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Siva Dhyanam of Rudra Namakam
Rudra Prasanam of Yajur Veda
by Prasad Khidambi [ Sri Poorna Pragna ]
 
   
1 - ãpãthãla nabha sthhalãntha bhuvana brahmãnda mãvisphurathu
2 - jyothisphãtika linga mouli vilasath poorneendu vãnthãmuthaihi
3 - asthokaapluthamekameeshamanisham rudrãnuvãkãm japeth
4 - dhhyeedikshitha sidhhayee dhruvapadam viprobhhishinchechhivam
5 - brahmãndavyãptha dehã bhhasitha himaruchaa bhhãsamãna bhhujangaihi
6 - kanthhee kãlãha kapardhaha kalithasa sikhalãschanda kodanda hasthãha
7 - trakshya rudrãksha mãlã sulalitha vapusha sãmbhavãmoorthi bhedhãha
8 - rudrãsre rudra sooktha prakathitha vibhavãnaha prayachanthu soukhyam
 

(This is the most important Dhyana mantras of Lord Shiva. This explains the spiritual significance of the Linga and the shape of Lord Maha Deva. These 8 lines are the synthesis of all the Shaivite Puraanas and the Krishna Yajur Veda where the Rudra is worshipped in the Rudra Adhyam. The Cosmos bound by time and space and not bound by time and space is nothing but the Shiva. The shape of the Shiva and the Linga, and the description of the Shiva Roopa (Shiva's Form) stems from this differential existence of the Lord Maha Deva. This is the crude translation of the above 8 Mantras. To explain this the whole of the Rudra Namakam and Chamakam are compiled by sages. Though it is difficult to explain the whole meaning in a single page we tried our best for the devotees).

 
   
BIBLIOGRAPHY :
Pãthãla : Gross States of matter.
Nabha : The different states of stars stellar creations.
Bhuvana : The consciousness that pervades these states.
Brahmãnda : Cosmos bound by time and space and not bound by time and space.
Jyothi : The energy aspect that is the basis of creation.
Linga : Existential symbol of the Supreme Brahman devoid of qualities.
Kãla : Time.
Kodanda : Bow as in Kodanda Rama.
Tryaksha : Three eyes.
Rudra Suktha : This is the Part of Yajur Veda Dedicated to the explanations of Sada Shiva Tatwa of the Vedas. This is also called as Rudra Prasna, Rudra Adhyãya Rudra Anuvãka, Rudra Nãmakam & Chamakam.
Pinãka : The bow of Lord Shiva.
So He is called Pinãka Paani (Who has Pinãka in his hand).
 
  

 

Shiva Dhyanam - Translation

1. From the lowest levels of creation through the gross cosmic creation, involving in the subtleties of the Consciousness, encompassing the universe bound by the time and space and not bound by time and space.
2. What ever exists in the form of the glory of the Supreme Brahman devoid of qualities, that is symbolized by the eternal deity of the Lord Shiva in the shape of Linga. (The form of Shiva is explained below).
3. It is this Shiva that makes the cosmos cross the differential states of duality as it is the genesis of the Universe and for he recitation of this glory we recite the Rudra Namakam and Chamakam or Rudra Anuvakam or Rudra Prasnam or Rudra Adhyayam.
4. All the one who are well versed in the Vedic Realization, for the sake of achieving the eternal infinite state of consciousness which is immortal, will worship this Lord of the universe and offer oblations of their heart and soul to him.
5. The whole of the Brahmanda ( which is the gross manifestation bound by time and space and not bound by time and space) became his snake over his head.
6. The time which is the kala and which is part of the Yoga Maya, which is the cause of the creation of different states of the cosmos became his blue throat and his hands which are strong like bows. (Shiva's bow is called as Pinaka)
7. The three states of matter (Tredons - Tamasika, Photons - Rajasika, and Tachyons - Satwika) became his three eyes, and all subsidiary states of matter within these three bounds (like gasses, solids, liquids, plasma etc.) became the Rudraksha Garlands over his head, and manifested in the different aspects (bhedhaas) of Shiva. (Shiva is viewed with 5 faces to symbolize 5 elemental aspects of the Prakrithi. These faces are: VAMADEVA, TATPURUSHA, ISHANA, AGHORA, SADAASHIVA. These are called as 5 bhedhas. The 12 jyothirlingaas are the bhedas of the lingaas corresponding to these faces and 12 great temples are built for these linga bhedhaas. They are Amareshwar-Himaalayaas, Bhimeshwar- Andhara Pradesh, Chidembreshwar- Tamil Nadu, Kedareshwar- Kashmir, Mahakaleshwar- Ujjain, Mallikeshwar- Andhara Pradesh, Nageshwar, Omkareshwar- Bengal, Rameshwar- Tamil Nadu, Someswar- Gujarat, Traimbakeshwar- Maharastra, Vishveshar- Uttar Pradesh).
8. This glory of the Shiva and Linga is explained in the Rudra Suktha, for the auspiciousness and welfare of the humanity and we recite this for the Lord Shiva.

Sarve Janaha Sukhino Bhavanthu.

 
   
 
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