a sincere prayer.

The Tirumurai tradition maps out the philosophy of Shaiva Siddhanta , with its formulation of three eternal entities of God, soul and bondage ­ Pati, pasu and pasam. The Shaiva Siddhanta states that God is One, souls are many and bondage happens because of the three impurities of anava which causes the negativity of soul ­ karma, the law of action-reaction and Maya the cause of all materiality . Maya is real in Shaiva Siddhanta and not an illusion as in Vedanta. Shiva’s Grace alone can help in breaking this bondage and evolution of the Soul to an understanding of the relationship between the Nirakara aspect of the Self and the dynamic aspect of the Self ‘s energy as it manifests .

They say that Shiva is finally within only . But the inscrutable and beautiful outer form of Shiva gives as much solace.

Om Namah Shivay

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Lingashtakam

Lingashtakam: Brahma Murari – in sanskrit with meaning – Stotra on Sri Shiva

लिङ्गाष्टकम्
Lingashtakam

ब्रह्ममुरारिसुरार्चितलिङ्गं निर्मलभासितशोभितलिङ्गम् ।
जन्मजदुःखविनाशकलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥१॥
Brahma-Muraari-Sura-Aarcita-Linggam Nirmala-Bhaasita-Shobhita-Linggam |
Janmaja-Duhkha-Vinaashaka-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||1||

Meaning:
1.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is Adored by Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and the Gods, which is Pure, Shining, and well-Adorned,
1.2: And which Destroys the Sorrows associated with Birth (and human life). I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
देवमुनिप्रवरार्चितलिङ्गं कामदहं करुणाकरलिङ्गम् ।
रावणदर्पविनाशनलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥२॥
Deva-Muni-Pravara-Aarcita-Linggam Kaama-Dahan Karunnaa-Kara-Linggam |
Raavanna-Darpa-Vinaashana-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||2||

Meaning:
2.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is Worshipped by the Gods and the Best of Sages, which Burns the Desires, which is Compassionate,
2.2: And which Destroyed the Pride of demon Ravana. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
सर्वसुगन्धिसुलेपितलिङ्गं बुद्धिविवर्धनकारणलिङ्गम् ।
सिद्धसुरासुरवन्दितलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥३॥
Sarva-Sugandhi-Sulepita-Linggam Buddhi-Vivardhana-Kaaranna-Linggam |
Siddha-Sura-Asura-Vandita-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||3||

Meaning:
3.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is beautifully Smeared with Various Fragrant pastes, which is the Cause behind the Elevation of a person’s (Spiritual) Intelligence and Discernment,
3.2 And which is Praised by the Siddhas, Devas and the Asuras. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
कनकमहामणिभूषितलिङ्गं फणिपतिवेष्टितशोभितलिङ्गम् ।
दक्षसुयज्ञविनाशनलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥४॥
Kanaka-Mahaamanni-Bhuussita-Linggam Phanni-Pati-Vessttita-Shobhita-Linggam |
Dakssa-Su-Yajnya-Vinaashana-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||4||

Meaning:
4.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is Decorated with Gold and other Precious Gems, which is Adorned with the Best of the Serpents Wrapped around it,
4.2: And which Destroyed the Grand Sacrifice (Yajna) of Daksha. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
कुङ्कुमचन्दनलेपितलिङ्गं पङ्कजहारसुशोभितलिङ्गम् ।
सञ्चितपापविनाशनलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥५॥
Kungkuma-Candana-Lepita-Linggam Pangkaja-Haara-Su-Shobhita-Linggam |
San.cita-Paapa-Vinaashana-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||5||

Meaning:
5.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is Anointed with Kumkuma (Saffron) and Chandana (Sandal Paste), which is Beautifully Decorated with Garlands of Lotuses,
5.2: And which Destroys the Accumulated Sins (of several lives). I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
देवगणार्चितसेवितलिङ्गं भावैर्भक्तिभिरेव च लिङ्गम् ।
दिनकरकोटिप्रभाकरलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥६॥
Deva-Ganna-Aarcita-Sevita-Linggam Bhaavair-Bhaktibhir-Eva Ca Linggam |
Dinakara-Kotti-Prabhaakara-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||6||

Meaning:
6.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is Worshipped and Served by the Group of Devas (Gods) with True Bhava (Emotion, Contemplation) and Bhakti (Devotion),
6.2: And which has the Splendour of Million Suns. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
अष्टदलोपरिवेष्टितलिङ्गं सर्वसमुद्भवकारणलिङ्गम् ।
अष्टदरिद्रविनाशितलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥७॥
Asstta-Dalo-Parivessttita-Linggam Sarva-Samudbhava-Kaaranna-Linggam |
Asstta-Daridra-Vinaashita-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||7||

