संसारसारम् भुजगेन्द्रहारम् ।
भवं भवानीसहितं नमामि ॥
संसारसारम् भुजगेन्द्रहारम् ।
भवं भवानीसहितं नमामि ॥
February 20,2012 Maha Shivratri.
On this day I want to share the Maha Mritunjaya Mantra and its meaning as it is in Shiv Puran.
OM. Tryambakam yajamahe
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat
Daksha father of Sati insulted Shiva, which she was not able to tolerate and she left her body. Devastated with this incident Shiva sends two Rudra Gana to teach lesson to Daksha. These Rudra Gana gave appropriate punishment to the attendees, among these attendees one was a sage “Dadhicha”. He remembered his teacher “Shukracharya” when he was given death punishment. His teacher knows the power of Mritunjaya Mantra, he arranges the body and brings it to life with the power of Mritunjaya Mantra. Then he teaches his student this Mritunjaya Mantra with meaning which is as below…
OM. Tryambakam yajamahe
“we bow to the supreme, who is being worshiped by Vishnu (who nourishes world) and Bhrama (who creates world), whose name we take before all, who was present in the beginning of the universe and who will be present after it. Who have three eyes and trident, we bow you.”
“like the flower fills the garden and surrounding area with its fragrance, we fill our heart with your name”
“When we untie the ties of bond with this world, with the people and forget everything. When we leave this world behind and its relationship, when we leave dearones and belongings back”
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat
“When we are in hands of death, our memories in you remain, we see only you and our soul may remain in bond with you. Give us the power to be in bond with you when alive and in bond with you when we die.”
OM NAMAH SHIVAY!
Yesterday, 2nd March 2011, it was MahaShivratri, usually celebrated on 13th night/14th day in Krishna Paksha of the month of Maagha or phalguna.
It is believed that shiva married parvati on this date. Another belief is that he became “Neelkantham” swallowing the deadly poison came from
the churning of “Kshir sagar”
We often relate Shiva with Satya “Truth”, truth which comes out of all darkness and prevailed before creation of universe will prevail after destruction of universe.
As a child I would like to write Shiva as synonym of truth. To my senses, whenever you speak truth you offer prayer to Shiva. Shiv and shakti are related, which means truth is the source of energy.
You earn energy through your deeds backed by truth. Isn’t it beautiful?
True beauty is in truth which is Shiva though he wears Snakes as ornaments, applies ashes on body and is accompanied by ghosts. He is not “beautifully” dressed as Vishu or other God. But still it is said “Shivam Sundaram”. My little brain visualizes this as, he is beautiful as he explains the meaning of truth rather he symbolizes truth.
Our little brain considers truth is speaking truth or telling things which occurred in real and are matching with real evidence, evidence which we can visualize, touch, smell and feel. Our truth is backed by only 5 substances of nature but not the 6th substance.
Yes, 6 substance of nature, you might be aware of all the 5 substances but not of 6th. Actually you are aware but you don’t use it often as those 5 substances. The 6th substance is renunciation or vairagya. It is said that our bodies are made of 5 substances namely earth, air, water, fire and sky. They are found in each activity we perform, a discussion on this at some other time. But all our act is influenced by “maya”. Whatever we do, we do we bind ourselves with that act “karma”.
But Shiva, creator of all, creator of universe, objects and destructor of universe is a symbol of renunciation. Though he is married he is not “sansari” he is “vairagi”, the reason all his acts are just for the betterment of universe, objects and his creations.
He keeps trident “trishul” symbol of power of knowledge, control over desire, control or back act with knowledge and controlled desire. Snakes which he wears as ornaments are symbol of ego which he has conquered and now they are worn as ornaments. Rudraksha is symbol of purity and concentration when taken in right hand. His mind, body and act are pure like Rudraksha. He has conquered fear so he is wearing tiger skin. It is said there is life ahead of fear. Fear is the biggest enemy of ours. Ganges flowing from his head symbolizes knowledge transformed from generation to generation. Moon on his forehead symbolizes his control over time. Third eye on forehead is the eye of knowledge which when opened turns evils into ashes. He has married to Shakti, power which governs the universe, power which backs the universe.
In all he wants to convey us, act should be backed with knowledge, such act will bring power in itself in you. And perform all your acts without fear with concentration, purity will come in itself. Burn evils and obstacles in your act with your knowledge. Such act will be beautiful and no other alternative will be there in the world for such act.
OM Namah Shivay!!
If I am not mistaken this festival was celebrated with lots of pomp after Lok Manya Tilak promoted celebration of Ganesha Chaturthi during freedom fight.
