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Glorious mantras of Lord shiva
mantra mean "powerful word". mantras are the ones that have when chanted
produce great effects. These are chanted repeatedly and that is called japa.
japa is a key part of Hindu prayer.
mantras are very rich in their meaning. While doing japa one can meditate on the
mantra - its meaning. As the mind dwell more and more into that, the mantra conditions the
mind and takes up to the higher states and forms the path to the great liberation - eternal
What makes mantras so special as compared to the normal words ?
mantras are not human composed. One may wonder how can that be possible. Especially
given that there are sages associated with the mantras ! The point to be noted is that
these sages are not composers of these mantras, as we normaly compose the sentences;
they are not the inventors, but they are the discoverers of the mantra. They get to know
the mantras in a state in which these words do not emanate from their thoughts, but they
are just passive audience to it. Those who go deep in meditation and realize God may be
able to get a feel of this situation.
To be such a discoverer, even though they are just passive hearers, needs great
amount of qualification. Only the perfect one can unchangedly reproduce the mantra heard.
The only one that is absolutely perfect is God. All other discoverers reproduce that mantra
only as pure as their closeness to perfection.
veda samhitAs are full of mantras and hence have been preserved for ages
in their pure form by utilizing the various techniques like patha, krama, jaTa, gaNa
pATas, that ensure that the chanter clearly gets the correct letters and even the
correct level of sound for each letter (svara). The chanters are advised to chant
the mantras only after getting the right pronunciation of it, so that the mantras are
presered against deterioration with time. There would be gurus who initiate the disciple
in a mantra. guru ensures that the disciple got the mantra right, so that the person can
chant independently as well as initiate others in that mantra. Ensuring this preservation
vedas were passed only through the tradition of guru and disciples and was never written
down till very recent past. (It is really amazing to note that without being written down
the vedas have been preserved in pure form across the land by these techniques. Though
the texts arem across the land by these techniques. Though
the texts are freely available now for anybody to read, it would be important to ensure that
these mantras are properly learnt and then chanted. This way the treasure that as been
preserved so carefully over multiple milleniums do not deteriorate due to indifference.)
It is to be noted that many of the hymns of thirumuRai(1) are known to have great
powers of mantras that are practiced even today.
While there are plenty of mantras available, there are a few that are chanted with
high esteem by the shaivas. Definitely those are highly powerful ones that can lead the
chanter on the great path to mukti (liberation). praNava, paNJchAkashra,
gAyatri to name a few. For shaivites the Holy Five Syllables (paNJchAkshara)
with or without combined with the praNava is the ultimate mantra.
As the mantra of four vedas, staying in the mind of celestials - ruling them,
the mantra for the rite growing perfect vedins for the twilight prayers,
is the Holy Five Syllables (namaH shivAya).
1. thirumuRai Medicine
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