Meaning:
7.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is Surrounded by Eight-Petalled Flowers, which is the Cause behind All Creation,
7.2: And which Destroys the Eight Poverties. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
सुरगुरुसुरवरपूजितलिङ्गं सुरवनपुष्पसदार्चितलिङ्गम् ।
परात्परं परमात्मकलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥८॥
Suraguru-Suravara-Puujita-Linggam Suravana-Pusspa-Sada-Aarcita-Linggam |
Paraatparam Paramaatmaka-Linggam Tat Prannamaami Sadaashiva-Linggam ||8||

Meaning:
8.1: (I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam) Which is Worshipped by the Preceptor of Gods (Lord Brihaspati) and the Best of the Gods, which is Always Worshipped by the Flowers from the Celestial Garden,
8.2: Which is Superior than the Best and which is the Greatest. I Salute that Eternal Shiva Lingam.

Shiva
लिङ्गाष्टकमिदं पुण्यं यः पठेत् शिवसन्निधौ ।
शिवलोकमवाप्नोति शिवेन सह मोदते ॥
Linggaassttakam-Idam Punnyam Yah Patthet Shiva-Sannidhau |
Shivalokam-Avaapnoti Shivena Saha Modate ||

Meaning:
9.1: Whoever Recites this Lingasthakam (hymn consisting of eight stanzas in praise of the Linga) near Shiva (Lingam),
9.2: Will Attain the Abode of Shiva and enjoy His Bliss.

Shiva Manasa Puja

Shiva Manasa Puja: Ratnai Kalpitam Asanam – in sanskrit with meaning – stotra on Sri Shiva

– composed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya

शिवमानसपूजा – रत्नैः कल्पितमासनं
Shiva Manasa Puja – Ratnai Kalpitam Asanam

Sri Shiva

रत्नैः कल्पितमासनं हिमजलैः स्नानं च दिव्याम्बरं
नानारत्नविभूषितं मृगमदामोदाङ्कितं चन्दनम् ।
जातीचम्पकबिल्वपत्ररचितं पुष्पं च धूपं तथा
दीपं देव दयानिधे पशुपते हृत्कल्पितं गृह्यताम् ॥१॥
Ratnaih Kalpitam-Aasanam Hima-Jalaih Snaanam Ca Divya-Ambaram
Naanaa-Ratna-Vibhuussitam Mrga-Madaa-Moda-Angkitam Candanam |
Jaatii-Campaka-Bilva-Patra-Racitam Pusspam Ca Dhuupam Tathaa
Diipam Deva Dayaa-Nidhe Pashupate Hrt-Kalpitam Grhyataam ||1||

Meaning:
1.1: (O Pashupati, please accept my Mental Worship of You) I offer an Asanam (Seat) studded with Gems for You to Sit on; I Bathe You in Cool Waters from the Himalayas; and with Divine Clothes …
1.2: … decorated with various Gems, and with Marks of Sandal Paste of the Musk Deer (Kasturi), I Adorn Your Form,
1.3: I Offer You Flowers composed of Jaati (Jasmine) and Campaka (Magnolia), along with Bilva Leaves, and wave Incense sticks …
1.4: … and Oil Lamp before You, O Deva, You Who are an Ocean of Compassion and the Pashupati (the Lord of the Pashus or beings); Please Accept my Offerings made within my Heart.

Shiva
सौवर्णे नवरत्नखण्डरचिते पात्रे घृतं पायसं
भक्ष्यं पञ्चविधं पयोदधियुतं रम्भाफलं पानकम् ।
शाकानामयुतं जलं रुचिकरं कर्पूरखण्डोज्ज्वलं
ताम्बूलं मनसा मया विरचितं भक्त्या प्रभो स्वीकुरु ॥२॥
Sauvarnne Nava-Ratna-Khanndda-Racite Paatre Ghrtam Paayasam
Bhakssyam Pan.ca-Vidham Payo-Dadhi-Yutam Rambhaa-Phalam Paanakam |
Shaakaanaam-Ayutam Jalam Rucikaram Karpuura-Khannddo[a-U]jjvalam
Taambuulam Manasaa Mayaa Viracitam Bhaktyaa Prabho Sviikuru ||2||

Meaning:
2.1: (O Pashupati, please accept my Mental Worship of You) I Offer You Ghrita (Ghee or Clarified Butter) and Payasa (a sweet food prepared with Rice and Milk) in a Golden Bowl studded with Nine types of Gems, …
2.2: … and then Offer Five types of different Food preparations, and a special preparation composed of Payas (Milk), Dadhi (Curd) and Rambhaphala (Plaintain),
2.3: For drinking I Offer You Tasteful Water scented with various Fruits and Vegetables; then I wave a piece of Lighted Camphor before You …
2.4: … and finally offer a Tambula (Betel Leaf) and complete my Food Offering; O Lord, please Accept my Food Offerings I created in my Mind through Devotional Contemplation.

