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Friday, May 25, 2007

Mantra for a spiritual journey

Mantra for a Spiritual Journey
Om Sarva Charine Namaha
(Aum Sahr-vah Chah-ree-ney Nah-mah-hah)
"Salutations to Him who is the source of the urge to wander, travel, or follow."

In one mythic Hindu drama, Parvati (wife of Lord Shiva, the destroyer) takes her own life. Shiva, disconsolate, carries his wife's corpse over his shoulder as he wanders everywhere. Vishnu, the Preserver, intercedes by cutting away Parvati's body piece by piece, so that Shiva will leave his grief behind. Parvati eventually reappears, saying that she needed to seed the world with her feminine glory. This Shiva mantra salutes our consciousness as the wanderer with the capacity to see divinity everywhere. As we travel, we should see the Divine all around us. - Thomas Ashley-Farrand

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This blog is an offshoot of a website that I had conceived as a result of the spiritual grace and resultant inspiration during Shivaratri Y2K (http://www.jyotirlinga.com) on the joy of Shiva Bhakti and my quest for spiritual progress. Not finding the time (yep, bad excuse!), this blog suits me fine in quickly adding content... my spiritual forays and thoughts - helps log them too. My spiritual journey started with Hinduism and it's simple stories/ teachings as far back as when I was a 2nd grader, with Lord Shiva and has now found convergence with Advaitism / Duality. The Advaitism gurus like Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi, Nisargadatta Maharaj; they have provided that spiritual boost of energy in many lagging moments and have tremendously influenced me ... little baby steps at a time... that will hopefully all lead upto a final crescendo. The merits of satsangh are many!

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