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Siva Panchakshari mantra - the way to eternal bliss

------ © Dr. Satya Prakash Choudhary

Note : The following is an old article of mine that I wrote for an internet discussion group. It has been reproduced here verbatim without editing. Thus the conversational style

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When it comes to mantras, Sadhana is more about silent practice, and less of discussion. Theoretical knowledge of mantras is of no use at all if one does not practice the sadhana of the mantra. And yes, most mantras require being initiated into the practice by an adept. And if one is initiated by an adept, he would have received the RIGHT KNOWLEDGE AND INSTRUCTIONS that go with it. So generally speaking, since I don't see any point in a theoretical discussion of mantras, I try to stay away. In this case I guess I could share a little because of a couple of reasons.



> The real panchakshari is Namah Sivaya, without OM. If we stop >counting OM in the mantra, and we follow the same principle with the >other ekaksharas or beejaksharas like, hrIM, shrIM or klIM, then the >counting of all the mantras will be changed. I think this is not >proper. The Panchakshari mantra is extracted out from the Panchakshari >stotra.



While it is true that the panchakshari is ENCODED (I wonder if the word "extracted" is appropriate really) within the panchakshari stotram, TRADITIONALLY THE PANCHAKSHARI IS TRACED TO THE FAMOUS RUDRA ADHYAYA OR THE SATARUDRIYA OF THE YAJUR VEDA.



The Satarudriya is one of the most powerful prayers. "Ananta Vai Vedah"-Infinite is the meaning of the Vedas. There are multiple facets to the Satarudriya. "Rudrasyedam Rudriyam" Being related to Rudra these are known as Rudriyam. Rudra is self-efflugent and he is none other than Shiva Mahadeva. Rudradhyayam is the
essence of Yajurveda. Yajurveda is the head of Paramesvara, who is the Veda Purusha. There are seven Skandhas in Yajurveda. There is Rudradhyayi in the centre of the middle Skandha. In this Rudradhyayi
there are one thousand Rudra Mantras. And it is said that Namassivaya or the Siva Panchakshara Mantra shines in the centre of these one thousand Rudra Mantras. Rudram being in the middle, is considered the face of Rudra or Paramesvara.



As the Yama Smriti affirms, Rudram is considered as the essence of
the Vedas and can absolve one of all sin the moment it is chanted.
The merits acquired by chanting this are immense. And what's more the
Rudram is very sonorous and musical. It is a great experience to
listen to a group of traditional vedic priests chanting it in a
chorus. In this regard, probably no vedic chant can surpass it. But
it is difficult to chant the Satarudriya, because it requires
training, as all veda mantras do. It takes years to learn a little of
the vedic chants from a practical point of view. So what do the
majority do? Are they to be deprived of the great benefits of the
Satarudriya?


No. As already stated, Namassivaya or the Siva Panchakshara Mantra
shines in the centre of these one thousand Rudra Mantras. Yajurveda
is the head of Paramesvara, who is the Veda Purusha. Rudram which is
in the middle is the face, Panchakshara is His eye, 'Siva' which is
in the centre of the `Namassivaya' is the apple of the eye. He
who does Japa of this Panchakshara is freed from births and deaths
and attains eternal bliss. This is the traditional view of the
panchakshari.


Now let me proceed to the mantra as such. Panchakshari is a
Mahamantra which is composed of five letters, Na ma ssi va ya. It is said to be the best among seven crores of Mantras. I will take a diversion here.


Some one seemed to be worried about chanting the mantra wrongly.
Someone is of the opinion that it is bhakti that matters largely. Yet
another may tell you that the science of mantras is an exact one and
you should not play with mantras. All are right. For convenience sake one may classify mantras into various categories. Without going too deep, let me tell you the bare minimum.



The tantric mantras with prayoga are very much like an exact science
(I may post an introductory article explaining the rationale etc
later if I feel like- I remember M Desai asking for a clarification
in another context). It is advisable not to play around with them
unless one has been initiated by an adept and has been instructed
fully. But there are mantras that are based on nama (names) of the
Lord. The Name of Lord Siva chanted in any way, correctly or
incorrectly, knowingly or unknowingly, carefully or carelessly, is
sure to give the desired result. Such sattvic mantras based on the
Lord's names can work very well just based on one's devotion and
GRACE.


