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Paperback: 263 + xvi pages
ISBN: 81-7052-025-8
Book Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 290 grams

 

LORD SIVA AND HIS WORSHIP

by Swami Sivananda

Table of Contents

About This Book (Back Cover)  
Dedication v
Swami Sivananda's Letter vi
   

Chapter I
SIVA MANTRAS AND STOTRAS

 
Siva Mantras 3

Siva-Panchakshara-Stotram

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
   

Chapter II
SIVA TATTVA

 
Sadasiva 36
Ardhanarisvara 38
World-Teacher 39
Pasupata Yoga 39
   

Chapter III
THE SAIVA SIDDHANTA PHILOSOPHY

 
Siva And Tattvas 41
Pati-Pasu-Pasa 43
Sadhana 45
Ashtamurti 47
Suddha Saiva 49
   

Chapter IV
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
   

Chapter V
PHILOSOPHY OF SIVA TANDAVA

 
Philosophy of Siva Tandava 59
Lord Nataraja--The Great Dancer 64
Dance of Siva 66
   

Chapter VI
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
   

Chapter VII
VIRASAIVISM AND KASHMIR SAIVISM

 
Virasaivism 96
Kashmir Saivism 97
   

Chapter VIII
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
   

Chapter IX
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
   

Chapter X
THE SAIVA UPANISHADS

 
Rudra of the Upanishads 145
Rudraksha Jabala Upanishad 147
Bhasma Jabala Upanishad 151
Tripura-Tapini-Upanishad 157
Rudra Upanishad 164
   

Chapter XI
THE SAIVA ACHARYAS

 
Appar or Tirunavukkarasar 170
Tirujnana Sambandhar 176
Sundaramurthy 182
Manickavasagar 186
Tirumular 190
Basavanna 191
   

Chapter XII
SIVA BHAKTAS

 
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
   

Chapter XIII
FESTIVALS

 
Lighting Festival at Arunachala 216
Vijaya Dasami 218
Dassera 221
Vasanta Navaratri 223
Gauri Puja 225
   

Chapter XIV
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
   

SIVA STOTRAM

 
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.


Dedication

Dedicated to
LORD SIVA
The Consort of Uma,
Gauri or Parvati.
The Bestower of Eternal Bliss,
Knowledge and Immortality


Blessed Aspirants,

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.

Swami Sivananda

 

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