God, Spirituality & Religion
Uniting EAST & WEST spiritually..!!
Lord Shiva with five faces is called Panchabrahma, Five faces represents five directions for each face (personality) worship with different mantras These Mantras can be used to worship Lord Shiva and his five personalities.
West is called as “Paschima or Pratyak”. The soul is called as “Pratyagaatma”. “Sadyaha which means just now and Jataha means now born. Shiva makes his presence felt through the countless souls being born. Hence the apt name 'Sadyojata'. This shows the creative aspect of Parameshvara. Since the very existence of any being starts from its birth, the Sadyosata aspect of Lord Shiva is prayed first.
सद्योजातं प्रपद्यामि सद्योजाताय वै नमो नमः।
sadyojātaṁ prapadyāmi sadyojātāya vai namo namaḥ
"O! Lord ! Sadyojaata I take refuge in the First Born, never give me desires which are the reason for this countless births and deaths. Please Bless me with the motive for liberation. My prayers to Sadyosata”.
Shivam Shaantam Jagannatham Loka Anugraha Kaaranam
Shivam Ekam Param Vande Shikaaraaya Namo Namaha
The term Vama means Left or innocent. If we stand facing east, North direction is to our left. Hence the north facing Shiva is worshipped as “Vaama Deva”. The left of a person is representative of the Shakti aspect. It represents “Maya and the feminine strength and beauty”, Hence in Ardha Nareeshwara aspect, we find the goddess on the left side.
वामदेवायनमो ज्येष्ठाय नमः श्रेष्ठाय
vāmadevāya namo jyeṣṭhāya namaḥ śreṣṭhāya
I bow to the beautiful Vaama Deva is more ancient that the world’s creation, the Eldest; to the Best, to Rudra and to Time,
वाहनं वृषभो यस्य वसुखी कण्ठ भूषणं
वामे शक्ति धरं वन्दे वकाराय नमोनमः||
Vaahanam Vrushabho Yasya
If we stand facing east, south is our right. Hence right side is called as “Bala”. As important as right hand is for humans, The South face is important to Lord Shiva. This is also famously known as “Dakshina Murthy”.
अघोरेभ्योऽथ घोरेभ्यो अघोरघोरेतरेभ्यः।
aghorebhyo'tha ghorebhyo aghoraghoretarebhyaḥ
I bow to those not terrible and those who are terrible,
महादेवं महात्मानं महा पातक नाशनं
महा पाप हरंवन्दे मकाराय नमोनमः||
The word “Tat” represents Paramatma. Tatpurusha means Saguna filled Para Brahma form. This is a important face of Parama Shiva. The form of Shiva that is in meditation and Blessing the world – is this face. Hence this eastern face is considered as the first face. The word “Tatpurusha” means “his person”. One who is always behind a person to protect is Tatpurusha.
तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि।
tatpuruṣāya vidmahe mahādevāya dhīmahi
May we know that Supreme Person
नमस्ते वृषभारूध नकाराय नमोनमः||
Namaste Deva Devesha
Which means it is on top of the other four faces which face the four directions. This fifth face of Shiva represents the creation – balance – annihilation energies and control and chaos energies. Eeshna face of Shiva which is skywards indicates the total encompassing energy of Lord Shiva.
ईशान सर्वविद्यानामीश्वरः सर्वभूतानां ब्रह्मादिपति ब्रह्मणोऽधिपतिर्।
īśāna sarvavidyānāmīśvaraḥ sarvabhūtānāṁ brahmādipati brahmaṇo'dhipatir
Ruler of all knowledge, Master of all beings,
यत्र कुत्र स्थितो देवं सर्व व्यापि नमिश्वर
यल्लिङ्गं पूजयेन्नित्यं यकाराय नमोनमः||
Yatra Kutra Sthitam Devam Sarva Vyaapi Namishvaram
Yallingam Puujayeennithyam Ya Kaaraaya Namo Namaha
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