As Swami Sivananda explained, "`Namah' means `Prostration'. `Sivaya Namah' means `Prostration unto Lord Siva'. The Jiva is the servant of Lord Siva from the Deha-Drishti. `Namah' represents Jivatman. `Siva' represents Paramatman. `Aya' denotes `Aikyam' or identity of Jivatman and Paramatman. Hence `Sivaya Namah' is a Mahavakya, like`Tat Tvam Asi' which signifies the identity between the individual and the supreme soul".

The panchakshari is a safe mantra in that sense. Now let me tell you
of the variations of this mantra as I have learnt. Again I will quote
Swami Sivananda. "Panchakshara is of six kinds, viz., Sthula
Panchakshara (Namassivaya), Sukshma Panchakshara (Sivaya Namah,
Karana Panchakshara (Sivaya Siva), Mahakarana Panchakshara (Sivaya),
Mahamanu or Mukti Panchakshara (Si)".

 

Now to the main confusion that seems to nag us, what of the " OM "?
Adding the ' OM ' makes it the Shadakshari undoubtedly. And it is not a
corruption that crept in due to the effects of Kali Yuga! In fact
just like the Panchakshari stotram encodes each of the five letters
at the beginning of a verse so beautifully, there is the "SHADAKSHARI
stotram too that does a similar job of the six-lettered mantra.


Yet it is not uncommon for the six-lettered mantra to be referred to
as panchakshari while at the same time, writing that the mantra has
six letters! Consider this. The Panchakshara is said to be of six
kinds. But some of them especially the Mahakarana panchakshara ( Si Va
Ya) and Mukti Panchakshara (Si) have three and only One letter
respectively. The reason why they are still referred to as the
Panchakshara, is because they still have the same basis, though the
emphasis is different. But technically speaking the six-
lettered mantra is Shadakshari, and a variation of the original
Panchakshari. But definitely it is not a corruption.



The greatest (and probably the most beautiful as well as enigmatic) Tantric text of the Tamil Saiva tradition, is
Tirumular's "Tirumantiram". Even the thought of the text and the sage
can bring great joy to someone who has ever studied it sincerely. It
is spiritual poetry on one hand. On the other it expounds the
practical and theoretical aspects of Saiva religion and philosophy.
And at the same time it teaches the greatest secrets of Tantra to the
initiate in its characteristic enigmatic style. I cannot think of any
other text that could compare to the Tirumantiram in the way it has
dealt with the Panchakshari from a practical (tantric) point of view,
covering all the variations and yantras. At the same time, it does
not let the actual goal of Moksa out of sight. All I can say is -
"inspiring spiritual poetry with great tantric depths".



The Tirumantiram gives all the variations and a lot more. It deals
with the six-lettered variation as well as the five-lettered. And it
also drives home the significance of each letter.



I can only say what the wise people have instructed me. The
panchakshari is undoubtedly a great mantra in all its
variations. "Just as fire has the natural property of burning
inflammable things, so also the Name of Lord Siva has the power of
burning the sins, Samskaras and Vasanas and bestowing eternal bliss
and everlasting peace on those who repeat the Name of the Lord. Just
as burning quality is natural and inherent in fire, so also the power
of destroying sins with their very root and branch and bringing the
aspirant into blissful union with the Lord through Bhava Samadhi, is
natural and inherent in the Name of God".


While any of the variations can confer merit, freedom from negative
karma, and take an aspirant forward on the spiritual path, the
shadakshari and Mukti Panchakshari (Si) are said to be expressly for
emphasizing Moksha. I do not want to go deeper than this and would
like to leave it there. For the benefit of those who are interested, I have appended some select verses from the fourth tantra of
Tirumantiram, as they could be of some interest to a few here. The
translation is by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami and the entire text
can be accessed at


http://www.himalayanacademy.com/books/tirumantiram/TableOfContents.html

 


But before that I will give you a taste of the sage's revelations.


Sage Tirumular says:


God alone is the Guru or the spiritual teacher. He shows Siva or Sat. Sat-Guru is Ambalam or Chidakasa Siva. You will have to search the
Guru in your own heart. Knowledge, devotion, purity and Siddhis are
obtained through the grace of the Guru. The grace descends in
virtuous aspirants who have purity, dispassion, etc. (the text later
describes the human guru as an instrument and distinguishes between
God as Guru and the agent of instruction -Guru param)


"Abandon pride of learning. Introspect. Look within. You will be
firmly established in Siva. Nothing will shake you. You will be freed
from the trammels of births and deaths."


