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|8-Shiv Panchaksharee Mantra|
Vaidik Shiv Tattwa Sudhaa Nidhi:
Pranaven vinaa Mantrah soyam Panchaaksharaih Smritah
kim tasya bahubhirmantraih kim teerthaih kim tapodhwaraih
From the above Shaastra Vaakya, it is evident that Trai-varnik should be
initiated in Shaiv Shadaakshari ie, (Om Namah Shivaaya) and
Further in the Chandra Gyaaan Tantra which details about the Shiv Panchaaksharee Jap Rahasya and Poojaa says:
sookshmam moolam bhavesya sthoolam vivaranam matam
This Shaiv Tantra says that there are 2 Panchaaksharee ie., Sthool
Panchaaksharee and Sookshm Panchaaksharee --
Adhikaaree of Pranav should chant Pranav-Sahit Panchaaksharee (Om Namah
Further the Shaiv Tantra says that if the Guru initiates this great Mantra without considering the Adhikaar Bhed, he commits Dosh (sin). This sin is applicable to both Guru and Shishya.
So, non-Dwij (Stree and Shoodra) who are not entitled to study Ved, when initiated
in Shiv Panchaaksharee are either initiated in :
To utter the Shiv Panchaaksharee with Omkaar or Pranav, one should be invested
with Sacred Thread.
Further for Bhajan of Shiv Panchaaksharee, it is to be noted in Mind that this Mantra comes in Krishn Yajur Ved. In Krishn Yajur Ved, this comes in the middle of Shat-Rudreeya Mantra. In Shat-Rudreeya Mantra, it comes in the middle of the Anuvaak which forms the core of Shat-Rudreeya Mantra. Which implies the "Heart of Krishn Yajur Ved" is Shat-Rudreeya and its essence is Shiv Panchaaksharee Mantra. This is a Ved Mantra which should be uttered with proper intonations. So, Pranav-Sahit Panchaaksharee should never be sung in Bhajan and should not be given to non-Dwij . If interested, they can recite Pranav-Rahit Panchaksharee means, only Namah Shivaaya - without Pranav.
Now, you asked about the discourses of Paramaachaarya regarding this Mantra. My Guru was an eye witness to one incident at Kaancheepuram. During Chaaturmaasya at Kaancheepuram, a group of disciples sought the blessings of Swaameegal and initiation from His Holiness. They were non-Dwij. Kaanchee Mahaaswaameegal gave a gracious glance and gave them Vibhooti and Kumkum as Prasaad and wrote "Namah Shivaaya" on a piece of paper and asked them to chant 10 times. Blessing them said that don't put Pranav before and can freely chant this Mantra irrespective of time and Niyam.
Even if one is still bent upon doing the Mantra without proper Guru initiations, it is up to them. They are requested to read Shiv Puraan which refers to the Adhikaar Nirnaya of Panchaaksharee (rules for eligibility of chanting Panchaakshar Mantra).
Tasmaat Shaastra Pramaan.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 04/23/13