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oam namah shivay

July 31, 2011

Oam Namah Shivay

Shiva 5 Syllable Mantra

Om Namah Shivay

“Shiva Panchakshari Mantra” (Shiva’s 5 Syllable Mantra). This is Shiva’s simplest, and yet most effective mantra till date. Starting off with basics, the word by word, literal Meaning of Shiva’s 5 Syllable Mantra is

Om.. = ..Om..

Namah = I Bow

Shivaya = to Shiva

Hence,

Om Na-mah Shi-va-ya = Om I Bow to Shiva

(Actually Panch-akshari Mantra is only “Na-mah Shi-va-ya” ,Om is added for special purpose, which is dealt in later half of this writing)

Purpose of this Mantra:

Now bowing is done to someone who is Great… someone who is helping you, doing good for you by his magnanimity of heart or capable of helping you.

If you take him as a master, then he is the Master of the Masters, and you accost him with an intention to receive knowledge and wisdom, and the receiver always has to be in an attitude of gratitude right.

If you take him as god, then he is the God of the Gods, you accost him with an intention to fulfill some wish.

The one worshiped by masters and gods of this world and the others in 14 universes, hence even greatest of words said to describe his greatness, actually fall short by far and almost sound like an insult to him. So obviously we hail to such supreme stature who grants us material (wishes) as well as spiritual boons (higher consciousness, knowledge and peace).

Origin of this Mantra:

If one tries to track the Origin, then there are various divided beliefs and opinions regarding the Origin on this Great Mantra..

The Vedanta’s Believe Words by Brahma as in Vedas, are first Origin of everything,

The firs epigraphical writing as evidence is said to be found in “Rudra Adhyaya” of “Yajur-veda” where a Anuvaak (sanhita ke adhyay ka up vibhag = first part of paragraph) starts with “Namah shivaya”.

If you read Viniyog (Mantra Declaration) as in Mantra Shastra, then Vamdeva himself is the Rishi (Seer) of this mantra.

Some say, Lord Siva Himself was the guru of the Saivite saint Manickavachagar. He taught Manickavachagar the ‘Na-mah Shi-va-ya’ mantra, and he forwarded this to rest of mankind.

While A principle of Tantra studies indicates, that when Shiva wanted to create universe, then he took his Damru in his hand and started playing it, from the sound of that instrument all the vibration and strings were born, shakti (energy) was produced, which later took various forms of subtle and solid in nature. (This is the theory which I work on, that’s why Mantra science says universe is actually “Mantra-may” = made of mantra, because everything is nothing but Vibrations, energy)

Mantra Shastra is in itself a complete science of sounds, that’s why one needs to chant “Om Namah Shivaya” instead of “I bow to Shiva”, because its not just meaning, but the specific sound pattern created by combining specific syllables that matters, hence by repeated chanting it produces a distinct effect. Knowing exactly why only these syllables make the right combination would require in depth understanding, actually mastery of each and every syllable and sound, the 36 Tatva Table can help, so for the enthusiasts, that’s the way to go, but this work of developing Mantras, is better left to Rishis (Seers) and Gods.

Deeper of Meanings of this Mantra:

The literal meaning of this Mantra is actually only a superficial meaning, and meant to be used for setting up a preliminary base for understanding its deeper meaning, hence different ways of contemplating and meditating on sound of this mantra.

Shiva is said to have many forms, but his ultimate from (that’s after he gets a form from his formless self), is first that of Ardhanarishwara (Half Male Female God), then masculine part separates as that of Adi-Deva (Primordial God) Sada-Shiva who is Panch-vaktra Shiva (5 Faced Shiva).
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Every letter in the Panchakshara mantra has significance and a deeper spiritual inference, these can be categorized on various basis as :

5 Forms of Shiva: These five faces are:-

Na = Sadyojata faces West.
Ma = Vamadeva faces North.

Shi = Aghora faces South.
Va = Tatpurusha faces the East.
Ya = Isana faces North-east.

