Would anyone choose distress over comfort? Agony over happiness? Pain over pleasure? The obvious answer is “No”! Do you know of someone who would answer in the affirmative? No? How about discussing about someone who would accept poison and give nectar?
Once in the past, the milk ocean was churned for the nectar of immortality. Devas (gods) and Asuras (demons) competed equally to get hold of the nectar. As a result of the churning, several divine gifts and great personalities emanated from the milk ocean. But at a certain point, something highly undesirable made its way out of the milk ocean. It did not take an enormous amount of time for everyone to understand that it was halahala (poison). The poison was so dangerous that it would extirpate the entire life forms even if a single drop would spill in the ocean or on earth. Now the question in discussion was how to discard the poison.
Nilakantha, as we lovingly address him for his altruistic act, drank the venom on the request of the sages to save the universe. His neck turned blue on account of holding the poison in his throat. He happily accepted the venom and left the nectar for others. Who else other than our merciful Bhole Nath would have been so compassionate!
Appropriate way to worship Lord Shiva:
Lord Shiva is known as “abhishekapriya”, the lover of ablutions. Visiting a nearby temple of Lord Shiva and offering abhisheka (water/milk) to him in the form of lingam would please him the most. For worship at home, a simple offering of lamp, incense, flowers, fruits and bilvapatra, also called as bael leaves (if available) to the picture of Lord Shiva would suffice.
It is also advisable to recite the following Panchakshara-mantra of Lord Shiva for 108 or at least 9 times in a day.Mantra:
Significance of the mantra:
The above mantra is a very powerful mantra which destroys sins, bestows material prosperity, spiritual success, the highest bliss and liberation to the chanter.
Shiva Gayatri mantra:
The following is the Shiva Gayatri mantra suitable for recitation by the people who are initiated by a guru into chanting of the Gayatri mantra:
“Let me meditate on the great purusha. May he, who is the greatest god, give me higher intellect. And let Lord Rudra illuminate my mind.”
It is important to note that any mantra recitation generates immense energy and the same needs to be returned to the universe in the form of tarpan or in the form of blessings to the near and dear. The reciter can give away the energy to the universe through tarpan by reciting “tatsa brahmarpana mastu” at the end of the mantra recitation. One can also distribute the energy through rays by blessing the near and dear. Whenever the energy tarpan is performed to the universe, one receives blessings from the universe.
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