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The following is the explanation of Shiv Panchaaksharee's first word is Naagendra-haaraaya - what does it mean?
"naaga" the first word. "na" + "a" + "ga"
"ga" means "gaman, gati, (go = moving) [the word go in English must have been derived from "ga in Sanskrit - well, let's leave it to the historians]
"a" = no , negative (eg A-Satya - which is not Satya. Satya means truth, so a lie or untruth )
"ga" = gati, and "a" means "no", "gati" means moving, so "a-ga" means not moving, "a-gati", means, which is not having "gati" or movement
"na" means no, (negative). [the word no in English must have also been derived from the Sanskrit word "na"]
Thing in which both 'ga' or Gati (movement) and 'A-Gati (non-movement) is having, that is "Vakra Gati"; Vakra Gati means which is having positive and negative movement. Any thing in which has 'A-gati' and 'na-gati', it is called Vakra Gati, means a cyclical rotation, means clockwise and anticlockwise rotation. (you may remember the cyclic movement of electrons and protons around molecules.). So, that having a cyclic rotation, that having a positive rotation and having a negative rotation is Vakra Gati. This Vakra Gati is the Spandan or Pari-Spandan. (Kampan and Prakampan)
"nirgun sagunascheti Shivogyeya sanaatanam nirgun prakrite nanya sagun samata smritaa (pramaan)"
"Indra" means king, lord, super etc; so Naagendra (Naag + Indra) means king of Naag. It is not Sarp or cobra (snake). (we can not equate English words to Sanskrit words. It will be a blunder.) Naag is different and cobra/Sarp is different.
"Sarpaanamasmi Vaasukim Anantashcha Naaganam" - says Lord Krishn in the Vibhooti Yog to Arjun in Geetaa. In Sarp, I am Vaasuki and in Naag, I am Anant. This means that Sarp and Naag are not one and the same, otherwise there was no need for Bhagavaan to say this to Arjun. This means that whatever is there in the neck of Shiv as a garland, it is Lord himself, it is the supreme Bodh itself, it is the self, it is the blissful consciousness.
Sarp is seen 'on the Earth' and Naag are seen "below the surface of the Earth". Vishnu lays on the Naag Anant and Shiva also wears the Naag - Anant.
"haar" means (1) Maalaa or garland; (2) more than one or innumerable; (3) defeat.
To summarize the theme -
Here, one movement which is visible, is the past; and the other movement, which is invisible, is the future. In fact both are not there now as both are not felt as moving. Past is the one which is already over and therefore it is not there now, and therefore it is untrue. The future has not happened yet, as nobody has experienced it, so it is also not there now, and so it is also untrue. Thus both the past and the future are clubbed, are converged in the present. Thus what is true is the present. What is true is the Vartamaan.
Those who understand that only present is there, those who is able to club or converge the past and future in the present, stay in the present, live in the present, who is able to wear the present, remain continuously in the present, who is able to understand that past and future culminates in the present, the Bhoot and Bhavishya is in the Bhavat, Naagendra-haaraaya, and that is the Shiv Tattwa, Shiv principle.
Thus the supreme who has this knowledge, that there is no past and there is no future but only the present is existing, those who is living in the present, the Aatmaa, the Bodh, the consciousness, one who is able to be always in his enlightened spirit, he is Naagendra-haaraaya.
This is very shortest definition. It needs personal face to face exchange of words along with Bhaav. Actually it is Shruti and not Smriti. Then only such things can be understood in its perspective, for which it is meant, otherwise it will create or bring wrong notions, wrong conclusions.
One more thing; though it is called as Panchaaksharee, actually it is Shadaaksharee (6 letters) because the Pranav ( OOOMMM) has to be prefixed to five letters Na Ma Shi Vaa Ya to become a Mantra and then it becomes a Shadaaksharee Mantra, but normally it is called Panchaaksharee.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 06/09/11