2. JAGJIT SINGH
3. SANATAN DHARMI
4. CRAIG PRUESS
Since March 2009, devotees of Puthur Shiva have been able to deposit their japam of the mantra - Om Namah Shivaya online. They are able to do it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The lines are always open as Puthur Shiva never sleeps. He is awake so he can share in our love, our happiness, our sorrows or grief and help us evolve spiritually through life's challenges.
Swami Krishnananda, the successor of Swami Sivananda, has said:
Collective prayer is very effective. If a hundred persons join together and pray, it will have a greater effect. When all the minds are put together they form a great energy. It surges forth onto God.
So, chant the Mantra Om Namah Shivaya as many times as possible every day, mentally or even verbally as is convenient, with all your heart, with all your soul, fully trusting in the might of God."
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami has said:
"THE WORSHIP OF SIVA WILL GIVE YOU WEALTH.
THE WORSHIP OF SIVA WILL GIVE YOU HEALTH.
THE WORSHIP OF SIVA WILL GIVE YOU KNOWLEDGE.
"In just the breath, the space of time between the next repetition of "Aum Namah Sivaya�Aum Namah Sivaya�Aum Namah Sivaya," the pranas, having reached Parasiva, fall back into the spiritual, mental, astral and physical worlds, blessing them all with new energy, new life and new understanding. "Namah Sivaya Aum, Namah Sivaya Aum, Namah Sivaya Aum, Namah Sivaya Aum" is the constant process of life."
"It is the essence of life itself. We must realize that at any given moment we are a complete Parasiva-Satchidananda jiva, only working on the "Maheshvara part"--on the jiva's becoming Siva. Parasiva is there. Satchidananda is there. The maturity of the purusha, of the jiva, the embodied soul, is not. Therefore, Aum Namah Sivaya takes us into the reality above and beyond the relatively real. To know it is to experience it, and to experience it is to become initiated."
"I (Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami) have been performing Aum Namah Sivaya for over fifty years. At first it had no meaning other than, "Wonderful, at last I got my mantra, and an assignment from my guru to perform japa regularly." As the japa progressed, all the inner worlds opened, all the doors of the mind. All the spiritual forces were unleashed, and the ability to control them came naturally. You see, Namah Sivaya Aum brings the totality of the individual to the forefront and makes it manifest in daily life. This most pragmatic mantra is found at the center of the Vedas, in the hymn known as Shri Rudram, and Siva is at the center of Namah Sivaya Aum. As the center of the Vedas, it blends Vedanta with Siddhanta, fusing them together with the fire of realization. So, I and all Saiva Siddhantists are a fusion of Vedanta and Siddhanta, with all doors open of understanding of the fourteen windows, the chakras of the mind, and even more than that."
"My satguru (i.e. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's satguru), Siva Yogaswami, placed great emphasis on japa, repeating the name of Siva with concentration and feeling. This great Natha jnani explained, "May we not forget that mantra is life, that mantra is action, that mantra is love, and that the repetition of mantra, japa, bursts forth wisdom from within. Japa yoga is the first yoga to be performed toward the goal of jnana. In the temple perform japa. Under the sacred tree, perform japa. I performed japa all of this life as a silent sadhana, and it is automatic now." Siva Yogaswami enjoined his devotees: "Wear rudraksha beads, repeat the Panchakshara, let your heart grow soft and melt. Chant the five syllables and in love you will discover Siva's will. Chant so that impurities, anxieties and doubts are destroyed. Aum Namah Sivaya."
-- Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
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