Saiva Siddhanta teaches Advaita only. It is Siva Advaita.


Now read some verses from the text.

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951: Three Ways of Chanting Panchakshara
With "A" and "U" to commence,
And "Si" in center
(That is, as Om Na Ma Si Va Ya),
With "A" and "U" to commence,
And "Va" and rest aspirating in breath regulated,
(That is, as Om Va Si Ya Na Ma)
With "A" and "U" to commence,
And "Si" and rest in order following,
(That is, as Om Si Va Ya Na Ma)
As you thus chant,
The Primal Lord of "Om" appears,
Rejoicing.

953: Chant Aum, Nandi Appears
When with "A", chant "U" simultaneous,
Then does melting Mukti there appear;
When "Ma" I chanted,
With me was "Nandi";
How shall I speak of my Father's greatness!


954: Heavenly Letter Ends Birth
The knowledge of Jiva here below
Is unto letters written on water;
There is a Letter in heaven
They seek it not;
Who knows that Letter?
They who know it,
Have birth ended.


955: Mukti is When Aum Appears in Garland of Letters Within
Course breath through central Sushumna,
And be in the center within of the Garland of Letters;
When in the Center of that garland
The Primal Mantra AUM, Vedas speak of appears,
Then is Mukti, sure indeed.


961: Aum is Oblation to Siva
If Bindu and Nada conjoint reach
The Mystic Moon inside the head,
The heavenly ambrosia wells up,
The Mantra that rises there (AUM)
Is verily the oblation to Siva.


962: Chant Aum and Be Redeemed
They who chant the Six-Letter Mantra (Om Si Va Ya Na Ma)
Are they who truly know;
They who chant not the Six-Lettered Mantra
Are they who know not;
Even they who chant with other letter none,
May with One-Letter (AUM) redeemed be.

967: Chant His Name; He Beckons to You
They who continuous chant Lord's Holy name,
In desire high,
For them Karma's miseries fleet away;
The Lord says: "Come unto me"
--He of Matted Locks.
968: Lord in His Five Letters
He is Life's Elixir,
He is Time Eternal,
He is Music's melody,
He is Song too;
The Celestials adore Him fervent;
In their thoughts He stood;
In Five Letters He stood.

969: Chant Five Letters and Be Forever Young
Spaces vast arise from Five Letters great
Temples Holy are Five Letters great
Grace of Lord is Five Letters great
Chant Five Letters great,
You shall ever young be.

970: As One-Letter Lord Pervades All
As Seed-Letter, He pervades Spaces and Beyond,
As Goodly-Letter, He fills world and sustains it,
As Renowned-Letter, He stands as fire, and life,
As one Letter, He stands Resplendent Rare.

971: Chant Sakti's Letter Va
In the sound of Fourth Letter (Va) world takes form,
In the sound of Fourth Letter is World contained,
For them who chant Fourth Letter incessant,
The Fourth Letter is Way Holy.

972: Chant Na Ma Si Va
The lovely Sakti into my heart entered;
There She sat rejoicing;
Chant Na Ma Si Va,
Think of what it brings;
Cling to Her Feet;
Transformed was I;
All my prattle ceased.

973: Na Ma Si Va is Sakti Mantra
This corporeal body is of rice food made,
Offer it into the fire of Om
Chant incessant Na Ma Si Va
That the name of Sakti Finite is;
She, Mistress of Dharma, stands revealed.

974*3Lord Dances in the Five Letters
Letters Five are Lord's gift,
In it, central He dances, night and day,
In endearment eternal;
He that assumed, Forms Eight.

975: What "Aum" and "Sivaya" Stand For
Letter "A" is Jiva; "U" is Para
"Ma" is Mala
Thus it is in Three-lettered Word "A U M"
"Si" is Siva; "Va" is Sakti;
"Ya" is Jiva--
Thus it is, in Three Letter-Word Si Va Ya.

976: Chant Om Na Ma Si Va
Letters "Na" and "Ma" to commence,
Letter "Si" in center,
Letter "Va" intoned in breath regulated,
Together with "OM" at beginning of all,
If you even once chant thus,
The Lord of "Ma" (Maya)
Will in your heart be.

