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Excerpts from dakshinamurti upanishad
so'hamiti yavadasthitih sa nishtha bhavati |
tadabhedena manvamredanam jnanasadhanam |
citte tadekatanata parikarah |
angaceshtarpanam balih |
trini dhamani kalah |
dvadashantapadam sthanamiti |
Devotion consists in firmly dwelling in the constant thought that "I am He".
Repetition of the mantra as inseparate from Him constitutes the means to that
knowledge. To be concentrated in thought upon Him exclusively proves an
effective aid to it. The dedicating of all bodily activity (to Him) forms the
offering. The three states of consciousness are the proper time for it. The
proper place is the twelve pointed seat.
te ha punah shraddadhanastam pratyucuh|
katham va' syodayah |
kim svarupam |
ko va'syopasakah |
Then they again asked him as follows, full of faith. How comes His
manifestation? What is His form? And who is His worshiper?
sa hovaca |
vairagyatailasampurne bhaktivartisamanvite |
prabodhapurna patre tu jnaptidipam vilokayet |
mohandhakaranissare udeti svayameva hi |
vairagyamaranim kritva jnanam kritvottararanim |
gadhatamrisramsashantyai gudhamartham nivedayet |
mohabhanujasankrantam vivekakhyam mrikundujam |
tatvavicarapashena baddham dvaitabhayaturam |
ujjivayannijanande svasvarupena samsthitah |
shemushi dakshina prokta sa yasyabhikshane mukam |
dakshinabhimukhah proktah shive'sau brahmavadibhih |
sargadikale bhagavan virinci rupasyainam sargasamarthyamapya |
tutosha citte vancitarthashca labdhva dhanyah so'syopasako bhavati
In the mighty lamp of wisdom, overflowing with the oil of vairagya and
furnished with the wick of bhakti, one should kindle the light of knowledge and
see. Then the darkness of disillusion being dispelled, (Siva) Himself becomes
manifested. With a view to dispel the utter darkness, the devotee should
produce fire, making vairagya the lower arani and knowledge the upper one; and
then Siva will exhibit to his view the hidden reality. Dwelling in the devotee
as his own, very Self with His inherent bliss, He revives viveka hitherto
overpowered with delusion and oppressed by duality for want of proper enquiry
into truth. Thus Siva, showing Himself in all his bliss, restores to life the
son of Mrikandu, hitherto oppressed with the fear of Yama, the latter dragging
him with the bands of rope tied around his body.
The word dakshina means Buddhi. Because buddhi is the eye by which Siva can be
directly seen, He is called Dakshinamurthy by the Brahma-vadins.
At the beginning of creation, Brahma the Lord, having worshiped Siva, attained
power to create and was delighted at heart. The devotee in this path, steady in
his effort, attains all objects of desire and becomes quite happy.