The Secret of Panchakshara Mantra, Om NamahShivayah
Secret of Panchakshara
Panchakshara is a Mahamantra which is composed of five letters, Namassivaya. A Mantra
is that which removes all obstacles and miseries of one who reflects on it and bestows
eternal bliss and immortality. Panchakshara is the best among seven crores of Mantras.
There are seven Skandhas in Yajurveda. There is Rudradhyayi in the centre of the
middle Skandha. In this Rudradhyayi there are one thousand Rudra Mantras. Namassivaya
or the Siva Panchakshara Mantra shines in the centre of these one thousand Rudra
Yajurveda is the head of Paramesvara, who is the Veda Purusha. Rudram which is in
the middle is the face, Panchakshara is His eye, Siva which is in the centre of
the ‘Namassivaya’ is the apple of the eye. He who does Japa of this Panchakshara
is freed from births and deaths and attains eternal bliss. This is the emphatic
declaration of the Vedas. This Panchakshara is the body of Lord Nataraja. This is
the abode of Lord Siva. If you add ‘Om’ to the ‘Namassivaya’ in the beginning, then
it becomes Shadakshara or six-lettered Mantra. ‘Om Namo Mahadevaya’ is the eight-lettered
Mantra or Ashtakshara.
Panchakshara is of six kinds, viz., Sthula Panchakshara (Namassivaya), Sukshma Panchakshara
(Sivaya Namah), Karana Panchakshara (Sivaya Siva), Mahakarana Panchakshara (Sivaya),
Mahamanu or Mukti Panchakshara (Si).
‘Namah’ means ‘Prostration’. ‘Sivaya Namah’ means ‘Prostration unto Lord Siva’.
The Jiva is the servant of Lord Siva from the Deha-Drishti. ‘Namah’ represents Jivatman.
‘Siva’ represents Paramatman. ‘Aya’ denotes ‘Aikyam’ or identity of Jivatman and
Paramatman. Hence ‘Sivaya Namah’ is a Mahavakya, like ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ which signifies
the identity between the individual and the supreme soul.
Pranava denotes the external form (husk) of the Lord (paddy) and Panchakshara, the
internal Svarupa (rice). Pranava and Panchakshara are one. The five letters denote
the five actions or Pancha Krityas of the Lord, viz., Srishti (creation), Sthiti
(preservation), Samhara (destruction), Tirodhana (veiling) and Anugraha (blessing).
They also denote the five elements and all creations through the combination of
the five elements.
‘Na’ represents Tirodhana; ‘Ma’, the Mala or impurity; ‘Si’, Lord Siva; ‘Va’, the
Arul Sakti; and ‘Ya’, the individual soul.
Take bath or wash your face, hands and feet. Wear Bhasma and Rudraksha Mala. Sit
on Padmasana or Sukhasana, facing East or North, in a quiet place or room. Repeat
silently the Panchakshara and meditate on the form of Lord Siva. Keep the image
in the heart or space between the eyebrows.
If you practise meditation regularly, your heart will be purified. All Samskaras
and sins will be burnt in toto. You will attain Siva-Yoga-Nishtha or Nirvikalpa
Samadhi. You will attain the glorious Siva-Pada or Siva-Gati and become one with
Lord Siva. You will enjoy the eternal bliss of Sivanandam and become immortal.
Panchakshara Mantra Writing
Write down in a fine note book ‘Om Namah Sivaya’ for half an hour or more. You will
have more concentration by taking recourse to this Sadhana. Write the Mantra in
ink clearly. When you write the Mantra observe Mouna. You may write the Mantra in
any language. Give up looking hither and thither. Repeat the Mantra mentally also
when you write the Mantra. Write the whole Mantra at once. When the Mantra notebook
is completed, keep it in a box in your meditation room. Be regular in your practice.
Keep a small notebook in your pocket and write Mantra when you get leisure in the
office. Have three things in your pocket, viz., the Gita, Mantra notebook and a
Japa Mala or rosary. You will be immensely benefited.
May Lord Siva bless you all!
Source: Reproduced, with the general permission, from Lord Siva and His Worship,
WWW edition 2000, By Sri Swami Sivananda © The Divine Life Trust Society