5 Duties of Shiva: The Lord is said to have five duties :-

Na = creation (Sadyojata)

Ma = protection (Vaam-deva)

Shi = destruction (Aghora)

Va = bringing on the deluge (Tat-purusha)

Ya = showering us with mercy (Ishaan)


5 Characteristics of Shiva:

Na = Adi-Deva (First Lord) of All Lokas (Worlds)

Ma = Provider of Supreme Knowledge

Shi = Silent and Benevolent, Benefic

Va = Vrish Vahan (Vehicle of Bull), Vasuki (Cobra Snake on Throat), Vaamangi (Left Hand Path)

Ya = Supreme Bliss Form


5 Physical Attributes of Shiva: (from Natraja Form)

Na = Hand with Fire

Ma = Feet squashing the Demons

Shi = Hand Holding Damru

Va = Forward Palm

Ya = Abhay-hast (Fear Dispelling Palm)

5 Cosmic Elements Represented: (Panch-Mahabhoot)

Na = Earth (Sadyojata)
Ma = Water (Vaamdeva)
Shi = Fire (Aghora)
Va= Air (Tat-purusha)
Ya = Sky (Ether = Vacuum) (Eeshan)

5 Chakras Activated:

Na = Mooladhar (Root Chakra)
Ma = Swadhishthaan (Sacral Chakra)
Shi = Manipur (Navel Chakra)
Va= Anahat Chakra (Heart Chakra)
Ya = Vishuddhi Chakra (Throat Chakra)

** Om Activates Agya (Third Eye Chakra) and Shastrar (Crown), as these two chakras dont belong to Tatvas, rather, they are cause of Tatvas (all elements).

5 Bodies : (Panch-Kosha)

Na = Anna-may Kosha (Physical Body)
Ma = Pran-may Kosha (Energy Body)
Shi = Mano-may Kosha (Astral/Emotional Body)
Va= Vigyan-may (Intellectual Body)
Ya = Ananda-may (Pure Consciousness Body)

5 Colors of Shiva:

Na = Golden hued
Ma = White
Shi = Red,
Va= Black
Ya = Grey in colour

Addition of Om:

When Om.. is Added to these 5 Syllables, it actually becomes a 6 Syllable Mantra. This Om Makes this Divine mantra supremely sublime and further more apt for meditation with breath.

“Om Namah Shivaya”

Yantra for the Mantra:

The Yantra for Shiva Panchakshari Yantra is basically : (A Yantra= Geometrical Energy Representation Diagram = Tool for establishing link with energy+astral body of related spiritual entity)

“An Upward Pointing 5 Point Star”

(Note: Some people may use Shiva Lingam as visual means, or Idol/Picture of Shiva, but most authentic Yantra/Medium is this 5 point Star one)

The 5 Steps of drawing Shiva Yantra’s 5 Point Star are:

1 = Bottom Left to Tip = Sadyojaat

2 = Tip to Bottom Right = Vaam-Deva

3 = Bottom Right to Left = Aghora

4 = Left to Right = Tat-Purush
5 = Right to Bottom Left = Eeshaan

So we start from Bottom Left and again End at Bottom Left,
And then we fill the syllables in Yantra with, “Om” as core energy of Yantra in Center, then Starting from Top Node, in Clockwise Manner we write Na, Ma, Shi, Va, Ya.

The 5 Tips of this figure is like 5 tips of Torso a Human Body Structure

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The top tip = Forehead
Left Tip = Left Pectoral Girdle (Left Shoulder)
Right Tip = Right Pectoral Girdle (Right Shoulder)
Left Bottom = Left Pelvic (Left Hip)
Right Bottom = Right Pelvic (Right Hip)

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(Entire Theory of Body Syndrome and healing is based on this, and I won’t be explaining that here, but even all that can be dealt with using this single mantra)

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And then moving from inside to out, the 5 Point Star is followed by a circle, then 8 petal lotus and then 4 directional gates of Temple. As here:

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Now that the base “Theory” is clear, let hop over to the Practical

Practical Application of Mantra:

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Practical part deals with “how” to practically apply this knowledge to our Spiritual and even Material Growth. (We will primarily cover spiritual one here, that’s for mental stabilizing, the material one require more ritualistic preciseness, which is being avoided here to keep simplicity)

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Most meditation techniques have to essentially start from any one of the 5 Sense Organs (Gyan Indri) as primary door, and then move into conscious mind, then subconscious and then the silence beneath.

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This mantra technique actually has many parts, and ritualistic way is the most powerful way to meditate on it, but that will use a few Tantra technical terms which are too elaborate to write here, also too complex to understand for a new comer (if you want that, then just message me)

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Still if I combine the essential basics of using this mantra, then it includes sitting, breathing, gazing and mental voice control.