Shiva
छत्रं चामरयोर्युगं व्यजनकं चादर्शकं निर्मलं
वीणाभेरिमृदङ्गकाहलकला गीतं च नृत्यं तथा ।
साष्टाङ्गं प्रणतिः स्तुतिर्बहुविधा ह्येतत्समस्तं मया
सङ्कल्पेन समर्पितं तव विभो पूजां गृहाण प्रभो ॥३॥
Chatram Caamarayor-Yugam Vyajanakam Ca-Adarshakam Nirmalam
Viinnaa-Bheri-Mrdangga-Kaahala-Kalaa Giitam Ca Nrtyam Tathaa |
Saassttaanggam Prannatih Stutir-Bahu-Vidhaa Hye[i-E]tat-Samastam Mayaa
Sangkalpena Samarpitam Tava Vibho Puujaam Grhaanna Prabho ||3||

Meaning:
3.1: (O Pashupati, please accept my Mental Worship of You) I Offer You a Canopy (Umbrella) for Cool Shade and with a Pair of hand Fans made of Chamara, I Fan You; I Offer You a Shining Clean Mirror (representing the Purity of Devotion in my Heart),
3.2: I fill the Place with Divine Songs and Dances accompanied by Music from Veena (a stringed musical instrument), Bheri (a kettle drum), Mridanga (a kind of drum) and Kaahala (a large drum),
3.3: In this Divine surroundings, I do Full Prostration (Sasthanga Pranam) before You and then Sing various Hymns in Your Praise; All these are by me …
3.4: … created in my Heart and Offered to You; O Lord, Please accept my Mental Worship.

Shiva
आत्मा त्वं गिरिजा मतिः सहचराः प्राणाः शरीरं गृहं
पूजा ते विषयोपभोगरचना निद्रा समाधिस्थितिः ।
सञ्चारः पदयोः प्रदक्षिणविधिः स्तोत्राणि सर्वा गिरो
यद्यत्कर्म करोमि तत्तदखिलं शम्भो तवाराधनम् ॥४॥
Aatmaa Tvam Girijaa Matih Sahacaraah Praannaah Shariiram Grham
Puujaa Te Vissayo[a-U]pabhoga-Racanaa Nidraa Samaadhi-Sthitih |
San.caarah Padayoh Pradakssinna-Vidhih Stotraanni Sarvaa Giro
Yad-Yat-Karma Karomi Tat-Tad-Akhilam Shambho Tava-Araadhanam ||4||

Meaning:
4.1: O Lord, You are my Atma (Soul), Devi Girija (the Divine Mother) is my Buddhi (Pure Intellect), the Shiva Ganas (the Companions or Attendants) are my Prana and my Body is Your Temple,
4.2: My Interactions with the World are Your Worship and my Sleep is the State of Samadhi (complete absorption in You),
4.3: My Feet Walking about is Your Pradakshina (Circumambulation); all my Speech are Your Hymns of Praises,
4.4: Whatever work I do, all that is Your Aradhana (Worship), O Shambhu.

Shiva
करचरणकृतं वाक्कायजं कर्मजं वा
श्रवणनयनजं वा मानसं वापराधम् ।
विहितमविहितं वा सर्वमेतत्क्षमस्व
जय जय करुणाब्धे श्रीमहादेव शम्भो ॥५॥
Kara-Caranna-Krtam Vaak-Kaaya-Jam Karma-Jam Vaa
Shravanna-Nayana-Jam Vaa Maanasam Va-Aparaadham |
Vihitam-Avihitam Vaa Sarvam-Etat-Kssamasva
Jaya Jaya Karunna-Abdhe Shrii-Mahaadeva Shambho ||5||

Meaning:
5.1: Whatever Sins have been Committed by Actions Performed by my Hands and Feet, Produced by my Speech and Body, Or my Works,
5.2: Produced by my Ears and Eyes, Or Sins Committed by my Mind (i.e. Thoughts),
5.3: While Performing Actions which are Prescribed (i.e. duties prescribed by tradition or allotted duties in one’s station of life), As Well as All other Actions which are Not explicitly Prescribed (i.e. actions done by self-judgement, by mere habit, without much thinking, unknowingly etc); Please Forgive Them All,
5.4: Victory, Victory to You, O Sri Mahadeva Shambho, I Surrender to You, You are an Ocean of Compassion.

Om Namah Shivay

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