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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

NamaH Sivaaya

NamaH Sivaaya

मानो महान्तमुत मानो अर्भकं
मा न उक्षन्तमुतमान उक्षितं।
मा नो वधीः पितरं मोत मातरं
प्रिया मा नस्तनुवो रुद्र रीरिषः॥५२-१॥
मा नस्तोकेतनये मा न आयुषि
मा नो गोषु मा नो अश्वेषु रीरिषः।
वीरान्मानो रुद्र भामितो वधीर्
हविष्मन्तो नमसा विधेम ते॥ ५३-१॥
महानारायणोपनिषद्॥
māno mahāntamuta māno arbhakaṁ
mā na ukṣantamutamāna ukṣitaṁ|
mā no vadhīḥ pitaraṁ mota mātaraṁ
priyā mā nastanuvo rudra rīriṣaḥ||52-1||
mā nastoketanaye mā na āyuṣi
mā no goṣu mā no aśveṣu rīriṣaḥ|
vīrānmāno rudra bhāmito vadhīr
haviṣmanto namasā vidhema te|| 53-1||
mahānārāyaṇopaniṣad||

māno mahāntamuta māno arbhakaṁ
mā na ukṣantamutamāna ukṣitaṁ|
mā no vadhīḥ pitaraṁ mota mātaraṁ
priyā mā nastanuvo rudra rīriṣaḥ||52-1||
mā nastoketanaye mā na āyuṣi
mā no goṣu mā no aśveṣu rīriṣaḥ|
vīrānmāno rudra bhāmito vadhīr
haviṣmanto namasā vidhema te|| 53-1||
mahānārayaṇopaniṣad||

This is a prayer to Sri  Rudra, the Lord Shiva the Destructor among the  triumvirate ..this is found in Mahanarayanaopnishat,  Taiittareeya aranyaka of Krishna yajurveda. It is also chanted as part of Sri Rudram 

the free translation is
Oh, bhagavan Rudra..

 please do not injure or punish  the elders, nor the infants, 
Do not hurt the adults  who are endowed with the capacity to procreate 
nor the foetus lying in the female wombs. 

Do not injure our dear fathers or mothers. 
 Do not destroy our  bodies.
Oh Rudra we offer oblations to you through havis (cooked grain) 
and we offer you utmost reverence.. 
Be pleased not to hurt us through harm to our children, 
to our grandchildren.
 Be pleased not to hurt other persons belonging to us, 
our cows and cattle, and our horses. 
 Be pleased not to annihilate our heroes..who protect us from attacks.

In the nomadic life in the Vedic period man feared the natural forces and the destructive hands of the Rudra terrified them.  
So they offered praise and oblation to the angry God with a prayer that  all that is near and dear to them should be left unharmed. 
The Sreerudraprashnam in yajurvedam  also called Shatarudreeyam and Namkam is also  a prayer to Lord Shiva who has manifested in the fierce form of Rudra..

and the Chamakam following it is the recital of a long list addressed to the same lord,  of things we woud be bestowed with , 

when the  Lord has abandoned  his anger
and is in a pleasant and blessing mood.  

It is no wonder that Lord Shiva is called Aashuthosha...who become calm and happy very easily.  

The Lord's anger is towards evil and when his children cry in supplication before the primordial father, like all nice fathers, his anger subsides in a jiffy and he is prepared to do anything for his children

NamaH Sivaaya