977: The Five Letters Can Control the Five Senses
Five the elephants (senses)
In the body-forest roam,
The Five Letters become the goads
For the five elephants,
Only they who can contain
The five (senses) together,
Can, unafraid, reach Primal Lord.

978: Contemplate Si Va Ya
The Five Kalas arose
From letters "A" and rest (A, U, M)
From them arise the Five Letters,
Leave out Letters "Na" and "Ma"
(Thus "Si Va Ya" contemplate)
Nandi in Muladhara you seek;
Those who meet Him there with Parai (Sakti)
Will have actions none more to perform.

979: Si Va Ya Leads to Liberation
Chant Si Va Ya in love
You shall immortal be;
It is Yoga rare and Jnana as well;
With it,
The illumined Jiva receives Grace
And he Siva becomes;
That indeed is liberation true.

980: Five Letters are the Refuge
Realize truth of blissful letters Five,
The Para Para fills your heart;
Truth this is;
And immortal you will be;
Letters Five is your Refuge;
None other, I emphatic say.

981: Aum Si Va Ya is Siva (as Form)
Chanting "A" and "U" in understanding
Along with "Si", "Va" and "Ya" (That is as Om Sivaya)
Is verily Siva's Form,
They who understand "Si", "Va" and "Ya" with "A" and "U"
Have realised "Om Sivaya" as Mantra great.

982: Chant Aum Si Va Ya Nama and Reach Lord
Hold Si, Va and Ya,
And Na and Ma
In heart's center,
And with "Aum";
The Letter Five when thus chanted,
The Lord of "Ma" (Maya) appreciative appears.

983: Chant Namasivaya and Vanquish Karmas; Chant Sivaya Nama and Be
One With Sadasiva
In the Five Letters beginning with "Na" (Na Ma Si Va Ya)
Are all actions you seek to do;
In the Five Letters are stubborn Karmas vanquished;
Those who hold in their hearts
The Five Letters with "Si" to begin (Si Va Ya Na Ma).
Will with Primal Sadasiva one be.

984: Chanting "Siva" Takes You to Siva
The Letters "Na" to begin (Na Ma) is Jiva,
The Letters "Si" to begin (Si Va) is Para,
Even they who have tapas none,
By chanting Si Va,
May yet Siva become,
The Lord of Tattvas,
This true, beyond doubt.

985: Chant Aum and Win Senses
Know "A" and "U" together (AUM) in depth
Seek Nandi in Jnana within,
The Five wavering senses,
Your friends become;
Chant AUM and be doubt-free.

986: Aum Denotes Tattva Manifestations of Siva
They know not well Letter Eight ("A") and Two ("U")*
They the ignorant ones, know not what "Eight" ("A") and Two ("U") are;
Eight and Two (AUM) are but Nine;*
That verily is truth of Siddhanta Jnana.

994: Six Letters Aum are the Six Faiths and Savitri Mantra
The Six Letters are the Six religions,
The Six Letters multiplied by four,
Into four-and-twenty proliferated,
That the Letters of Savitri mantra art;
Savitri has the Letter First (that is Aum)
They whom separate meditate on it,
Have no more the birth-travail.

996: Chant Om Na Ma Si Va Ya
Chanting Mantra "Na" to begin and "Ya" to end--Na Ma Si Va Ya,
And prefixing Mantra that has "A" and "U"--" OM "
Those who meditate thus
Will see the Primal Lord inside their head.

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Hope the above helps.

Regards

Satya Prakash

NOTE: For those who do not wish to go through the full chapter (4th
tantra of the Tirumantiram, I am appending below more selected verses
that are relevant to the topic.



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884: The One-Letter Mantra of Our Lord
I praise, I laud
Jnana that is our Refuge;
I adore Holy Feet of Lord,
Constant in my thought;
I expound Siva Yoga;
Hearken you!!
I chant the One Letter, Aum
Dear to our Lord.

885: Letters A, U and M
By One Letter, A, He all worlds became;
By Two Letters (A and U), He the Two became--Siva and Sakti;
By Three Letters (A, U and M), He the Light* became;
By Letter M was Maya ushered in.

888: One Letter Aum is Divine Dance
That which became Tandava Dance is One Letter Aum
That which became Tandava is Grace-act of Lord
He who performed Tandava is One Being Uncreated
In the Golden Hall is Tandava Dance.

