five sacred mantras

Five is a sacred number for Shiva. One of his most important mantras has five syllables (na-mah shi-vaa-ya). Shiva’s body is said to consist of five mantras, called the

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pañcabrahmans: As forms of god, each of these have their own names and distinct iconography:

* Sadyojaata
* Vaamadeva
* Aghora
* Tatpurusha
* Ishaana

These are represented as the five faces of Shiva, and are associated in various texts with the five elements, the five senses, the five organs of perception, and the five organs of action (see above for details: Section: The Eleven Rudras). Doctrinal differences and possibly errors in transmission have resulted in some differences between texts in details of how these five forms are linked with various attributes. But the overall meaning of these associations is summarized by Stella Kramrisch: “Through these transcendent categories, Siva, the ultimate reality, becomes the efficient and material cause of all that exists”. According to the Pañcabrahma Upanishad: “One should know all things of the phenomenal world as of a fivefold character, for the reason that the eternal verity of Siva is of the character of the fivefold Brahman“.


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