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Sitting at one place is in itself a great Technique… (Earth-Nose)

All the forms of Asan Siddhi (Yogic Postures Mastery) is based on this, to promote proper energy flow in subtle bodies hence stillness in mind through stillness in body. Infact even if not totally still sitting like a statue, if one just sits at a place with less movement, that also helps to great extent.

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Controlling the movement of Tongue is in itself a great technique … (Water-Tongue-Taste)

All techniques of Khechari Mudra, Conscious eating meditation etc, come under this category. Even The technique of Maun (Silence) come under this category. So controlling tongue by making it mechanical with oral chant or stable with mental chant also helps moving inwards.

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Constant Staring or even Gazing is in itself a great technique… (Fire-Eyes-Vision)

All the Visual meditation Techniques come under this. And its a fact, whenever a person moves into any sort of trance or meditation, first two physical eyes become stable and then they point more and more to Third Eye as he goes deeper… or in simpler words, if you move to trance you move to third eyes, if you move to third eyes, then you move to trance, its a true statement with double implication sign.

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Conscious Breathing in itself is a great technique…. (Air-Skin-Feeling)
All the Pranayams, Vipasna Meditation and other forms of Vigyan Bhairav come under this. As they say. Control breath to control mind. The fluency and frequency of ones breath is in direct proportion to calmness and stability of ones mind.

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Mental Chanting in itself is a great technique… (Sky-Ear-Hearing)
All the mental voice control techniques, mantra chanting and subtle Name chanting come under this. If individual comparison is made amongst ones discussed so far, then of course mental chanting works from most subtle element ‘Sky’ and accounts for highest mental stabilizing, silencing and spiritual growth.

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And when, stable sitting, tongue stabilizing, constant gazing, conscious breathing and mental chanting are combined, it forms a Supreme Technique

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That is the technique of chanting Shiva Mantra, encompassing the 5 principles of meditation and emerging as one of the supreme meditative techniques. Most important part here is that it’s done by chanting syllables in this manner:

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Ommmmmm…. Na-Mah (Inhale)

Shi-va-ya (Exhale)

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(The Ommm in inhalation can be extended as one desires but exhalation is always slightly Longer than inhalation. Here we have 3 Syllables for Inhalation and other 3 for exhalation)

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Hence,

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When you Sit Stable in a Posture
Fix your Eyes on Only One Diagram which brings Specific Energy
Make your breath very slow and deep

Mentally Chant Specific syllables with your mental voice for each inhalation and exhalation

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Doing this for atleast 10-21 minutes, you come very close to a state of totality in Shiva Consciousness

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Anyhow, one must not confuse oneself with so many technicalities though… because in reality, while chanting, the supreme importance needs to be given to chanting itself. The stable sitting, gazing on diagram, slow breathing and all this just needs initial setting up and later becomes mechanical… only thing that takes time to become mechanical is mental voice, the mental chanting. One should only give utmost priority and attention to relevant mental voice on inhalation and exhalation.

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In “Vachik Japa” (Oral Chanting) often the mouth, tongue becomes mechanical… but mind keeps hovering… that’s because a part of conscious and even minor part of subconscious gets under control,

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While in mental chanting this way, its directly the major share of subconscious mind which becomes mechanical… and since 10% of thoughts come from conscious mind while 90% come from subconscious, so most stop as subconscious gets busy producing only one sound in mind, that of mantra.

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Hence one experiences mental silence by chanting! Because Mind chants, not you! So the real you are revealed, that’s the essence of Shiva Consciousness.

Still, one must remember, this takes time, practice, and one must concentrate on means rather than end. The chanting is means and state of one sound in mind is the end, one just reaches closer to end gradually. That’s why its called a Sadhna, a spiritual practice, one only improves with practice.