889*36God is Letter A and U
He is the Cosmic Light
He is Tattvas all;
He stands as Letters A and U
He is the Light Divine for Tattva Dance;
He is for Himself the Support All.

890: Variations of Namasivaya
He is the Uncreated Lord, Para Para Great for worlds all
In the Sphere of Muladhara He stands as Na-Ma-Si-Va-Ya
In the Sphere of Fire He stands as Na-Ma-Si-Va-Ya
In the Sphere beyond (Sun) He stands as Na-Ma-Si-Va-Ya
In the Sphere of yoga (Moon) He stands as Ya-Va-Si.

891: Letters A and U are Si and Va
Letters A and U are Si (Siva) and Va (Sakti)
They supreme are;
They are Voids, beyond reach of thought
They are Spaces Vast, of Intelligence Supreme,
Where He His Holy dance performs;
Letters A and U are Refuge Finale and Joy Eternal.

892: Letters Three--Si Va Ya
Letters Si Va Ya are bliss perpetual;
Letters Si and Ya are Jnana;
Si-Va-Ya is unalloyed joy;
Not many know this,
They who realizes this in Joy
Will Him behold in Dance-Joyous (Ananda).

893: Letters Two--A and U Became Five Letters
A and U are Letters Two,
All men of vast knowledge chant;
They are Letters Two
Into One and Five Letters resolve;
In them merge
The Tandava Dance of Dissolution;
In Muladhara Triangle they are,
Ascending high to Adharas rest.

894: Letters A and U are the Agamic Mantra
They are the Sadasiva;
They are the Agamas imperishable;
They are the Godly Goal,
They are the shady Mastwood Tree where bees indwell
They are the dance Holy;
They are the Agamic teachings divine,
They are the Immaculate Purity
Of the Divine Dance Hall.

895: Letters of Engrossing Purity
The Letters Pure are the Agamas;
The Letters Pure are Pati, Pasu Pasa;
The Letters Pure are Grace that is Bliss;
The Letters Pure are Egoity, Maya and Desire;
The Letters Pure are site of Divine Dance. 900: All Mantras Contained
in Two-Letter Mantra
Seven Thousand mantras there exist;
But none, of this potent divine;
This the mantra that is Siva's Holy Form;
And all mantra is in this contained.

901: Letters A and U are Tattva Dance
He is unto Himself in His Dance;
He stands as A and U;
He is the One for Mayaic Dance of Tattvas;
He dances the Dance, peerless here below.

902: The Dance Transforms Jiva Into Siva
The Dance in Letters Two
It is the Dance joyous;
It is the Dance of dissolution;
It is the Dance that leads to bliss;
It is the Dance that is Siva Linga
It is the alchemy that transforms
The coppery Jiva into golden Siva.

903: Sivaya Nama Purifies and Transforms Jiva
Chant "Sivaya Nama;"
Copper turns into gold;
The Chit Para there exists,
Turns copper into gold
Chant "Srim" and "Krim;"
Copper turns into gold;
The Holy Temple alchemises
Copper into gold.

905: Chant Sivaya Nama and Behold Dance
This the way to chant:
Sivaya Nama, Sivaya Nama;
If you chant that way,
No more birth will be;
With Lord's Grace,
You shall behold the Eternal Dance;
And copper (that is Jiva) turns into gold (that is Siva).

906: Chant Sivaya Nama in Silence
This mantra is golden;
Chant it not loud,
Just say it;
Your body glows red,
If you take it in slow,
As you breath in,
Your body becomes gold;
And in time,
Shall you behold the Golden Feet of Lord.

907: Chant Sivaya Nama and Behold Golden Feet
You shall behold the Golden Feet
You shall have children noble;
In the name of that Golden Feet I say,
The copper that is Jiva,
Will become gold that is Siva;
And as you behold the Golden Feet,
You too shall His Form assume;
Center the mantra in your thoughts,
And witness the goodly Dance of Golden Feet.

908: Chant Sivaya Nama and Attain Siddhis
You may easy transmigrate into any body;
The goodly Sakti will your companion be;
If you chant the mantra,
The fiery snake of Pasa will leave you;
That mantra is the secret of the Holy Dance,
Chant it unceasing.

