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Shiva - The Meaning
shiva the name of the Lord is a mantra. It is a part of the very
holy mantra of shaivam The Holy Five Letters. mantra means powerful word.
The mantras are revealed to and through the sages in their matured spiritual
state to the entire world. These mantras may or may not be associated
directly to one particular language. At times they get interpreted in the
languages. The name shiva and The Holy Five Letters are accepted as they are
in different languages.
In saMskR^itam the word shiva means auspicious, prosperous
(maN^gaLam). The Lord who is called pashupati, Asutosha being
the Supreme that can not be measured by the thoughts, appears to the one who
worships as the God graceful, blissful and nurturing. Its auspicious and
graceful forms and names are invoked by the worshiper for the upliftment of
In thamiz it refers to shiva - civappu - chemporuL meaning the
Perfect Being. The God staying in a state blissful, enjoying in Its Own Self
eternally, without any flaws is the Supreme Lord shiva. The Perfection is
the completeness - there is nothing external that is required to make the
Self blissful. In this context it would be worthwhile to contemplate on
the mantra shivatarAya.
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