Sreemad Bhagawad Geeta
As understood by Seekers

Being with myself

VISIT TO MUMBAI

YUVASATYA DUBAI

VISIT TO DUBAI

RETREAT NOV 2019
SREE DAKSHINAMURTY STOTRAM

VISIT TO UK

VISIT TO SOUTH INDIA

RETREAT JULY 2019
SREE GURU PURNIMA

SUMMER RETREAT MAY 2019
SREE GEETA MAHAYANTRA

SAADHNA DAY

SREEMAD BHAGAWAD GEETA
& SREE TAPOVAN JAYANTI HOMAM - DECEMBER'18

ACT, ACTION AND AWARD

THE ENIGMATIC AUM

KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE

VISIT TO AURANGABAD

SREE ISHWARA MAHA ABHISHEKAM

TULA BHAAR

SREE GANAPATI ATHARVASHEERSH UPANISHAD

PYRAMID OF LIFE

PRASHNOTTARA SOPAN

SHIVAAPARAADH
KSHAMAAPAN STOTRAM

FEAR

OTHERS

My Experience as a Saadhak

Sharmistha Pati
Ghaziabad
February’19


Hari Aum!

Sree Shiv Panchaakshar Stotram is another great exposition by Sree Adi Shankaracharya, a great devotee of Lord Shiv. As the name suggests “Shiv Panchaakshar Stotram” consists of five akhsharas (letters) न मः शि वा य Na, Mah, Shi, Wa, Ya. Each letter glorifies some aspects of Lord Shiva, the Divinity which is in all of us. After understanding the stotram, we should surrender our inauspicious ego at the feet of auspicious ‘Shiv’.

नागेन्द्रहाराय त्रिलोचनाय भस्माङ्गरागाय महेश्वराय । नित्याय शुद्धाय दिगम्बराय तस्मै न_काराय नमः शिवाय ॥१॥

The first stanza starts with the letter न Na. Lord Shiv is adorned with garland of snakes. Adi Shankaracharya sees beauty in snake. It is a super imposition of the creation. The creation becomes amritam if it is taken as creation of God. He is ‘Trilochanaya’. We all are blessed with the “third eye”. While both our eyes are preoccupied seeing the play of Maya around, the third eye guides us to see the play of the Divine. The term ‘Bhasmangaragaya’ denotes the ephemeral nature of creation. Lord Shiv is smeared with bhasm or ash. It reminds us of nothingness of the world.

The seeker should burn off his vasanas. He should not be affected by the pluralities of the world; heat/cold, pleasure/pain etc. Lord Shiv is Nitya, constant, eternally present. He is beyond time and space. He is present in all directions. The true seeker should shed off his falsehood and absorb Shivatwa within himself.

मन्दाकिनीसलिलचन्दनचर्चिता नन्दीश्वरप्रमथनाथमहेश्वराय । मन्दारपुष्पबहुपुष्पसुपूजिताय तस्मै म_काराय नमः शिवाय ॥२॥

The second stanza starts with the letter Ma म which describes the holiness of the Mandakini river which touches the feet of the Lord. Lord Shiv is known as “Nandeeshwar”. He sits on Nandi, the bull. Nandi ji is the symbol of love and humility. In all our temples nothing comes in between the bull and Lord Shiv’s idol. Nothing obstructs his vision of Lord. Similarly, while in meditation, nothing should obstruct our vision of God. He is not disturbed by Pramaaths, a class of demons which are not pleasant to look at. We bow down to that Divinity who is beyond all these.

शिवाय गौरीवदनाब्जवृन्द_ सूर्याय दक्षाध्वरनाशकाय । श्रीनीलकण्ठाय वृषध्वजाय तस्मै शि_काराय नमः शिवाय ॥३॥

The third stanza starts with the letter शि. Here Adi Shankaracharya beautifully uses the analogy of the effulgent sun and the Lotus flower. Lotus blooms with the rise of the sun in the horizon. Similarly Mata Gauri (Lotus flower) represents our ‘Pure Intellect’ which shines in the presence of Lord Shiv (Sun) who resides within all of us. Our intellect is of the nature of Sati who was an argumentative daughter of Daksh Prajapati (representing ego). The fluctuating intellect has to be brought under the ‘Pure intellect’. Lord Shiv is ‘Dakshadhar Nishakaya’. Daksha-ego; the “I ness” in all of us has to be shed off. We should churn our mind-intellect instrument like the churning of the ocean. The negative tendencies should pave way for the positive. We should invoke Lord Shiv. The divinity within us will make us pure, will destroy our negativity. It will make us humble as Nandi ji who is the symbol of devotion and humility.

वशिष्ठकुम्भोद्भवगौतमार्य_मूनीन्द्रदेवार्चितशेखराय । चन्द्रार्कवैश्वानरलोचनाय तस्मै व_काराय नमः शिवाय ॥४॥

Fourth stanza starts with the letter व where Adi Shankaracharya talks of lord Shiv being worshipped by all great Rishis. Third eye of Lord Shiv is the special eye of Wisdom. While the left eye is influenced by Moon which is our mind, the right eye is guided by the Sun which is our intellect. The third eye is influenced by fire. This fire or the energy is provided by the Supreme which makes us see the world as the play of Divine and gives the right direction to our mind and intellect and is auspicious.

यज्ञस्वरूपाय जटाधराय पिनाकहस्ताय सनातनाय । दिव्याय देवाय दिगम्बराय तस्मै य_काराय नमः शिवाय ॥५॥

The stanza starts with the letter य, which means Lord Shiv is auspicious. His locks represent holding of Spiritual Knowledge. Mother Ganga has the blessings of coming out of the Kamandalu of Brahmaji then touching the feet of Vishnuji and being held by the locks of the Lord Shiv. With His blessings Trishul can pierce our three gunas and reveal our true Self.

पञ्चाक्षरमिदं पुण्यं यः पठेच्छिवसंनिधौ । शिवलोकमावाप्नोति शिवेन सह मोदते ॥६॥

At the end Shankaracharyaji tells us to sing this glory of the Lord, imbibe, assimilate and revel in Divinity. The thought of the Divine will lead us to think about the Eternal bliss. We should purify our mind. We should surrender our inauspicious ego at the feet of auspicious Shiv. This will lead to Self-realization i.e. Shivlok which is satswarupa and auspicious.