The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period).
I bow to The Lord of all Lord and share the lesson here under he conveys us…..
On this occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi I would like to share symbolism of Ganesha.
Head of Ganesha is Big which symbolizes Think Big. Your thoughts should be broad, you should think good and big. Don’t waste time in talking about others, commenting on others, instead do some thing productive.
Eyes of Ganesha is Small which symbolizes Concentration. Concentrate on your Goals, Aims. Don’t look away from your goals or aims. Any thing that distracts you from your goal should be avoided.
Ears of Ganesha is Large which symbolizes Listen More. Always be a good listener. Lend ears to each and every thing and apply your brain before reacting or acting on what you listened. Always be ready to lend ears to sorrows, complains and happy moments of everyone you know. I believe by doing this you reduce pain in other’s heart and others feel comfortable to you. Also before giving any comment or jumping onto any conclusion you should lend ears to each and every situation. Be a patient listener.
One Tusk of Ganesha Symbolizes Retain Good Throw Away Bad. After you have heard on every situation, heard comments from every one, retain good things in your mind and throw way poor comments. Your mind is a fertile field cultivate it with good thoughts. People will try to throw weeds of poor thoughts, anger, jealousy etc, which will make your fertile land useless, don’t let them plant such things, cleverly throw such things out of mind.
Small Mouth of Ganesh Symbolizes Talk Less. Listen everything, retain everything which is good and speak only whenever required, where ever required. Don’t jump up in any communication, people will not entertain you. It is an old saying “Na bole ema Nav Guana” (Those who don’t talk much have nine type of qualities)
Trunk of Ganesh Symbolizes High Efficiency and Adaptability. Trunk is the symbol of power and efficiency. Develop efficiency to face any thing and everything in life with a smile on face. Be adaptable to changes. Be flexible. Don’t tie yourself in rigidities.
Axe in one had Symbolizes Cut off all bonds of attachment. Keep bond with you in this world. All the relationships on this earth are Myth. Play your role thinking you are an actor and try to play it in the best form. Never get attached with materialist pleasures or never get attached with any relationship. Nothing is yours, you will leave everything one day behind to go ahead.
Rope in another Hand Symbolizes Pull yourself nearer to the highest Goal. If God feels proud of you after you have lived your life then think you have achieved the Highest Goal of Life. Don’t make money or materialist pleasures goal of your life as they will come to you in the proportion you deserve them. This life is precious, you get it once, to prove that whatever strength you are given to you, you utilized them in best and tried to be a best beast on this earth.
Another Hand for Blessings Symbolizes You are always being Blessed and Protected on Spiritual Path to Supreme. If you are walking on the path of Truth and Honesty to become the best beast on this earth, to utilize given strength in best way, you will always be blessed and protected. If you follow this path, you will never be required to plead God to protect you, to be with you.
Modaka in Another Hand Symbolizes Rewards of Sadhana. If you follow the above mentioned path, you are doing Sadhana, and God will always be ready to give you rewards of this Sadhana. He will never let you down. He will never wait you for rewards.
Large Stomach of Ganesha Symbolizes Peacefully Digest all Good and Bad in Life. On the path of Sadhana you will find all type of difficulties. God will put you into various situations to check you, try to give your best in all the situations. Don’t get panic when you are in bad situation and don’t get excited when you are happy. Tears and Smile never remains forever.
Mouse Symbolizes Desire. Ganesha says control your desires otherwise it will cause havoc. If desires will rule over you, you will never be able to achieve the goal of life. So don’t let desires rule over you. Know your limits and be in your limits.
Prasada Symbolizes The Whole World is at your feet and for your asking. If you are Following all the above stated Points, World will bow down to your feet. Nothing will be impossible for you.
May Ganesha Bless You!!!
A short story related to Hanuman which I heard in my childhood days.
Hanuman, son of Anjana and Kesari, was born as Rudra avatar. He had 28 divine qualities and skills. His teacher was sun. He remained with sun and learned all the art with great dedication. As a child he was naughty and use to tease sages. When this teasing became unbearable, a sage, cursed him. According to the curse, when remembered of his skills and talent, he will be able to use his skills and talent. His sole purpose to take birth on earth is to help the incarnation of Vishnu. As he was avatar of Rudra, who have conquered kama and all material pleasures, he strictly followed Bhramcharya.
Each verse of Hanuman Chalisa tells the glory of Hunman. Originally it was written in Sanskrit, later which was translated in avadha by Tulsidas. This was very simple to understand, recite and understand.