On Monday, 4 February 2019 Monday Night Meditation and Mantra will be resuming again for the new year, and what better way to start than with our first mantra dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The Hindu God of destruction and also a symbol of mercy, Lord Shiva is said to be easily pleased. All you need to do is to observe upvaas (fasting) on Monday (his sacred day) and also visit his shrines. It seems rather auspicious therefore that our first meditation and mantra circle for 2019 should be dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva is believed to assist people to overcome their life troubles, sorrow and even disease through the chanting of his mantras. Lord Shiva is said give moksha to his devotees, in that he relieves the devotees from the cycle of birth and death.
On 4 February, we will commence with the Om Namah Shivaya mantra which is said to help cleanse the soul as well as offering protection and security. This mantra means “O salutations to the auspicious one!”, and is also known as the Siva/Shiva Panchakshara or simply Panchakshara, meaning the “five-syllable” mantra. This mantra is usually preceded by the devotional syllable “Om”.
In Siddha Shaivism the Namah Shivaya mantra is considered as Pancha Bodha Tatva of Lord Shiva and his universal oneness of five elements:
- :: Na sound represents earth
- :: Ma sound represents water
- :: Śi sound represents fire
- :: Vā sound represents Pranic air
- :: Ya sound represents sky or ether.
Its total meaning is that “universal consciousness is one” .
The five letters also represent:
::Na is the Lord’s concealing grace
:: Ma is the world
:: Śi stands for Shiva
:: Vā is His revealing grace
:: Ya is the Ātman or soul.
The Tirumantiram (a scripture in Shaiva Siddhanta Shaivism) announces, “His feet are the letter Na. His navel is the letter Ma. His shoulders are the letter Śi. His mouth, the letter Vā. His radiant cranial center aloft is Ya. Thus is the five-lettered form of Shiva.”
One recording of the Om Namah Shivaya mantra can be found here.
Monday Night Meditation and Mantra are open to all and are suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced meditators. They are held most Monday evenings (except for public holidays) at the Isian Centre of Metaphysics in Parafield Gardens. More information about these meditation circles can be found here.