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Infact why keep things just as theories, one must see+feel it to believe it right? So just to give a sip of what this Ananda Mantra (Bliss Chant) feels like, here is one musical rendering of the Mantra as a Song,

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Simple Lyrics : “..Om.. Namah Shivaya… Om Namah Shivaya… har har bho-lay Namah Shivay

Hanuman Chalisa with meaning

July 20, 2011

Hanuman Chalisa: In Hindi with meaning: Jai Hanuman Gnan Gun Sagar

हनुमान   चालीसा
Hanuman Chalisa

Bhakta Hanuman
Bhakta Hanuman

श्रीगुरु चरण् सरोजरज, निजमनमुकुर सुधार ।
बरणौ रघुबर बिमल यश, जो दायक फलचार ॥
Shrii-Guru Carann Saroja-Raja, Nija-Mana-Mukura Sudhaara |
Barannau Raghu-Bara Bimala Yasha, Jo Daayaka Phala-Caara ||

Meaning:
With the dust of the lotus feet of Sri Gurudeva, I clean the mirror of my mind.
I narrate the sacred glory of Sri Rama Chandra, who bestows the four fruits of life (Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).

Bhakta Hanuman

बुद्धिहीन तनु जानिके, सुमिरौं पवन कुमार ।
बल बुद्धिविद्या देहु मोहिं, हरहु कलेश विकार ॥
Buddhi-Hiina Tanu Jaanike, Sumirau Pavan Kumaar |
Bala Buddhi-Vidyaa Dehu Mohi, Harahu Kalesha Vikaar ||

Meaning:
Considering myself as ignorant, I meditate on you, O Pavan Kumar (Hanuman).
Bestow on me strength, wisdom and knowledge, and remove my afflictions and blemishes.

Bhakta Hanuman

– 1 –
जय हनुमान ज्ञान गुण सागर ।
जै कपीस तिहुँलोक उजागर ॥
Jay Hanumaan Jnaan Gunn Saagar |
Jai Kapiis Tihu-Lok Ujaagar ||

Meaning:
Victory to Thee, O Hanuman, who is the ocean of wisdom and virtue,
Victory to the lord of the monkeys, who is the enlightener of the three worlds.

Bhakta Hanuman

– 2 –
रामदूत अतुलित बलधामा ।
अंजनि-पुत्र पवन-सुत नामा ॥
Raama-Duut Atulit Bala-Dhaamaa |
Anjani-Putra Pavan-Sut Naamaa ||

Meaning:
You are the messenger of Sri Rama possessing immeasurable strength,
You are known as Anjani-Putra (son of Anjani) and Pavana-Suta (son of Pavana, the wind-god).

Bhakta Hanuman

– 3 –
महाबीर बिक्रम बजरंगी ।
कुमति निवार सुमति के संगी ॥
Mahaa-biir Bikrama Bajarangii |
Kumati Nivaar Sumati Ke Sangii ||

Meaning:
You are a great hero, extremely valiant, and body as strong as thunderbolt,
You are the dispeller of evil thoughts and companion of good sense and wisdom.

Bhakta Hanuman

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कंचन बरण बिराज सुबेशा ।
कानन कुंडल कुंचित केशा ॥
Kancan Barann Biraaj Subeshaa |
Kaanan Kunddala Kuncita Keshaa ||

Meaning:
You possess a golden hue, and you are neatly dressed,
You wear ear-rings and have beautiful curly hair.

Bhakta Hanuman

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हाथ बज्र औ ध्वजा बिराजै ।
काँधे मूँज जनेऊ साजै ॥
Haath Bajra Au Dhvajaa Biraajai |
Kaandhe Muuj Janeuu Saajai ||

Meaning:
You hold the thunderbolt and the flag in your hands.
You wear the sacred thread across your shoulder.

Bhakta Hanuman

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शंकर-सुवन केशरी-नन्दन ।
तेज प्रताप महा जग-वंदन ॥
Shankar-Suvan Kesharii-Nandan |
Teja Prataap Mahaa Jag-Vandan ||

Meaning:
You are the incarnation of Lord Shiva and son of Kesari,
You are adored by the whole world on account of your radiance and courage.

Bhakta Hanuman

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विद्यावान गुणी अति चातुर ।
राम काज करिबे को आतुर ॥
Vidyaavaan Gunnii Ati Caatur |
Raam Kaaj Karibe Ko Aatur ||

Meaning:
You are learned, virtuous and extremely intelligent,
You are always eager to do the works of Sri Rama.

Bhakta Hanuman

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प्रभु चरित्र सुनिबे को रसिया ।
रामलषण सीता मन बसिया ॥
Prabhu Caritra Sunibe Ko Rasiyaa |
Raamalassann Siitaa Man Basiyaa ||

Meaning:
You delight in listening to the glories of Sri Rama,
You have Sri Rama, Sri Lakshmana and Devi Sita dwelling in your heart.

