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Ashtavarana (Part 4)

This is the final article on the Ashtavaranas Maṅtra, Prasda, Padodaka - By Guru Bale

Asṭāvarṇa are Guru, Liṅga, Jaṅgama, Vibhūti, Rudrakṣi, Maṅtra, Prasāda and Pādōdaka. They are like an armor. They protect devotee from swaying from the path of Śivayōga. Devotee performs Śivayōga to lose the bond of saṁsāra and to gain freedom from the cycle of birth and death. Maṅtra is one among the eight Asṭāvarṇa. Among the 70 million maṅtras paṅĉākṣari maṅtra is superior. The Paṅĉākṣari maṅtra is called the king of maṅtra for it contains the three words aṅga, liṅga and their union. The following vaĉana by Akkamahādevi confirms the superiority of this maṅtra. Seventy million great maṅtras, Innumerable sub maṅtras The heart is in a state of confusion! Oh mind, Is it not enough to say „Śiva Śivā‟? for this reason. Śivēti maṅgaḷaṁ nām yasya vāĉi pravartatē‫׀‬ Bhasmībhavaṅti tasyāśu mahāpātakakōtiyaḥ‫׀׀‬ So, This alone is maṅtra for me, This alone is taṅtra for me, This is everything including my life It is the one shown by my guru Ĉennamallikārjuna This is the simple maṅtra for me. Siddaliṅgēśvara says the following about the Paṅĉākṣari maṅtra: For me there is no God but Śiva There is no maṅtra but Śiva maṅtra As such Ōṁ Na Ma Shi Va Ya, Ōṁ Na Ma-Shi Va Ya Are the only words of my prayer Mahaliṅga Guru Sri Śiva Siddēśvara Prabhuve Siddaliṅgēśvara further writes Vibhuthi in forehead Rudrākṣi in the neck Śivamaṅtra on the face Liṅga on the body Such a devotee of Śiva Is In fact Śiva Mahaliṅga Guru Śiva Siddēśvara Prabhuve. By praying with Paṅĉākṣari maṅtra, one can escape from the cycle of birth and death. Paṅĉākṣari maṅtra is made of five letters namely Na, Ma, Śi. Va, Ya. These five letter becomes a maṅtra when given by Guru during Liṅga initiation. Other wise it is a group of words only. Each letter in the Paṅĉākṣari maṅtra suppresses the influence of sense organs. There are three ways of praying the Paṅĉākṣari maṅtra. Praying loud so others can hear. It is called Vāĉaka. Praying silently moving lips. It is called upāṁśu. Praying silently without moving lips is called Mānasika. Mānasika way of praying is the best. In Paṅĉākṣari maṅtra, „namaḥ‟ is for jīva; „Śiva‟ is for Śiva and „āya‟ is for unity of jīva with Śiva. The meaning of „Śivāya‟ is salutations to „Tattvamasi‟‟ or to the one that covers the entire universe. The meaning is 16

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