Soham Shivoham mantra translation:
”I am that, I am Shiva, I am pure Consciousness.”
This Sanskrit mantra expresses the experience of knowing the self, knowing that we are all pure consciousness, personified by Supreme Lord Shiva.
According to the Smarta traditions, Shiva is one of the five principal forms of Gods. He is limitless, transcendent, eternal, formless, unchanging and changing, all at once. He invokes fear but at the same time, he is benevolent.
His union with Shakti is described by the symbol Shatakona, the six pointed star and used to described his son – Lord Murugan (also known as Skanda), commander-in-chief. Moreover, Shiva is known as Tripurantaka since he destroyed the 3 flying cities Tripura with Lord Vishnu propelling the warhead and Lord Brahma driving his chariot.
As per an ancient Hindu legend, he is known for his reckless life style. He loves meditating and is called the lord of yoga. He also rides a bull, and he usually smokes weeds.
In addition, Lord Shiva is known as Nataraja, that translates to “Dance King.” For example, Shiva was known to be a remarkable dancer and his stance is known all over the world.
His consort is Devi, the Supreme Mother-goddess who has taken on various forms in the past, including Sati, the goddess of marital felicity, and Goddess Kali, the goddess of death. However, her best-known incarnation is Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva’s eternal wife.
He is commonly portrayed facing the south. His trident, like almost all other forms in Hindu tradition, can be understood as the symbolism of the unity of three worlds which a human being faces – his immediate world, his inside world, and the broader overall world.
The moon on his forehead symbolizes ”soma,” that basically represents intoxication. According to the ancient Vedic scriptures, the brain is capable of being completely intoxicated and still fully awake and aware.
Shiva also has 3 lines of ash smeared on his forehead in a horizontal orientation. These 3 lines symbolize the destruction of the three worlds. Additionally, Shiva has an extra eye in the forehead, that symbolizes his intuition and wisdom.
He is the supporter of the gender equality, and it is commonly portrayed by half female and half male form indicated by Lord Shiva which basically represents that female and male forms are inseparable.
The practice of this powerful mantra ultimately allows us to disassociate and disconnect with our ego and connect us to our very source.
Mahavatar Babaji mantra lyrics – Om Kriya Babaji Namah Aum
Gayatri mantra meaning – ”Babaji is the Guru of all the Gurus on Earth, The Teacher of Teachers.”
Lyrics – ”Om Mahavatara Vidmahe
Sat Gurudevaya Deemahi
Tanno Babaji Prachodayat.”
In 1946, Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the preeminent spiritual figures of modern times, revealed in his book – “Autobiography of a Yogi,” the existence of a Christ-like saint, an immortal yogi, named – Mahavatar Babaji (the name ”Babaji” means “revered father”).
It is thought that presently he lives, as he has for millennia, in the remote rocky mountains of the Kumaon Himalayas, a west-central section of the Himalayas in northern India.
Fair-skinned and medium build, his strong body radiates a perceptible glow. He appears to be around 25 and bears no mark of age on his physical body. His long, lustrous hair is copper-colored, and his eyes are calm, dark, and tender.
His mission has been to assist prophets in carrying out their individual spiritual purposes. Therefore, he qualifies for the scriptural classification of Great Avatar (Mahavatar).
Furthermore, he offers humanity a glimpse of divinity in physical form and he also helps humanity to evolve into Realisation of its Oneness with the Divine.
Through this sacred mantra, Babaji reveals himself to his followers. “Whenever anyone utters with reverence the name of Babaji, that devotee attracts an instant spiritual blessing.” – Lahiri Mahasaya
Through the regular practice of this mantra, one starts to let go of fears, negative habits, and other forms of disturbances.
“The worldly man wants to realize God while continuing his daily life. But problems will arise for him, time is short. A simple, easy, ostentatious and highly effective Kriya Yoga is to be taught to them.”