Bhakta Hanuman

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सूक्ष्म रूपधरि सियहिं दिखावा ।
विकट रूप धरि लंक जरावा ॥
Suukssma Ruupadhari Siyahi Dikhaavaa |
Vikatt Ruup Dhari Lamka Jaraavaa ||

Meaning:
You appeared before Devi Sita in diminutive form (in Lanka),
You assumed an awesome form and burnt Lanka.

Bhakta Hanuman

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भीम रूप धरि असुर सँहारे ।
रामचन्द्र के काज सँवारे ॥
Bhiim Ruup Dhari Asur Samhaare |
Raamacandra Ke Kaaj Samvaare ||

Meaning:
You assumed a gigantic form and destroyed the demons,
Thereby accomplishing the task of Sri Rama.

Bhakta Hanuman

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लाय सजीवन लखन जियाये ।
श्री रघुबीर हरषि उर लाये ॥
Laay Sajiivan Lakhan Jiyaaye |
Shrii Raghubiir Harassi Ur Laaye ||

Meaning:
You brought the Sanjivana herb and revived Sri Lakshmana.
Because of this Sri Rama embraced you overflowing with joy.

Bhakta Hanuman

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रघुपति कीन्ही बहुत बडाई ।
तुम मम प्रिय भरतहिसम भाई ॥
Raghupati Kiinhii Bahut Baddaaii |
Tum Mam Priya Bharatahisam Bhaaii ||

Meaning:
Sri Rama praised you greatly,
And said: “You are as dear to me as my brother Bharata”.

Bhakta Hanuman

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सहस बदन तुम्हरो यश गावैं ।
अस कहि श्रीपति कण्ठ लगावैं ॥
Sahas Badan Tumharo Yash Gaavai |
As Kahi Shriipati Kanntth Lagaavai ||

Meaning:
“The thousand headed Seshnag sings your glory”,
Said Sri Rama to you taking you in his embrace.

Bhakta Hanuman

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सनकादिक ब्रह्मादि मुनीशा ।
नारद शारद सहित अहीशा ॥
Sanakaadik Brahmaadi Muniishaa |
Naarad Shaarad Sahit Ahiishaa ||

Meaning:
Sanaka and other sages, Lord Brahma and other Gods,
Narada, Devi Saraswati and Seshnag …

Bhakta Hanuman

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यम कुबेर दिगपाल जहाँते ।
कवि कोविद कहि सकैं कहाँते ॥
Yam Kuber Digapaal Jahaate |
Kavi Kovid Kahi Sakai Kahaate ||

Meaning:
Yama (god of death), Kubera (god of wealth), Digpalas (the guardian deities),
Poets and scholars have not been able to describe your glories in full.

Bhakta Hanuman

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तुम उपकार सुग्रीवहिं कीन्हा ।
राम मिलाय राजपद दीन्हा ॥
Tum Upakaar Sugriivahi Kiinhaa |
Raam Milaay Raajapad Diinhaa ||

Meaning:
You rendered a great help to Sugriva.
You introduced him to Sri Rama and thereby restored his kingdom.

Bhakta Hanuman

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तुम्हरो मंत्र विभीषण माना ।
लंकेश्वर भये सब जग जाना ॥
Tumharo Mamtra Vibhiissann Maanaa |
Lamkeshvar Bhaye Sab Jag Jaanaa ||

Meaning:
Vibhisana heeded your advice,
And the whole world knows that he became the king of Lanka.

Bhakta Hanuman

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युग सहस्र योजन पर भानू ।
लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू ॥
Yuga Sahasra Yojana Para Bhaanuu |
Liilyo Taahi Madhura Phala Jaanuu ||

Meaning:
The sun which was at a distance of sixteen thousand miles,
You swallowed it (the sun) thinking it to be a sweet fruit.

Bhakta Hanuman

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प्रभु मुद्रिका मेलि मुख माहीं ।
जलधि लाँधि गये अचरजनाहीं ॥
Prabhu Mudrikaa Meli Mukh Maahii |
Jaladhi Laadhi Gaye Acarajanaahii ||

Meaning:
Carrying Lord Sri Rama’s ring in your mouth,
You crossed the ocean, no wonder in that.

Bhakta Hanuman

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दुर्गम काज जगत के जेते ।
सुगम अनुग्रह तुम्हरे तेते ॥
Durgam Kaaja Jagat Ke Jete |
Sugam Anugrah Tumhare Tete ||

Meaning:
All the difficult tasks in this world,
Are rendered easy by your grace.

