Inconceivable Glories Of Lord Shiva

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.07.27-29 - Inconceivable Glories Of Lord Shiva (download mp3)
by Madhavendra Puri Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 8.7.27
nabhir nabhas te svasanam nabhasvan
suryas ca caksumsi jalam sma retah
paravaratmasrayanam tavatma
somo mano dyaur bhagavan siras te

O lord, the sky is your navel, the air is your breathing, the sun is your eyes, and the water is your semen. You are the shelter of all kinds of living entities, high and low. The god of the moon is your mind, and the upper planetary system is your head.

SB 8.7.28
kuksih samudra girayo 'sthi-sangha
romani sarvausadhi-virudhas te
chandamsi saksat tava sapta dhatavas
trayi-mayatman hrdayam sarva-dharmah

O lord, you are the three Vedas personified. The seven seas are your abdomen, and the mountains are your bones. All drugs, creepers and vegetables are the hairs on your body, the Vedic mantras like Gayatri are the seven layers of your body, and the Vedic religious system is the core of your heart.

SB 8.7.29
mukhani pa├▒copanisadas tavesa
yais trimsad-astottara-mantra-vargah
yat tac chivakhyam paramatma-tattvam
deva svayam-jyotir avasthitis te

O lord, the five important Vedic mantras are represented by your five faces, from which the thirty-eight most celebrated Vedic mantras have been generated. Your Lordship, being celebrated as Lord Siva, is self-illuminated. You are directly situated as the supreme truth, known as Paramatma.

The five mantras mentioned in this connection are as follows: (1) Purusa, (2) Aghora, (3) Sadyojata, (4) Vamadeva, and (5) Isana. These five mantras are within the category of thirty-eight special Vedic mantras chanted by Lord Siva, who is therefore celebrated as Siva or Mahadeva. Another reason why Lord Siva is called Siva, which means "all-auspicious," is that he is self-illuminated, exactly like Lord Visnu, who is the Paramatma. Because Lord Siva is directly an incarnation of Lord Visnu, he is situated as Lord Visnu's direct representative. This fact is corroborated by a Vedic mantra: patim visvasyatmesvaram sasvatam. sivam acyutam. The Supersoul is called by many names, of which Mahesvara, Siva and Acyuta are especially mentioned.