Meaning of the panchakshara mantra
|Meaning of the panchakshara mantra |
The meaning of this matchless mantra is abound. The puranas and the philosophical texts talk in a very detailed and elaborate manner its meaning and significance and hail its ultimateness. Here only a simple meaning is presented to start with. The word shiva means auspiciousness and perfection. It refers to the god who is perfect without any kind of dependency on anything external to make it complete. Naturally because of this self-perfection, it is completely blissful and ever auspicious. (all other auspicious things are in one way or the other dependent on the external circumstances etc.) The prefix namah is the mantra of salutation. The mantra namahshivaya salutationally invoke the perfect god shiva.Ways of chanting the panchakshari While many mantras have restrictions as to when and how it can be chanted etc., there is no such restriction to the panchakshara mantra. “When you sleep as well as when you do not sleep, think of the holy five syllables with heartful of devotion ! This is the mantra that terribly kicked out the death when chanted (by markandeya) with sincerity.” Whoever you are, whenever be the time, whatever be the situation chant the holy five syllables. There are no restrictions of color, creed, caste, gender or any other restrictions. All it requires is sincerity. This mantra could be chanted as it is as panchakshara or could be chanted along with the pranava (aum) as shadakshara mantra (om namahshivaya). In fact it is to be noted that pranava itself is panchakshara mantra (akara, ukara, makara, bindhu, natham). Benefit of chanting the mantra
The thoughts make the person. The one who has the positive thoughts is happier and the one full of worries is the sad one. The thoughts not only have effect at that moment but they definitely make impression on the personality of the individual, which could have a very long lasting impact. In this background while the good thoughts itself would be making things better, what needs to be said about the super-powered mantras that are rich in meaning as well as energy ! Given the fact that “we tend to become what we keep thinking about”, when one chants the sacred panchakshara that hails the god as perfection and auspicious, it would take one towards that blissful perfection. It takes to the union with the supreme god. What else can be more rewarding ! Even the worst sinner would get corrected and get to the glorious states if chants this mantra piously.
Learning the various scriptures and chanting thousands of stotras (praise) of god, is all given secondary importance to chanting this great mantra. The authentic scriptures very clearly state that for the one who chants this mantra, even if none of the other scriptures are known or even any other worship of god is undertaken, that person would definitely gets eligible for the immense grace of the supreme lord shiva. For this the chanting of the holy five syllables has been prescribed as a definite requirement for the devotee. The sadhaka who wears the holy ash (vibhooti or bhasma) and rudrksha and chant (jap) the panchakshari with rudraksha japa mala gets more fruitful results. The supreme mantra very simple to chant and comes with no restrictions attached in order for everybody to chant and get benefitted. With no inertia in mind chant and keep chanting as much as possible namahshivaya.
Full of love, with melting heart, tears brimming, one who chants leading them to the glorious path, the name that is the real essence of the four vedas is the mantra nanaha shivaya. ***Sarve Janan Sukhino Bhavantu***
***Mahadeva Kataksha Siddhirastu***