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Thirumanthiram


MarkspacerSacred Books of Saivism

MarkspacerThe Siddhas and siddhis

MarkspacerThirumular, Life History

MarkspacerThirumantram Preface

MarkspacerMythology in Thirumantiram

MarkspacerOm Namasivaya

MarkspacerThirumantram, an outlook

MarkspacerThirumular Pranayamam

MarkspacerAgamic Psychology

MarkspacerTantric Guidance

MarkspacerThirumantram


Thirukkural
MarkspacerVirtue

MarkspacerWealth

MarkspacerKamam

MarkspacerSearch by Kural No


PART I. VIRTUE
Markspacer1. The Praise of God

Markspacer2. The Excellence of Rain

Markspacer3. The Greatness of
spacerAscetics


Markspacer4. Assertion of the Strength
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Domestic Virtue
Markspacer5. Domestic Life

Markspacer6. The Goodness of the Help
spacerto Domestic Life


Markspacer7. The Obtaining of Sons

Markspacer8. The Possession of Love

Markspacer9. Cherishing Guests

Markspacer10. The Utterance of
spacerPleasant Words


Markspacer11. The Knowledge of
spacerBenefits Conferred:
spacerGratitude


Markspacer12. Impartiality

Markspacer13. The Possession of Self-
spacerrestraint


Markspacer14. The Possession of
spacerDecorum


Markspacer15. Not coveting another's
spacerWife


Markspacer16. The Possession of
spacerPatience, Forbearance


Markspacer17. Not Envying

Markspacer18. Not Coveting

Markspacer19. Not Backbiting

Markspacer20. The Not Speaking
spacerProfitless Words


Markspacer21. Dread of Evil Deeds

Markspacer22. The knowledge of what
spaceris Befitting a Man's
spacerPosition


Markspacer23. Giving

Markspacer24. Renown

Ascetic Virtue
Markspacer25. The Possession of
spacerBenevolence


Markspacer26. The Renunciation of
spacerFlesh


Markspacer27. Penance

Markspacer28. Inconsistent Conduct

Markspacer29. The Absence of Fraud

Markspacer30. Veracity

Markspacer31. The not being Angry

Markspacer32. Not doing Evil

Markspacer33. Not killing

Markspacer34. Instability

Markspacer35. Renunciation

Markspacer36. Knowledge of the True

Markspacer37. The Extirpation of
spacerDesire


Fate
Markspacer38. Fate


photoOm Namasivaya

Mantra is the sound-body of a god; Yantra depicts the sound-body in a diagram. Ajapa (A + Japa = No + Chant) is the primal mantra. This chantless mantra pervades the breath going in and out, the subtle sound 'sah´ going in and the subtle sound 'ham´ going out. As one chants this subtle-sound mantra 'soham´, a derivative of 'sah-ham,´ 'Hamsa´ comes into being by inversion. Soham, Hamsa and AUM (Pranava) are equipotent. Thirumular says that AUM, though a three-letter word, is a one-letter mantra. Soham is the unintonated sound of normal breathing, meaning 'I am He.´ Hamsa, meaning 'Swan´ as in RamaKrishna Parma-Hamsa, stands for an ascetic --Hamsan. All of us including all air-breathing living beings recite this Mantra 'Soham´ unknowingly for a lifetime. This chantless mantra (Ajapa Japa) is called Ajapa Gayatri. As you are breathing this chantless Soham in and out, you are identifying your individual self with the Great Self of the Supreme Being. Every breath (and the mantra) that you take pervades the whole universe of your body. This life giving force or mantra has the Great Self as the basis. Every time you chant a mantra, it leads the individual soul to the Great Soul-- the Source, the Essence.

Mular says that 'Sa' sound originates in Nada and 'Ha' sound originates in Bindu.

Each mantra is packed with salubrious vibrations, the release of which spreads through the universe of human body and spirit like the ripples generated by a rock dropped in a pond. It is also compared to a seed, which packs a tree inside, the growth of which depends upon the fertile soil. Such is the power of mantra. Mere chanting helps, but sincerity and surrender augment its power. Coming back to Soham, conscious recital (mantra japa) of a mantra and increasing the cycles of respiration with accompanying mantra are performed by yogis. Increasing the respirations without professional guidance is not recommended for beginners for it alters the pH of the blood with some ill effects. The purpose of mantra in kundalini yoga is to take you from a mere existence at Muladhara plane of four petals to superconscious Sahasrara plane of a thousand petals, where the unwound Kundalini power finds her union with Siva.