909: Chant Sivaya Nama and Enjoy Bliss of Siva
It is the Sukshma (Subtle) mantra;
Chant it eight thousand times;
You shall see the (Sushumna) Path Subtle,
You may enjoy the bliss of Siva
That is subtlest of all.

910: Sivaya Nama are of the Life-Vowels Five and Seminal Sounds Five
One the Supreme Bliss,
One the Supreme Bliss,
Thus chant the mantra
You shall have Bliss,
Bliss has its source in Letters Five;
A-I-U-E and Aum the life vowels they are;
They become the Five Letter mantra
And joy that is within joy;
Bliss lies in the seed-letters Five;
Hum-Hrim-Ham-Ksam-Am, are they.

911: Two Letters Become Five Letters
The Two Letter mantra is Body of Lord
Chant it inarticulate;
As the Two suffuse your body,
You stand transformed;
The Two Letters that are Lord's Corpus
Become Five Letters that is Jiva;
U-A-I-E-O
The Two Letters that are Lord's Corpus
Become the Five Letters that is Siva Dance
I-O-U-A-E.

912: Dance Vowels Become Five Letter Mantra
The Dance-Letters Si Va Ya become Namasivaya
The Dance-Letters I, U, A, E and O(m) become Sivaya Nama
The Dance-Letters I, U, A, E and O(m) become Si Va Ya Nama
The Dance-Letters I, U, A, E and O(m) become the stellar mantra Nama
Sivaya*

913: The Dance of Ruby
He danced as One, alone
He danced as Two, with Sakti
He danced as several, all life in;
He danced in Three, Sun, Moon and Fire;
He danced in Seven, the worlds that are;
He danced on one Foot;
He danced in Saktis Nine;
He danced in arena that is Space;
He danced the Dance of Ruby.

919: The Five Letters Manifest (Sthula) and Subtle (Sukshma)
The Panchakshara (Five Letters) is the Lord's Abode,
That Panchakshara Manifest (is Namasivaya)
That Subtle is Sivayanama
Thus is He in that Mantra,
Manifest and Subtle.

934: Panchakshara Chakra
Letter-Five is seat of Nandi
Letter-Five is Holy Mantra
Letter-Five is Divine Chakra
Letter-Five is Lord's abode.

935: Chant Letter of Dance--Si
How do you see the Dancer?
Many are the ways;
Chant first Letter of Dance (Si),
Thou with Dancer will one in thought be;
That the way to see the Dancer truly.

936: Chant Om and Rouse Kundalini
Kindle the Fire (Kundalini) where it dormant lies
Chant letter "OM" that in Kundalini is,
The Lord of Vedas stands in there
You His friend in there become. 938: Lord Revealed His First
Letter "Si"
The North beamed in radiant light
There stood Lord of Devas (Indra) crowned in diadem bright;
And the Lord revealed His letter "Si"
Sparkling as rays within gem pure,
It beamed aloft for all to see
Unto a light set on mountain top.

939: The Lord is Uncreated
Himself He stands as the Soft Light Uncreated,
Himself He stands as the Vedas Self-Existent,
Chant His uplifting attributes
Himself He reveals,
The Sage Unborn of Vedas.

940: Lord of Vedas in Letter-Five
He, Lord of Vedas, gave us this birth,
That we might the Lord of Vedas become;
The Lord of Vedas stood within Letter-Five;
The Lord of Vedas is Himself Letter-Five.

941: Five-Letter Form of Siva
His Feet are Letter "Na"
His navel is Letter "Ma"
His shoulders are Letter "Si"
His mouth Letter "Va"
His cranial center aloft is Letter "Ya"
--Thus Five-Letter Form of Siva is.

942: See Lord in Five-Letter
Of greatness thus are Letters two and three,
And in it as His Radiant Form Nandi shone;
See Him as Letter " OM "
Wide He spreads unto Ocean Vast.

943: Power of Five-Letter Mantra
That Mantra spread everywhere
That Mantra its boon grants to lives all,
Do you chant it appropriate,
All hostility that harasses you shall flee;
It is the Mantra that makes you mighty and strong;
That Mantra do you invoke chanting OM.

944: Vision Divine Dance
Chanting Om
Invoke Holy Nandi;
Chanting "Na"
Kindle Kundalini Fire,
The goal to reach;
Make it blaze;
They who know Him thus
Verily saw Divine Dance,
For ever steeped in ecstasy.

