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LORD SIVA AND HIS WORSHIP
by Swami Sivananda
Table of Contents
About This Book (Back Cover) Dedication v Swami Sivananda's Letter vi
SIVA MANTRAS AND STOTRAS
Siva Mantras 3
4 Siva-Shadakshara-Stotram 5 Linga-Ashtakam 6 Ardhanari-Natesvara-Stotram 8 Siva-Kavacham 10 Sarvalinga Stava 17 Attributes of Siva 21 The Sublime Vision 25 Song of Lord Nataraja 27 Glory of Lord Siva 28
Sadasiva 36 Ardhanarisvara 38 World-Teacher 39 Pasupata Yoga 39
THE SAIVA SIDDHANTA PHILOSOPHY
Siva And Tattvas 41 Pati-Pasu-Pasa 43 Sadhana 45 Ashtamurti 47 Suddha Saiva 49
PHILOSOPHY OF SYMBOLS
Philosophy of Symbols 50 Snake on The Body of Siva 51 Significance of Bhasma, Nandi, etc. 52 Philosophy of Abhisheka 54 Fruit of Abhisheka and Rudra Japa in Siva’s Temple 57
PHILOSOPHY OF SIVA TANDAVA
Philosophy of Siva Tandava 59 Lord Nataraja--The Great Dancer 64 Dance of Siva 66
SAKTI YOGA PHILOSOPHY
Sakti Yoga Philosophy 68 Siva and Sakti 78 Siva and Parvati 80 The Divine Mother 83 Sakti Energises the Trimurtis 84 Mother Ganga 86 Tripura Rahasya 89 Kamakshi and the Dumb Poet 93 Hymn for Forgiveness to Mother 94
VIRASAIVISM AND KASHMIR SAIVISM
Virasaivism 96 Kashmir Saivism 97
LORD SIVA AND HIS LILAS
Lord Siva and His Lilas 100 Tripurari 100 Siva Jyoti 100 Nilakantha 101 Ravana and Siva 101 Hari and Siva 101 Brahma’s Boon 101 Birth of Subrahmanya 102 Lord Siva and Daksha 103 Dakshinamurti 103 Tripura Samhara 105 Lord Siva Curses and Pardons Nakirar 106 Know Your Guru 108 Lord Siva Drinks Poison 110 Lord Siva Rides on the Bull 111 Lord Siva Wears the Ganga on His Head 112 Lord Siva’s Lila of Begging 113 Lord Siva Wears Trident, Deer, etc. 114 Lord Siva Has Uma on His Left 115 Lord Siva Wears Elephant’s Skin 115 Lord Siva the Fuel Seller 116 The Twentyfive Lilas of Lord Siva 119
SIVA YOGA SADHANA
Secret of Panchakshara 120 Meditation on Lord Siva 122 Worship of Siva 124 Siva Manasa Puja 127 Panchakshara Mantra Writing 127 Siva Jnanam 128 Worship of Siva Linga 130 Siva Linga is Chinmaya 133 Way to Attain Lord Siva 135 Greatness of the Prasad 137 Benefit of Pilgrimage 138 Benefits of Parikrama 140 Real Flower and Arati 143
THE SAIVA UPANISHADS
Rudra of the Upanishads 145 Rudraksha Jabala Upanishad 147 Bhasma Jabala Upanishad 151 Tripura-Tapini-Upanishad 157 Rudra Upanishad 164
THE SAIVA ACHARYAS
Appar or Tirunavukkarasar 170 Tirujnana Sambandhar 176 Sundaramurthy 182 Manickavasagar 186 Tirumular 190 Basavanna 191
Saints and Sages 193 Markandeya 195 The Story of Rishabha Yogi 196 Pushpadanta 200 Kannappa Nayanar 201 Sirutonda Nayanar 205 Lord Siva’s Mother 206 The Sixty-Three Nayanar Saints 210
Lighting Festival at Arunachala 216 Vijaya Dasami 218 Dassera 221 Vasanta Navaratri 223 Gauri Puja 225
SIVA YOGA MALA
Books on Saivism 227 Chidambara Rahasya 229 Siva and Vishnu Are One 232 Sivaratri Mahima 235 The Twelve Jyotirlingas 239 Siva Nama Kirtan 240
Sivarchanam 245 Devyarchanam 247 Sivanirajanam 250 Sivadhyanavali 252 Sivapushpanjali 253 Sivamahminah Stotram 254 Sivastuti 261 Vedasara-Sivastava 261
About This Book
This is a most valuable and instructive book for the aspirants, particularly for the devotees of Lord Siva. It is full of instructions on practical Sadhana for attaining Siva-Tattva or God-realisation.
The secrets of Siva Tandava, Sakti Yoga, etc., are very nicely presented. The translation of the Saiva Upanishads is a beautiful addition. The lives of Siva Acharyas, the Bhaktas and the Nayanars are inspiring and soul-stirring. A study of their lives will make one's life sublime and holy.
Up to this time there has been no such presentation on this subject. The philosophical portion is highly illuminating and helpful to the readers. The book contains the essence of all Saiva Puranas. The book is written in a very lucid and clear style. It must be studied by all religious-minded persons as it is of solid worth from the spiritual point of view.
The Consort of Uma,
Gauri or Parvati.
The Bestower of Eternal Bliss,
Knowledge and Immortality
Lord Siva is the God of Love. His Grace is boundless. He is the Saviour and Guru. He is the Beloved of Uma. He is Satyam, Sivam, Subham, Sundaram, Kantam. He is the Supreme Light that shines in your heart.
Meditate on His Form. Hear His Lilas. Repeat His Mantra ‘Om Namah Sivaya’. Study Siva Purana. Do His worship daily. Behold Him in all names and forms. He will bless you with His Vision.
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