Shiva mantras to navigate spiritual energies upstream to the source of life
Divine couple Shiva and Parvati
Shiva is one of the three gods of Hindu trinity (trimurti): Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer. Shiva's tandava nritya (cosmic dance) symbolizes the repeated destroying and restoring of the universe (macrocosmos) and the constant decaying and regeneration of body cells as well as the fluctuations within the electromagnetic energy matrix of subatomic particles (microcosmos). The dissolution of the universe is called laya, pralaya or mahapralaya depending on its scale. In an occult sense, we can experience the spiritual mahapralaya (great dissolution) and extraplanetory world beyond dissolution by withdrawing all senses and mind into the innermost core of our causal body and transcending it (cf. Moksha Mantra). Shiva's fearful form is called Rudra. The symbolism behind the snake, trident, damaru, crescent moon, matted hair, Ganges water, and third eye is the arisen kundalini, mastery over the threefold nature of the phenomenal world such as three qualities (sattva, rajas, tamas), three times (past, present, future), three states of consciousness (waking, deaming, sleeping), three bodies (physical, astral, causal), etc., creation of sound, transcendence over the cycle of creation, control of sensual desire, purifying power, and spiritual wisdom respectively. Some of Shiva's names/attributes are: Hara (one who takes away [negative forces]), Shankara, Shambhu (one who bestows bliss), Natharaja (dancing king), Mahadeva (great god), Gaurimanohara (seducer of Parvati), Gangajatadhara (carrier of the Ganges River in his hair)...
Om (ong) Gam (gang) Ganapataye Namah
Ganesha (elephant-headed god, Shiva and Parvati's first son) is worshiped for his power to remove obstacles and invoked before starting any important tasks and events.
Om Namah Shivaya, Shivaya Namah Om
Om Namah Shambavaaya cha, Mayobhavaaya cha
Namah Shankaraaya cha, Mayaskaraaya cha
Namah Shivaaya cha, Shivataraaya cha
(from: Sri Rudra Prashna of the Krishna Yajur Veda )
Sambhava: source of happiness; Mayobhava: source of delight; Shankara: bestower of happiness; Mayaskara: bestower of delight, Shiva: Auspicious; Shivatara: the Most Auspicious One. (-aaya is the dative case suffix).
Shiva Pancha-Akshari (5 letters venerating Shiva: Na-Ma-Shi-Va-Ya)
Each strophe begins with one syllable of Namah Shivaaya and ends with tasmai x Kaaraaya (to that x letter) Namah Shivaaya (veneration to Shiva).
Nagendra-haaraaya trilochanaya ... Tasmai Na-Kaaraaya Namah Shivaaya / Mandaakini-salila ... Tasmai Ma-Kaaraaya Namah Shivaaya / Shivaaya ... Tasmai Shi-Kaaraaya Namah Shivaaya / Vasishta-kumbho ... Tasmai Va-Kaaraaya Namah Shivaaya / Yakshasvarupaaya Jatadharaaya ... Tasimai Ya-Kaaraaya Namah Shivaaya
The beauty of this stotram (hymn, praise, panegyric) can be best enjoyed if you know all 25 attributes of Shiva expressed in it in word and imagination. But the song and the video reveal their essence so nicely that you cannot fail to feel elevated and soothed just by listening to it and watching the images. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the artists. I confess that this video is my favourite and that I cried when I first watched it. And my deep reverence to Shri Adi Shankaracharya once more for his work of genius.