947: Five Letters are the Five Elements and Five Colors
The Letters that stood thus
Are the Elements Five;
The Letters that stood thus
Are the Colors Five;
If Letters stood in order appropriate
He stood within the Letters, for sure.

951: Three Ways of Chanting Panchakshara
With "A" and "U" to commence,
And "Si" in center
(That is, as Om Na Ma Si Va Ya),
With "A" and "U" to commence,
And "Va" and rest aspirating in breath regulated,
(That is, as Om Va Si Ya Na Ma)
With "A" and "U" to commence,
And "Si" and rest in order following,
(That is, as Om Si Va Ya Na Ma)
As you thus chant,
The Primal Lord of "Om" appears,
Rejoicing.


952: Lord is in "Aum" Beyond Adharas
Where Adharas end,
"Aum" is;
There shall you see Lord
Who of Himself reveals;
He is Blemishless,
He is Light Divine,
He is Whole Truth,
He is the Alchemic pill,
Of flawless gold.


953: Chant Aum, Nandi Appears
When with "A", chant "U" simultaneous,
Then does melting Mukti there appear;
When "Ma" I chanted,
With me was "Nandi";
How shall I speak of my Father's greatness!

954: Heavenly Letter Ends Birth
The knowledge of Jiva here below
Is unto letters written on water;
There is a Letter in heaven
They seek it not;
Who knows that Letter?
They who know it,
Have birth ended.

955: Mukti is When Aum Appears in Garland of Letters Within
Course breath through central Sushumna,
And be in the center within of the Garland of Letters;
When in the Center of that garland
The Primal Mantra AUM, Vedas speak of appears,
Then is Mukti, sure indeed.

956: Sakti and Siva are on the Mystic Letter Below the Navel
Below the navel is a goodly Letter,
The unholy its greatness know not;
Even the Creator (Brahma) knows it not,
There it is Siva with Sakti, in splendour fullsome all. 960:
Chant "Om Sivaya Nama"
In formless space rises Nada,
In Sakti of slender waist rises Bindu,
Together they form, OM
With letter "Ya" in center,
When mantra Si Va Ya Na Ma is incessant chanted,
That mantra (Om Sivaya Nama) spouts Siva Bliss.

961: Aum is Oblation to Siva
If Bindu and Nada conjoint reach
The Mystic Moon inside the head,
The heavenly ambrosia wells up,
The Mantra that rises there (AUM)
Is verily the oblation to Siva.

962: Chant Aum and Be Redeemed
They who chant the Six-Letter Mantra (Om Si Va Ya Na Ma)
Are they who truly know;
They who chant not the Six-Lettered Mantra
Are they who know not;
Even they who chant with other letter none,
May with One-Letter (AUM) redeemed be.

967: Chant His Name; He Beckons to You
They who continuous chant Lord's Holy name,
In desire high,
For them Karma's miseries fleet away;
The Lord says: "Come unto me"
--He of Matted Locks.

968: Lord in His Five Letters
He is Life's Elixir,
He is Time Eternal,
He is Music's melody,
He is Song too;
The Celestials adore Him fervent;
In their thoughts He stood;
In Five Letters He stood.

969: Chant Five Letters and Be Forever Young
Spaces vast arise from Five Letters great
Temples Holy are Five Letters great
Grace of Lord is Five Letters great
Chant Five Letters great,
You shall ever young be.

970: As One-Letter Lord Pervades All
As Seed-Letter, He pervades Spaces and Beyond,
As Goodly-Letter, He fills world and sustains it,
As Renowned-Letter, He stands as fire, and life,
As one Letter, He stands Resplendent Rare.

971: Chant Sakti's Letter Va
In the sound of Fourth Letter (Va) world takes form,
In the sound of Fourth Letter is World contained,
For them who chant Fourth Letter incessant,
The Fourth Letter is Way Holy.

972: Chant Na Ma Si Va
The lovely Sakti into my heart entered;
There She sat rejoicing;
Chant Na Ma Si Va,
Think of what it brings;
Cling to Her Feet;
Transformed was I;
All my prattle ceased.

973: Na Ma Si Va is Sakti Mantra
This corporeal body is of rice food made,
Offer it into the fire of Om
Chant incessant Na Ma Si Va
That the name of Sakti Finite is;
She, Mistress of Dharma, stands revealed.

