lord shiva meditation

Lord Shiva is considered to be the most prayed God among the Hindus. He is also known as Adiyogi, the God of Destroyer, regenerator, and dynamic. He has been worshipped in numerous names and various forms. Still many of us don’t know much about Lord Shiva, It is like a drop we get to know from the ocean. That is the beauty of Lord Shiva.

Unlike other Gods most of the time we see Lord Shiva in meditating pose, he is considered as the patron of Yoga as has given many asanas and meditating poses to humankind. We have heard stories of how powerful the third eye of Lord Shiva has been and humans believe meditation embraces the inner divinity and makes us strong and healthy.

Shiva Meditation – What Is It?

Ever heard of Shiva Meditation before? If you haven’t, then you must try this immediately! This meditation technique is developed by Lord Shiva and it provides you with peace and happiness to our soul. Interested to know more? Let’s see in detail.

Step 1 – Getting ready

We have to sit in the same position for a long time to get connected deep spiritually and stretches are most important before we sit for meditation. It helps us to loosen the muscles and reduce the stress and stiffness in the body. The whole body must feel relaxed and free of pressure. Environment and clothes play a vital role in mediation. Clothes must be comfortable and your surroundings must be noise-free so that there is no distraction for you and you can subconsciously understand yourself and the world around you.

Step 2 – Position

Sitting in a place for a long time needs firm practice. Normally we can sit comfortably on a chair or on the floor leaning against the wall. While we sit, we should focus on keeping our spine straight as it aligns all 7 chakras of our body. Hands can be placed in a comfortable position, most of the time people use the Chin mudra pose while meditating which is folding the pointer finger to the thumb. It helps us in improving retention, concentration, and energy levels in our body.

We must make sure we are comfortable in the pose so that our sitting position doesn’t distract from the meditation.

Step 3 – Breathing

We must consciously, slowly, and feel the inhale and exhale of breath. Regularly we should practice breathing on the count that is we can take a count of 5 for inhaling the breath and then hold it for 5 counts and then exhale the breath in 5 counts. By this method focus on the air, we breathe increases and it helps us to increase our concentration power.

Step 4 – Envision

Our body becomes calm and still when we follow the above method for breathing. While breathing we must focus on the area in between our eyebrows which is one of the most powerful spots in our body. We must start imagining Lord Shiva’s image and try to bring his image in between the eyebrows. As by daily practice, we can feel His presence and aura.

Step 5 – Chanting the mantra

Om or Aum is the sacred sound. This OM word signifies consciousness and ultimate reality and energy. Some even play music instead of chanting mantras to enhance devotion. 

The easiest and simple mantra and to bond with Lord Shiva we should start chanting ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ which means we offer our devotion completely to the ultimate one. We can Chant this mantra continuously at a pace whichever suitable for us.

Mantras to chant in Tamil during meditation

There are many powerful mantras in the Tamil langauge which we can chant during mediation and let us see some of them.

Thirumandiram:

காயம் இரண்டும் கலந்து கொதிக்கினும்

ஆயம் கத்தூரி அது மிகும் அவ்வழி

தேசம் கலந்து ஒரு தேவன் என்று எண்ணினும்

ஈசன் உறவுக்கு எதிர் இல்லை தானே

ஓம் நமசிவாய

The Sloka basically means that you are bowing to the Superior and leaving everything to Him to give you the best for your life.

Anyone worshipping Shiva chants the last line! As you chant it 108 times, you feel your body rejoiced and rejuvenated. The end of the meditation gives you new hope and energy to cope up with the external world.

ருத்ரா மந்திரம்:

ஓம் நமோ பகவத்தே ருத்ரே

This is a simple salutation provided to Lord Rudra. If you are finding it difficult to memorize lengthy slokas, this is the easiest of all.

 சிவ ஸோத்ரம்:

கார்பூர் கvuரம் கருணாவதாரம்

சன்சாரா சரம் புஜகேந்திர ஹராம்

சதா வசந்தம் ஹிருதயரவிந்தே

பவம் பவானி சாஹிதம் நமமி

The Sloka is meant to pay your devotion to Lord Rudra and seek blessings for the same. It addresses aspects like a healthy body and mind to lead a happy life.

Those of you wanting a sloka typed in English, here you go.

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti-Vardhanam Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityormukshiya Mamritat ||

The sloka enables you to nurture Shiva and also co-exist in this world as per his principles. It also leads you to a life of liberation.

Why Shiva meditation?

I have been meditating on Lord Shiva for a year and I must admit that it has been fulfilling so far. There is an increased focus and an internal push to fulfill the purpose of life. A lot of Adiyogis have witnessed the fullest effect of Shiva meditation that even made them withdraw from material benefits and get closer to the Superior.

  • Allows you to strike a balance between mind and body
  • Promotes immunity in your body
  • Allows a better flow of blood in your body
  • Gets you rid of any uncertainties in life
  • Gets you one step closer to a divine, stress-free life with wholesome trust on Lord Shiva

These are just a few things to note down. There’s more and it gives a whole new experience when you begin doing it. The experience is not only outstanding but also important to lead a healthy and happy life.

When you perform meditation in front of a Shiva temple, you get better vibes. As Shivratri has just got over, it is high time that you prepare yourself and get the best from Lord Shiva through your dedicated meditation.