Bhakta Hanuman

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राम दुआरे तुम रखवारे ।
होत न आज्ञा बिन पैसारे ॥
Raam Duaare Tum Rakhavaare |
Hot Na Aajnyaa Bin Paisaare ||

Meaning:
You are the gate-keeper of Sri Rama’s kingdom.
No one can enter without your permission.

Bhakta Hanuman

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सब सुख लहै तुम्हारी सरना ।
तुम रक्षक काहू को डरना ॥
Sab Sukha Lahai Tumhaarii Saranaa |
Tum Rakssak Kaahuu Ko Ddaranaa ||

Meaning:
Those who take refuge in you enjoy all happiness.
If you are the protector, what is there to fear?

Bhakta Hanuman

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आपन तेज सम्हारो आपै ।
तीनों लोक हाँकते काँपै ॥
Aapan Tej Samhaaro Aapai |
Tiino Lok Haakate Kaapai ||

Meaning:
You alone can control your great energy.
When you roar, the three worlds tremble.

Bhakta Hanuman

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भूत पिशाच निकट नहिं आवै ।
महाबीर जब नाम सुनावै ॥
Bhuut Pishaaca Nikatt Nahi Aavai |
Mahaabiir Jab Naam Sunaavai ||

Meaning:
Ghosts and evil spirits will not come near,
When one utters the name of Mahavir (Hanuman).

Bhakta Hanuman

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नाशौ रोग हरै सब पीरा ।
जपत निरन्तर हनुमत बीरा ॥
Naashau Rog Harai Sab Piiraa |
Japat Nirantar Hanumat Biiraa ||

Meaning:
You destroy diseases and remove all pains,
When one utters your name continuously.

Bhakta Hanuman

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संकट से हनुमान छुडावै ।
मन क्रम बचन ध्यान जो लावै ॥
Samkatt Se Hanumaan Chuddaavai |
Man Kram Bacan Dhyaan Jo Laavai ||

Meaning:
Hanuman frees one from difficulties,
When one meditates on him with mind, deed and words.

Bhakta Hanuman

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सब पर राम तपस्वी राजा ।
तिनके काज सकल तुम साजा ॥
Sab Par Raam Tapasvii Raajaa |
Tinake Kaaj Sakal Tum Saajaa ||

Meaning:
Sri Rama is the king of the tapaswis (devotees engaged in penances).
And you (Hanuman) fulfill all works of Sri Rama (as a caretaker).

Bhakta Hanuman

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और मनोरथ जो कोइ लावै ।
सोइ अमित जीवन फल पावै ॥
Aur Manorath Jo Koi Laavai |
Soi Amit Jiivan Phal Paavai ||

Meaning:
Devotees who have any other desires,
Will ultimately get the highest fruit of life.

Bhakta Hanuman

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चारों युग परताप तुम्हारा ।
है परसिद्ध जगत उजियारा ॥
Caaro Yug Parataap Tumhaaraa |
Hai Parasiddh Jagat Ujiyaaraa ||

Meaning:
Your glory prevails in all the four ages.
And your fame radiates throughout the world.

Bhakta Hanuman

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साधु संत के तुम रखवारे ।
असुर निकंदन राम दुलारे ॥
Saadhu Sant Ke Tum Rakhavaare |
Asur Nikandan Raam Dulaare ||

Meaning:
You are the saviour of the saints and sages.
You destroy the demons, O beloved of Sri Rama.

Bhakta Hanuman

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अष्टसिद्धि नव निधि के दाता ।
अस बर दीन जानकी माता ॥
Assttasiddhi Nava Nidhi Ke Daataa |
As Bar Diin Jaanakii Maataa ||

Meaning:
You can give the eight siddhis (supernatural powers) and nine nidhis (types of devotions).
Mother Janaki (Devi Sita) gave this boon to you.

Bhakta Hanuman

– 32 –
राम रसायन तुम्हरे पासा ।
सदा रहो रघुपति के दासा ॥
Raam Rasaayan Tumhare Paasaa |
Sadaa Raho Raghupati Ke Daasaa ||

Meaning:
You hold the essence of devotion to Sri Rama.
You always remain as the servant of Raghupati (Sri Rama).

