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    Panchakshara mantra

    Namaste!
    Everyone know the panchakshara mantra, which is most important in shaivism, made up of five letters (na mah shi va ya)
    I want to know its meaning, I know some meanings like-
    1. Namah means salutation, so it simply means salutation to Shiva, (Shiva means auspicious n perfect god)
    2. Na- not mah-mine means not mine, means everything is not belongs to me but to lord Shiva, means everything is of lord Shiva.. It decrease ur ego by saying its not mine but Shivay.
    3.Om the holy letter also bow to Shiva.
    In which I am confuse in 1 and 2... What actually Om Namah Shivay means?
    As I always recite mantra by feeling its meaning, so which is most correct and fruitful in 1 and 2...
    Pranam
    Aasato ma sat gamay
    tamaso ma jotirgamay
    mrityorma amrutamgamay
    (Bring me from asat to sat, bring me from darkness (ignorance) to light (knowledge), bring me from death to immortality)
    Om Namah Shivay
    Om Vishnave Namah

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    Re: Panchakshara mantra

    Vannakkam: Yes, on the simplest level it means adoration to Siva. But there are other hidden and symbolic interpretations, or what to think about while you're chanting.

    Aspects - Na-veiling grace, Ma- world, Si- Siva, Va -revealing grace, Ya - soul

    Body, and visualising awareness rising - Na- feet, Ma- navel Si- shoulders Va mouth Ya - cranium, eye

    Five elements - Na - earth, Ma- water, Si - Fire Va - Air Ya ether

    There are more, and generally the adept will stick on one or the other for a period of time. As you know, it works best if you've been initiated into it by a qualified Guru.

    Aum Namasivaya

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    Thank you EM ji for your reply, I wasn't know the meaning you gave so thank you for increasing my knowledge....
    -Pranam
    Aasato ma sat gamay
    tamaso ma jotirgamay
    mrityorma amrutamgamay
    (Bring me from asat to sat, bring me from darkness (ignorance) to light (knowledge), bring me from death to immortality)
    Om Namah Shivay
    Om Vishnave Namah

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    Re: Panchakshara mantra

    Namaste,

    Please see Adi Sankaracharya ji's Shiva Panchakshara Stotra

    http://greenmesg.org/mantras_slokas/...ra_stotram.php
    http://www.saivism.net/prayers/panchakshara.asp

    Namah Shivaya
    Only God Is Truth, Everything Else Is Illusion - Ramakrishna
    Total Surrender of Ego to SELF is Real Bhakti - Ramana Maharshi

    Silence is the study of the scruptures. Meditation is the continuous thinking of Brahman which is to be meditated upon. The complete negation of both by knowledge is the vision of truth – sadAcAra-14 of Adi SankarAcArya

    namah SivAya vishnurUpAya viShNave SivarUpiNe, MBh, vanaparva, 3.39.76

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    Re: Panchakshara mantra

    Thank you Amrut ji,
    But I already view first link before some days, its easy to remember and whole stotra is in my mind, I also read some more stotras like shiv tandava stotra, lingastakam... I remember first two slokas of Shiva tandava stotra its little bit difficult to grasp...
    But every stotra have powerful energy contain in it...
    -pranam n thank you again...
    Aasato ma sat gamay
    tamaso ma jotirgamay
    mrityorma amrutamgamay
    (Bring me from asat to sat, bring me from darkness (ignorance) to light (knowledge), bring me from death to immortality)
    Om Namah Shivay
    Om Vishnave Namah

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    Re: Panchakshara mantra

    Quote Originally Posted by Soul of Light View Post
    Thank you Amrut ji,
    But I already view first link before some days, its easy to remember and whole stotra is in my mind, I also read some more stotras like shiv tandava stotra, lingastakam... I remember first two slokas of Shiva tandava stotra its little bit difficult to grasp...
    But every stotra have powerful energy contain in it...
    -pranam n thank you again...
    Namaste SOL,

    You can simply keep listening and enjoy

    OM
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    Total Surrender of Ego to SELF is Real Bhakti - Ramana Maharshi

    Silence is the study of the scruptures. Meditation is the continuous thinking of Brahman which is to be meditated upon. The complete negation of both by knowledge is the vision of truth – sadAcAra-14 of Adi SankarAcArya

    namah SivAya vishnurUpAya viShNave SivarUpiNe, MBh, vanaparva, 3.39.76

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    Re: Panchakshara mantra

    Namaste Amrut ji,
    Yes, I have already two Shiva tandava stotra songs, feel very nice to hear them but I don't understand meaning if I listen them it just feel like someone fastly uttering some Sanskrit words but when I try to grasp I concentrate on each word like first word jatātavi in which jata- matted hair + atāvi- forest
    So, I will try to understand whole stotra when I have free and fresh time, and consequently listen the song...
    Thank u n by the way which stotra or mantra of lord Shiva is most fruitful to please lord Shiva (not for material desire) from ur view?
    -pranam
    Aasato ma sat gamay
    tamaso ma jotirgamay
    mrityorma amrutamgamay
    (Bring me from asat to sat, bring me from darkness (ignorance) to light (knowledge), bring me from death to immortality)
    Om Namah Shivay
    Om Vishnave Namah

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    Re: Panchakshara mantra

    Quote Originally Posted by Soul of Light View Post
    which stotra or mantra of lord Shiva is most fruitful to please lord Shiva (not for material desire) from ur view?
    -pranam
    Namaste,

    I like both Shiva Mahimna Stotra and Shiva Tandava Stotra and also Shiva Manas Puja. It depends upon who is the singer. I like some songs sung by Bhanumati Narasimhan, sister of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of Art OF Living (I am not associated with AOL).

    In general, anything that touches your heart is the best for you

    Namah Shivay
    Only God Is Truth, Everything Else Is Illusion - Ramakrishna
    Total Surrender of Ego to SELF is Real Bhakti - Ramana Maharshi

    Silence is the study of the scruptures. Meditation is the continuous thinking of Brahman which is to be meditated upon. The complete negation of both by knowledge is the vision of truth – sadAcAra-14 of Adi SankarAcArya

    namah SivAya vishnurUpAya viShNave SivarUpiNe, MBh, vanaparva, 3.39.76

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amrut View Post
    Namaste,

    I like both Shiva Mahimna Stotra and Shiva Tandava Stotra and also Shiva Manas Puja. It depends upon who is the singer. I like some songs sung by Bhanumati Narasimhan, sister of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of Art OF Living (I am not associated with AOL).

    In general, anything that touches your heart is the best for you

    Namah Shivay
    Okay, Thank You!!!
    Aasato ma sat gamay
    tamaso ma jotirgamay
    mrityorma amrutamgamay
    (Bring me from asat to sat, bring me from darkness (ignorance) to light (knowledge), bring me from death to immortality)
    Om Namah Shivay
    Om Vishnave Namah

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    Re: Panchakshara mantra

    Quote Originally Posted by Soul of Light View Post
    Okay, Thank You!!!
    I also like Shiva Sahasranama 1008 names
    Only God Is Truth, Everything Else Is Illusion - Ramakrishna
    Total Surrender of Ego to SELF is Real Bhakti - Ramana Maharshi

    Silence is the study of the scruptures. Meditation is the continuous thinking of Brahman which is to be meditated upon. The complete negation of both by knowledge is the vision of truth – sadAcAra-14 of Adi SankarAcArya

    namah SivAya vishnurUpAya viShNave SivarUpiNe, MBh, vanaparva, 3.39.76

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