974*3Lord Dances in the Five Letters
Letters Five are Lord's gift,
In it, central He dances, night and day,
In endearment eternal;
He that assumed, Forms Eight.

975: What "Aum" and "Sivaya" Stand For
Letter "A" is Jiva; "U" is Para
"Ma" is Mala
Thus it is in Three-lettered Word "A U M"
"Si" is Siva; "Va" is Sakti;
"Ya" is Jiva--
Thus it is, in Three Letter-Word Si Va Ya.

976: Chant Om Na Ma Si Va
Letters "Na" and "Ma" to commence,
Letter "Si" in center,
Letter "Va" intoned in breath regulated,
Together with "OM" at beginning of all,
If you even once chant thus,
The Lord of "Ma" (Maya)
Will in your heart be.

977: The Five Letters Can Control the Five Senses
Five the elephants (senses)
In the body-forest roam,
The Five Letters become the goads
For the five elephants,
Only they who can contain
The five (senses) together,
Can, unafraid, reach Primal Lord.

978: Contemplate Si Va Ya
The Five Kalas arose
From letters "A" and rest (A, U, M)
From them arise the Five Letters,
Leave out Letters "Na" and "Ma"
(Thus "Si Va Ya" contemplate)
Nandi in Muladhara you seek;
Those who meet Him there with Parai (Sakti)
Will have actions none more to perform.

979: Si Va Ya Leads to Liberation
Chant Si Va Ya in love
You shall immortal be;
It is Yoga rare and Jnana as well;
With it,
The illumined Jiva receives Grace
And he Siva becomes;
That indeed is liberation true.

980: Five Letters are the Refuge
Realize truth of blissful letters Five,
The Para Para fills your heart;
Truth this is;
And immortal you will be;
Letters Five is your Refuge;
None other, I emphatic say.

981: Aum Si Va Ya is Siva (as Form)
Chanting "A" and "U" in understanding
Along with "Si", "Va" and "Ya" (That is as Om Sivaya)
Is verily Siva's Form,
They who understand "Si", "Va" and "Ya" with "A" and "U"
Have realised "Om Sivaya" as Mantra great.

982: Chant Aum Si Va Ya Nama and Reach Lord
Hold Si, Va and Ya,
And Na and Ma
In heart's center,
And with "Aum";
The Letter Five when thus chanted,
The Lord of "Ma" (Maya) appreciative appears.

983: Chant Namasivaya and Vanquish Karmas; Chant Sivaya Nama and Be
One With Sadasiva
In the Five Letters beginning with "Na" (Na Ma Si Va Ya)
Are all actions you seek to do;
In the Five Letters are stubborn Karmas vanquished;
Those who hold in their hearts
The Five Letters with "Si" to begin (Si Va Ya Na Ma).
Will with Primal Sadasiva one be.

984: Chanting "Siva" Takes You to Siva
The Letters "Na" to begin (Na Ma) is Jiva,
The Letters "Si" to begin (Si Va) is Para,
Even they who have tapas none,
By chanting Si Va,
May yet Siva become,
The Lord of Tattvas,
This true, beyond doubt.

985: Chant Aum and Win Senses
Know "A" and "U" together (AUM) in depth
Seek Nandi in Jnana within,
The Five wavering senses,
Your friends become;
Chant AUM and be doubt-free.

986: Aum Denotes Tattva Manifestations of Siva
They know not well Letter Eight ("A") and Two ("U")*
They the ignorant ones, know not what "Eight" ("A") and Two ("U") are;
Eight and Two (AUM) are but Nine;*
That verily is truth of Siddhanta Jnana.

994: Six Letters Aum are the Six Faiths and Savitri Mantra
The Six Letters are the Six religions,
The Six Letters multiplied by four,
Into four-and-twenty proliferated,
That the Letters of Savitri mantra art;
Savitri has the Letter First (that is Aum)
They whom separate meditate on it,
Have no more the birth-travail.

996: Chant Om Na Ma Si Va Ya
Chanting Mantra "Na" to begin and "Ya" to end--Na Ma Si Va Ya,
And prefixing Mantra that has "A" and "U"--" OM "
Those who meditate thus
Will see the Primal Lord inside their head.