Mantras are double-edged swords; it can be used only for the good and never for harming anyone. If mantras are used for evil purposes, it is like digging a grave for someone else but falling and getting interred in it. A mantra is sound and or silent energy which has transformational power on the person who utters it. By Mantra a Devata is invoked. Chanting of Mantra is like shaking a sleeping person to wake up from sleep. The moving lips are Siva and Sakti; their movement is Mithuna (union). Sabda or sound is the name, artha is Devata whose name it is. The Devata that is produced is his/her manifestation, which is actually a roused, altered or higher consciousness of the Sadaka (aspirant), which can perceive the Artha or the object that is invoked by Mantra. Sabda is cognitive sound, while Artha is the object it denotes and the thought it provokes. Thus the whole universe is covered by sabda and the 50 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet, which is the Vaikhari stage in the evolution of Sound. Go to SOUND.HTM. Mahakali's garland of fifty heads represents those fifty letters; she absorbs the letters, the Sabda, and the Artha into herself during Maha Pralaya (Great dissolution). That is the naked fierceness of absorption or dissolution.

Sabda's causal source is Sabda Brahman, a manifest Brahman, while Para Brahman is unmanifest, soundless and Supreme, which is Turiya Consciousness where sound and thoughts involute. Go to POTPOURRI --Potpourri two for Sabda Brahman and Para Brahman.

AUM: Thirumular says that the one letter, A, represents the universe. The two letters A and U are Siva and Sakti, the latter being the all-powerful manifest energy of Siva. The three letters, A, U, and M are Siva, Sakti and Light, the last being Jnana or knowledge. The letter M is also Maya. Thirumular calls AUM as one-letter mantra, representing Tandava, the Divine Dance of Siva. Tandava is derived from Tandu, a dancer and servant of Siva. Any act performed by Siva is a dance. The dances are named according to his acts (creation, maintenance, destruction, veiling and Grace), places (Chidambaram, etc.), and competition (Urdhva), 25 Lilas (acts of play). The most celebrated dance is the 'Tandava´ in Chidambaram.

AUM: Tirumular says that the one letter, A, represents the universe. The two letters A and U are Siva and Sakti, the latter being the all-powerful manifest energy of Siva. The three letters, A, U, and M are Siva, Sakti and Light, the last being Jnana or knowledge. The letter M is also Maya. Tirumular calls AUM as one-letter mantra, representing Tandava, the Divine Dance of Siva. Tandava is derived from Tandu, a dancer and servant of Siva. Any act performed by Siva is a dance. The dances are named according to his acts (creation, maintenance, destruction, veiling and Grace), places (Chidambaram, etc.), and competition (Urdhva), 25 Lilas (acts of play). The most celebrated dance is the 'Tandava´ in Chidambaram.

In the plane of Muladhara (Kundalini, fist plane), he stands as Na-Ma-Si-Va-Ya--Na for earth and Brahma, Ma for water and Vishnu, Si for fire and Rudra, Va for Vayu and Rudra, Ya for Akasa and Sadasiva. NaMaSiVaYa has contextual meanings:

Entity Na   Ma   Si   Va   Ya  
The soul's journey to Grace   Veiling or Tirodhana   Mala or impurity   Lord Siva   Arul or Grace   The Jiva or individual soul  
Panchakshara (Five Syllables)   Tirodhana   The Universe   Lord Siva   Revealing Grace   The Jiva  
Body Parts   the lower limbs   the abdomen   the shoulders   The mouth   The eyes  
Siva's five functions in Nataraja stance   Destruction (left posterior hand with flame).   Concealing Grace, planted right foot.   Creation, right posterior hand with the drum.   Revealing Grace, left anterior hand pointing down to left foot--Jiva's refuge   Maintenance (Sthiti), right anterior hand with supinated upright palm. (A-bhaya mudra-fear-not symbol) [high-five position of palm]  
Five Elements   Earth   Water   Fire   Air   Akasa or ether  
Muladhara triangle-Kundalini   Earth and Brahma   Water and Vishnu   Fire and Rudra   Vayu and Rudra   Akasa and Sadasiva  
AUM       A (Siva)   U (Sakti)    
Perpetual Bliss       Bliss   Bliss   Bliss  
Jnana (knowledge)       Knowledge     Knowledge  
Pure Joy       Pure Joy   Pure Joy   Pure Joy  
Tandava dance of dissolution merges in       Si   Va    
Agamic mantra       A (Sadasiva)   U (Sadasiva)    
Pati-Pasu-Pasa Triangle     Pasa   Pati     Pasu  
Siva and Sakti       A (Srim)   U (Krim)    
A and U       Body of Siva   Body of Siva    
The dance letters of Siva's rhythmic dance steps.   O   I   U   A   E  
           

Tirumular says that anagram mantra, Na-Ma-Va-Si-Ya stands in the sphere of Fire; Va-Si-Ya stands in the Sun; and Va-Si stands in the Moon. Chanting Namasivaya drives away the fiery snake of Pasa--bondage. Sivaya Nama is the Sukshma (subtle) mantra, chanting which eight thousand times reveals the subtle path of Sushumna, destroys karma, and gives the bliss of Siva.




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