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Shiva

 


Shiva means the supreme one, the auspicious one, the pure one and for me the beloved one. Shiva is named as Pashupati which means the Lord of all living beings either it is humans, devas, asuras or any creatures. Another name Mahadeva depicts the great God, supreme in all devas(Gods).


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.


Lord Shiva is reckoned among the Tridevas (trimity). Brahma is the creator, Lord Vishnu is the preserver and Lord Shiva is the destroyer. Shiva is the lord of Shakti also.


Lord shiva is absolute which does not have any parents which never takes birth Which is all alone without association with any of the creatures or creations enjoying in the Self. God is the only one who is dependable for anybody / anything to surrender to as It is the only perennial Being. Hence God is the Lord of all creatures (lives/souls). For this reason the Lord is hailed as pashupati (Lord of living beings). Whether it is devas or asuras or humans or other creatures all are pashus. That being the case how could the Lord be partial to one section of pashus and withdrawing the Grace for the other ? So anybody who worships the Lord sincerely could get blessed with Its Grace irrespective of the caste, creed, race, power, status and qualities.


The Lord is so merciful that He showers the boons one look for when there is a determination to seek Him. It is evident from the history of asura bana who attained a great fame of his valor and got the place in the abode of Lord shiva all due to his determined worship of the Lord.


Lord shiva is the God of all. Like the mother He showers the grace for all the children, but the misusing children get punished. This Supreme Lord better than a mother does not withhold the grace, He is our beloved pashupati.


The God would not be biased. It would not differentiate between one group versus the other, whether it be divines or daemons or humans or plats or creatures or on race etc. All that matters is dharma and the pure devotion towards It. No doubt this lovely Lord shiva is worshipped alike by divines, daemons, scholars, not much learnt simple, and the other creatures.

 

 

Lingashtakam

 


ब्रह्ममुरारि सुरार्चित लिङ्गं
निर्मलभासित शोभित लिङ्गम्
जन्मज दुःख विनाशक लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् 1

Brahma Murari Sura architha Lingam,

Nirmala bashitha Shobitha  Lingam,

Janmaja dukha vinasaka lingam.

That pranamami sada shiva lingam.

I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,

Which is worshipped by Brahma, Vishnu and other Devas,

Which is pure and resplendent,

And which destroys sorrows of birth.


देवमुनि प्रवरार्चित लिङ्गं
कामदहन करुणाकर लिङ्गम्
रावण दर्प विनाशन लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् 2

Deva Murari pravarchitha Lingam,

Kama dahana Karunakara lingam,

Ravana darpa vinashana lingam,

That pranamami sad shiva lingam.

I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,

Which is worshipped by great sages and devas,

Which destroyed the god of love,

Which showers mercy,

And which destroyed the pride of Ravana.


सर्व सुगन्ध सुलेपित लिङ्गं
बुद्धि विवर्धन कारण लिङ्गम्
सिद्ध सुरासुर वन्दित लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् 3

Sarva sukandhi sulepitha lingam,

Budhi vivarthana karana lingam,

Siddha surasura vandhitha lingam,

That pranamami sada shiva lingam.

I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,

Which is anointed by perfumes,

Which leads to growth of wisdom,

And which is worshipped by sages, devas and asuras.


कनक महामणि भूषित लिङ्गं
फणिपति वेष्टित शोभित लिङ्गम्
दक्ष सुयज्ञ निनाशन लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् 4

Kanaka mahamani bhooshitha lingam,.

Panipathi veshtitha shobitha lingam,

Daksha suyagna vinasana lingam,

That pranamami sada shiva lingam.

I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,

Which is ornamented by gold and great jewels,

Which shines with the snake being with it,

And which destroyed the Yagna of Daksha.


कुङ्कुम चन्दन लेपित लिङ्गं
पङ्कज हार सुशोभित लिङ्गम्
सञ्चित पाप विनाशन लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् 5

Kunkuma chandana lepitha lingam,

Pankaja hara sushobitha lingam,

Sanchitha papa vinasana lingam,

That pranamami sada shiva lingam.

I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,

Which is adorned by sandal paste and saffron,

Which wears the garland of lotus flowers,

And which can destroy accumulated sins.



देवगणार्चित सेवित लिङ्गं
भावै-र्भक्तिभिरेव लिङ्गम्
दिनकर कोटि प्रभाकर लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् 6

Deva Ganarchitha sevitha lingam,

Bhavair bakthi pravesa lingam,

Dinakara koti prabhakara lingam,

That pranamami sada shiva lingam.

I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,

Which is served by gods and other beings,

Which is the doorway for devotion and good thought,

And which shines like billions of Suns.


अष्टदलोपरिवेष्टित लिङ्गं
सर्वसमुद्भव कारण लिङ्गम्
अष्टदरिद्र विनाशन लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् 7

Ashta dalopari veshtitha lingam,

Sarva samudbhava karana lingam,

Ashta daridra vinasana lingam,

That pranamami sada shiva lingam.

I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,

Which is surrounded by eight petals,

Which is the prime reason of all riches,

And which destroys eight types of poverty.


सुरगुरु सुरवर पूजित लिङ्गं
सुरवन पुष्प सदार्चित लिङ्गम्
परात्परं परमात्मक लिङ्गं
तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् 8

Suraguru sura vara poojitha Lingam,

Sura vana pushpa sadarchitha lingam,

Parathparam paramathmaka lingam,

That pranamai sada shiva lingam.

I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,

Which is worshipped by the teacher of gods,

Which is worshipped by the best of gods,

Which is always worshipped by the flowers,

From the garden of Gods,

Which is the eternal abode,

And which is the ultimate truth.


लिङ्गाष्टकमिदं पुण्यं यः पठेश्शिव सन्निधौ
शिवलोकमवाप्नोति शिवेन सह मोदते

Lingashtakam, Idam Punyam padeth Shiva Sannidhow,

Shivalokam avapnothi shive na sahamodathe.

Any one who chants the holy octet of the Lingam,

In the holy presence of Lord Shiva,

Would in the end reach the world of Shiva, ,

And keep him company.

 


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