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Lord Siva (Shiva) and His Worship

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About the 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 lif...

About the 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.

 

About The Author

Sri Swami Sivananda Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshitar and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a health journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission.

It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practised intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, saint, sage and Jivanmukta.

In 1932 Swami Sivananda started the Sivanand- ashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organised. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 Swamiji undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 Swamiji convened a 'World Parliament of Religions'. Swamiji is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read Swamiji's works is to drink at the Fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 Swamiji entered Mahasamadhi.

 

CONTENTS

 

Publishers' Note (7)
Chapter I

 

SIVA MANTRAS AND STOTRAS

 

Siva Mantras 17
Siva-Panchakshara-Stotram 18
Siva-Shadakshara-Stotram 19
Linga-Ashtakam 20
Ardhanari-Natesvara-Stotram 23
Siva-Kavacham 24
Sarvalinga Stava 31
Attributes of Siva 34
The Sublime Vision 37
Song of Lord Nataraja 40
Glory of Lord Siva 40
Chapter II

 

SIVA TATTVA

 

Sadasiva 48
Ardhanarisvara 50
World-Teacher 51
Pasupata Yoga 51
Chapter III

 

THE SAIVA SIDDHANTA PHILOSOPHY

 

Siva and Tattvas 52
Pati-Pasu-Pasa 54
Sadhana 56
Ashtamurti 58
Suddha Saiva 59
Chapter IV

 

PHILOSOPHY OF SYMBOLS

 

Philosophy of Symbols 61
Snake on the Body of Siva 62
Significance of Bhasma, Nandi, etc 63
Philosophy of Abhisheka 65
Fruit of Abhisheka and Rudra Japan in  
Siva's Temple 67
Chapter V

 

PHILOSOPHY OF SIVA TANDAVA

 

Lord Nataraja - The Great Dancer 75
Dance of Siva 76
Chapter VI

 

SAKTI YOGA PHILOSOPHY

 

Siva and Sakti 87
Siva and Parvati 90
The Divine Mother 92
Sakti Energises the Trimurtis 94
Mother Ganga 95
Tripura Rahasya 98
Kamakshi and the Dumb Poet 102
Hymn for Forgiveness to Mother 103
Chapter VII

 

VIRASAIVISM AND KASHMIR SAIVISM

 

Virasaivism 105
Kashmir Saivism 106
Chapter VIII

 

LORD SIVA AND HIS LILAS

 

Tripurari 109
Siva Jyoti 109
Nilakantha 110
Ravana and Siva 110
Hari and Siva 110
Brahma's Boon 110
Birth of Subrahmanya 111
Lord Siva and Daksha 111
Dakshinamurti 112
Tripura Samhara 113
Lord Siva Curses and Pardons Nakirar 114
Know Your Guru 116
Lord Siva Drinks Poison 119
Lord Siva Rides on the Bull 120
Lord Siva Wears the Ganga on His Head 121
Lord Siva's Lila of Begging 121
Lord Siva Wears Trident, Deer, Etc 122
Lord Siva Has Uma on His Left 123
Lord Siva Wears Elephant's Skin 124
Lord Siva the Fuel-Seller 124
The Twenty-five Lilas of Lord Siva 127
Chapter IX

 

SIVA YOGA SADHANA

 

Secret of Panchakshara 128
Meditation on Lord Siva 130
Worship of Siva 132
Siva Manasa Puja 134
Panchakshara Mantra Writing 135
Siva Jnanam 135
Worship of Siva Linga 138
Siva Linga is Chinmaya 140
Way to Attain Lord Siva 142
Greatness of the prasad 144
Benefit of Pilgrimage 145
Benefits of Parikrama 147
Real Flower and Arati 149
Chapter X

 

THE SAIVA UPANISHADS

 

Rudra of the Upanishads 152
Rudraksha Jabala Upanishad 154
Bhasma Jabala Upanishad 158
Tripura-Tapini-Upanishad 163
Rudra Upanishad 171
Chapter XI

 

THE SAIVA ACHARYAS

 

Appar or Tirunavukarasar 176
Tirujnana Sambandhar 181
Sundaramurti 187
Manickavasagar 191
Tirumular 195
Basavanna 196
Chapter XII

 

SIVA BHAKTAS

 

Saints and Sages 198
Markandeya 200
The Story of Rishabha Yogi 201
Pushpadanta 205
Kannappa Nayanar 206
Sirutonda Nayanar 210
Lord Siva's Mother 211
The Sixty-three Nayanar Saints 214
Chapter XIII

 

FESTIVALS

 

Lighting Festival at Arunachala 220
Vijaya Dasami 222
Dassera 225
Vasanta Navaratri 227
Gauri Puja 229
Chapter XIV

 

SIVA YOGA MAALA

 

Books on Saivism 230
Chidambara Rahasya 232
Siva and Vishnu Are one 234
Sivaratri Mahima 237
The Twelve Jyotirlingas 241
Siva Nama Kirtan 242
SIVA STOTRAM

 

Sri Siva-ashtottara-sata Namavali 247
Sri Devi-ashtottara-sata Namavali 249
Sivanirajanam 251
Sivadhyanavali 253
Sivapushpanjali 254
Bilvashtakam 254
Sivamahimmah Stotram 255
Sivastuti 263
Vedasara-Sivastava 263
Sri Siva-manasa-puja 265
Sri Rudram and Chamakam 267
Jagadisa Arati 284
Siva Arati 285
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Item Code: IDF823 Author: Swami Sivananda Cover: Paperback Edition: 2013 Publisher: The Divine Life Society ISBN: 8170520258 Language: English Size: 8.5" X 5.5" Pages: 286 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 262 gms
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