Bhakta Hanuman

– 33 –
तुम्हरे भजन रामको पावै ।
जन्म जन्म के दुख बिसरावै ॥
Tumhare Bhajan Raamako Paavai |
Janma Janma Ke Dukh Bisaraavai ||

Meaning:
Through devotion to you, one gets Sri Rama,
Thereby getting free of the sorrows of life after life.

Bhakta Hanuman

– 34 –
अन्त काल रघुपति पुर जाई ।
जहाँ जन्म हरिभक्त कहाई ॥
Anta Kaal Raghupati Pur Jaaii |
Jahaa Janma Hari-Bhakta Kahaaii ||

Meaning:
At the end one goes to the abode of Sri Rama.
Where one is known as the devotee of Hari.

Bhakta Hanuman

– 35 –
और देवता चित्त न धरई ।
हनुमत सेइ सर्व सुख करई ॥
Aur Devataa Citta Na Dharaii |
Hanumat Sei Sarva Sukh Karaii ||

Meaning:
Even without worshipping any other deities,
One gets all happiness who worships Sri Hanuman.

Bhakta Hanuman

– 36 –
संकट हरै मिटै सब पीरा ।
जो सुमिरै हनुमत बल बीरा ॥
Sankatta Harai Mittai Sab Piiraa |
Jo Sumirai Hanumat Bala Biiraa ||

Meaning:
Difficulties disappear and sorrows are removed,
For those who contemplate on the powerful Sri Hanuman.

Bhakta Hanuman

– 37 –
जै जै जै हनुमान गोसाई ।
कृपा करहु गुरुदेव की नाई ॥
Jai Jai Jai Hanumaan Gosaaii |
Krpaa Karahu Gurudev Kii Naaii ||

Meaning:
Victory, victory, victory to you, O Hanuman,
Please bestow your grace as our supreme guru.

Bhakta Hanuman

– 38 –
जोह शत बार पाठ कर जोई ।
छुटहि बन्दि महासुख होई ॥
Joh Shat Baar Paattha Kar Joii |
Chuttahi Bandi Mahaasukh Hoii ||

Meaning:
Those who recite this Hanuman Chalisa one hundred times (with devotion),
Will get freed from worldly bondage and get great happiness.

Bhakta Hanuman

– 39 –
जो यह पढै हनुमान चालीसा ।
होय सिद्धि साखी गौरीसा ॥
Jo Yah Paddhai Hanumaan Caaliisaa |
Hoy Siddhi Saakhii Gauriisaa ||

Meaning:
Those who read the Hanuman Chalisa (with devotion),
Will become perfect, Lord Shiva is the witness.

Bhakta Hanuman

– 40 –
तुलसीदास सदा हरि चेरा ।
कीजै नाथ हृदय महँ डेरा ॥
Tulasiidaas Sadaa Hari Ceraa |
Kiijai Naatha Hrday Mah Dderaa ||

Meaning:
Tulsidas who is always the servant of Hari.
Prays the Lord to reside in his heart.

Bhakta Hanuman

पवनतनय संकट हरन,
मंगल मूरति रूप ।
रामलषन सीता सहित,
हृदय बसहु सुरभूप ॥
Pavanatanaya Samkatt Harana,
Mamgal Muurati Ruup |
Raamalassan Siitaa Sahit,
Hrday Basahu Surabhuup ||

Meaning:
Sri Hanuman, who is the son of Pavana, who removes difficulties,
Who has an auspicious form,
With Sri Rama, Sri Lakshmana and Devi Sita,
Please dwell in my heart.

Amarnath Yatra

July 8, 2011

AMARNATH YATRA Started on 29th June, 2011

 

The Amarnath Shrine,located in South Kashmir at a height of about 13,000 ft. is dedicated to Lord Shiva . Come July-August and every year the Valley is full of pilgrims from all over the country coming to have a glimpse of Amarnath Mahadev. All the villages around the township of the famous tourist destination,Pahalgam become agog with a lot of activities. After all in these two months they have to earn enough to see them through the next one year.The market at Pahalgam is tastefully decorated in the hope of a booming business. From Pahalgam to the Shrine , rich people arrange free Langars for feeding the devotees.

