Lesson 3: Dakṣiṇāmūrti Mantra
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The previous lesson (click any of the circle icons above to view a lesson) went into rich detail about the iconography and various attributes and symbols of Dakṣiṇāmūrti, Lord Śiva in his role as the eternal Guru. In our tradition, we understand that mantra (the sound/vibrational resonance) and the yantra (the shape/visual resonance) are one and the same.
In this verse, you can see this interconnection between mantra and yantra. Although the sound contains the energy of what we are invoking, the meaning of these words is a visual meditation of the cosmic Guru. It is an invitation to have darśana, to be in the presence of the Guru. Furthermore, when we chant mantra with awareness and with a clear visualization, we engage all of our senses and align them with the divine… and in this way, receive its power and blessings.
This mantra can be used by anyone whether or not you have a guru. Many people also remember their human guru (if they have one) when worshipping Dakṣiṇāmūrti, but if you don’t, you can still honor him as the embodiment of the primordial Guru.
jagadgururmahādevo mahānandaparāyaṇaḥ |
jaṭādhārī mahāyogī jñānamālyairalaṅkṛtaḥ ||
jagadgururmahādevo: nom sing. universal guru and the great God
mahānandaparāyaṇaḥ: nom sing. completely filled/immersed with/in Supreme Bliss
jaṭādhārī: nom sing. who wears matted hair
mahāyogī: nom sing. great yogī
jñānamālyair: instr. pl. with garlands of knowledge
alaṅkṛtaḥ: nom sing. who is adorned
[Lord Dakṣiṇāmūrti,] the universal guru and the greatest God, is completely immersed in Supreme Bliss. The greatest matted-haired Yogī is adorned with the garlands of knowledge.