Sivaanandalahari – 3

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Sivaanandalahari – 3

त्रयीवेद्यं हृद्यं त्रिपुरहरमाद्यं त्रिनयनं

जटा-भारोदारं चलदुरगहारं मृगधरम् ।

महादेवं देवं मयि सदयभावं पशुपतिं
चिदालंबं सांबं शिवमतिविडंबं हृदि भजे ॥ ३ ॥
trayIvedhyaM hRudhyaM tripuraharamAdhyaM trinayanaM
jaTA-bhArodAraM chaladuragahAraM mRugadharam |
mahAdevaM devaM mayi sadayabhAvaM paSupatiM
chidAlaMbaM sAMbaM SivamativiDaMbaM hRudi bhaje || 3 ||

I meditate in my heart on Paramasiva who is known through the three Vedas, who is sweet to the mind, who destroyed the three cities, who is first of all things, who has three eyes, who looks distinguished with matted locks, who has the moving snake as his necklace, who holds a deer in his hand, who is greatest among all Devas, who is self luminous, who is compassionate to me, who is the lord of all beings, who is the source of wisdom and who is always with Ambika .

Commentary
Our Charanaar has said that of the three Vedas, Yajur Veda is in the middle. In the middle of Yajur Veda is Sri Rudram. And in the middle of Sri Rudram is the great Panchaakshari manthra “Namasivaaya cha”. This shows that the essence of the Veda is the revelation of Shiva. Consider the following the following Thevaaram that highlights the importance of the Pachaakshari manthra.

மந்திரநான்மறையாகியவானவர்
சிந்தையுணின்றவர் தம்மையாள்வன
செந்தழலோம்பியசெம்மைவேதியர்க்
கந்தியுண்மன்திரமஞெழுத்துமே.
(பன்சாக்ஷரத்திருப்பதிகம்)

காதலாகிக்கசிந்துகண்ணீர்மல்கி
ஓதுவார்தமைநன்னெறிக்குய்ப்பது
வேதநான்கினுமெய்ப்பொருளாவது
நாதனாமநமச்சிவாயமே.
(நமச்சிவாயதிருப்பதிகம்)

The dhyaana mahimaa of this greatest of all manthras destroys the kaama krodha lobha madha maathsaryam of all the living beings and brings unto them the nirmala aananda swaroopam. If dhyaanam of the panchaakshari could bring this loftiest peace what will be the effect if a person could abandon karthruthvaabhimaanam, abandon the fruits of karma and dedicating them to Parameswara? Bhagavan Ramana says: “Easwaraarpitham nechyayaakritham chithasodhakam, mukthi saadhakam.”

In the puraana the three asuras Thaarakaakshan, kamalaakshan and vidyunmaali had made mayan to construct for them three fantastic flying forts made of iron, silver and gold with which they would fly into every city of the naras and devas and harass them. These three forts would join in a single line once every three thousand years. If at that time these three forts could be shot by a single missile then only they could be destroyed. Devas surrendered to Parameswara and pleaded with him to come to their rescue from the harassment of these three asuras.

KshoNi yasya rathO rathaangayugaLam chandraarka bimbadhvayam, kodhanda: kanakaachalo hariraboodhbhaaNo vichissaaradhi| ThooNiro jaladhirhayaa: sruthichayO mourvI bhujangaadhipa: ThansminmE hrudhayam ramathaam parabrahmaaNi|| To him this bhoomi became the chariot, Chandra sooryaaL became the wheels, mahaa Meru parvadham became the bow, Vaasuki the great sarpa raja became the thick thread that ties the ends of the bow, Mahaa Vishnu became the arrow, Brahma was the charioteer, the four Vedas became the four horses of the ratham and the ocean became the ambaraadhooNi. This was the spectacular vehicle on which Shiva rode towards the three asuras who have joined in a single line and shot them all with one single arrow and destroyed them. Such is the feat of this greatest Parameswara. The thathwaartham of this story is that the jeeva raasis with their three bodies (sthoola sukshma kaarana sariras) do greatly suffer from the ills of the miserable samsaara which is due to not knowing who we are. It is only due to the relationship that we have to this sthoola sookshma kaaraNa sareerams that these sufferings ensue. It is the Shivaanubhavam and Shivagnanam that removes these sufferings and brings us the Moksha. ‘Gnanam Maheswaraadhichcheth’ is the saasthra. To attain this advaita gnana Parameswara’s grace is absolutely necessary.

(to be continued)

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