It is very difficult to trace the correct history of this pilgrimage. Normlly it is believed that this Shrine may be some 5,000 years old. In support of this claim, some Vedic references are also advanced. But they too are not accepted by several historians. However, the first dependable literary evidence is available in Kalhan’s Rajtaran gini of 11th century. Several other references of the Mughal period are also found. Once Emperor Akbar was also given the information about this Shrine by the then governor of Kashmir. On the other hand there is a very popular story prevalent in the local people in this connection according to this ,a shepherd ,in course of grazing his sheep in that locality discovered the self made ice Shivalingam .He rushed back to his village and disclosed to his Hindu co-villagers that their Lord was present in the cave. This story appears true because since that time onward, the family of that Muslim shepherd has been receiving share in the offerings to Amarnath Mahadev .

How to reach Amarnath Shrine ?

Till nearly 25 years back, there was only one route _ Srinagar to the Shrine via Pahalgam. The cave Shrine from Pahalgam is about 40 km away. Important places falling on the road are Chandanbari, Sheshnag, Mahagunnus Top, Poanchtarni and the Cave. The beautiful lake at Sheshn is quite enchanting . It is said that Shiva had unfolded the secrets of life to his consort Parvati in the Amarnath cave. While going to the cave, Shiva had followed this track. He left sandalpaste on his forehead at Chandanbari, the ever present snake around his neck at Sheshnag and other five elemental body at Panchtarni.
The recently opened other route from Srinagar is via Baltal. It is 14 km long from Baltal to the cave.On the way one will come across places like Domali Marg,Sangam and the cavhe itself. From Srinagar, a pilgrim can come to Baltal by car and thus he can leave Srinagar in the morning and after the darshan can return to Srinagar in the same evening.Thus the entire trip may take just about ten hours.In addition to the above routes,a helicopter service has also been launched recently.

Darshan Periods Of Amarnath Shrine :

The most sacred day for the darshan of Amarnath Mahadev js the Shravan Poornima also more popularly known as Raksha Bandhan Divas. In the olden days the Amarnath Yatra,famous by the name of Chhari Mubarak started only some 3-4 days before and concluded on the Shravan Poornima.The Holy Mace (Chhari Mubarak ), accompanied by the sages of different cults and the pilgrims at large in procession started with a great religious fanfare from the Dashnami Akhara,,Srinagar and on the completion of the mission was again carefully preserved there.

The above practice is still being followed with the same pomp and devotion. However it was realized by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board that the growing number of pilgrims could not be accommodated in those counted few days. Moreover, the state Government also had its eyes on the income through tourism. So the Board decided to open the Shrine for about two months from Ashad Poornima to Shravan Poornima. This year it started on July 1 and will last for 55 days. In past this prolonged period created many problems. It is an accepted fact the Shiva devotees offer water on the feet of the Lord. If water is poured on a mass of ice, it is bound to melt. In certain years the ice phallous completely disappeared. The worshipping priests,honouring the sentiments of the devotees brought ice from nearby places, secretly made a lingam and placed it there.Later when there was a disclosure,it resulted into a great uproar all over the country. Under public pressure,the organizers are ensuring today that the self-made Shivalingam,even in a reduced form, continues to bless the faithful.In fact there are two other lingams in the close vicinity,representing Parvati and Ganesha. The Shrine Board ensures that all the three are kept entact.

Dangers on Amarnath Shrines Track

In olden days, the pilgrimage to Amarnth was supposed to be the most difficult.That is why the local people call it “maran-nath” meaning thereby that death was involved in this journey. They also used to say,”all pilgrimages again and again but Amarnath only once”.Since in those days there was no shade on the route,any possible rain or snow-fall brought sure death. Mahagunus Top is the highest point in the route (over 13,000 ft) and around it even today one can see the skeletons of dead horses and donkeys caught in such an inclement weather . Things have improved a lot today. At places there are shades for such eventualities.Food items and medicine are available in abundance.The Booard keeps a very close watch o the Langarwallas so that there was no adulteration.

Hospitality Service In Amarnath Shrine

Normally one will find it difficult to imagine the open-hearted hospitality of the local people, mostly Muslims extended to the pilgrims. They freely give firewood to the naked hermits to warm their body. Other necessities like food, items of worship , cloth etc are also provided willingly. The coolies and pony owners will be seen chanting the name of Baba Amarnath. They provide every possible cooperation to the old and physically weak pilgrims. This wonderful communal harmony is bound to keep alive the faith in Amarnath Mahadev for centuries to come.