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Shivabalayogi Chanting Om Namah Shivaya Namaha

Opening Vedic Prayer

The 108 Names of Shivabalayogi 

Vedic Chant in Praise of Lord Shiva

Closing Vedic Prayer 

Shivabalayogi Recorded Chanting Om Namah Shivaya Namaha

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Recorded in Portland, Oregon, during his last U.S. tour in 1991, this is Shivabalayogi himself chanting the sacred five syllable mantra, Namah Shivaya.
The original boombox cassette tape has been professionally mastered by David Malony at Blue Ewe Studios on Whidbey Island.
Listen to Shivabalayogi’s voice in this approx. ten minute recording.

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An opening Vedic chant to Ganesha, the Remover of Obstacles, and to Guru:

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shuklaambara dharam vishnum, shashi varnam chaturbhujam
prasanna vadanam dhyayet sarva vignopa shantaye
agaja anana padmarkhum gajananam aharnishun
anekadam tham bhaktanam
ekadhantam upasnahe ekadhantam upasnahe

He who is attired in white and is all pervading, who has the complexion of the moon, who has four arms and a smiling face so pleasing, upon him we meditate for removing all obstacles.  To the elephant-faced one, with trunk and lotus body and eyes, to that Gajanana we pray day and night.  To the one with the single tusk who grants boons to his many devotees do we pray day and night.

gurur brahma gurur vishnu gurur devo maheshwara
guru sakshat parabrahma tasmai shri gurave namaha
akhanda mandalakaram vyaptam yena charaacharam
tat padam darshitam yena tasmai shri gurave namaha

Guru is Brahma. Guru is Vishnu. Guru is Shiva.  The true guru is the Highest, formless god. I prostrate before the holy guru.  The unbounded is the endless canopy of the sky, the omnipresent in all creation, both animate and inanimate, I bow to Sri Guru who reveals to us the ultimate reality.

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Vedic Chant in Praise of Lord Shiva  —  Shiva Panchaaksharee Sthothram

  Shiva Panchaaksharee Sthothram

naagendra haaraaya, thrilochanaaya
bhasmaanga raagaaya, maheshwaraaya;
nithyaaya, shuddhaaya, digambaraaya
thasmai na kaaraaya - namah shivaaya
mandaakini salila chandhana charchithaaya
nandeeshwara pramadha nadha maheshwaraaya
mandaara mukhya bahu pushpa supoojithaaya
thasmai ma kaaraaya namah shivaaya
shivaaya gauri vadanaaravinda sooryaaya
dakshaadhwara naashanaaya
shri neelakanthaaya vrishadhwajaaya
thasmai shi kaaraaya namah shivaaya
vashishtha, kumbhodhbhava, gautamaadi
muneendra devaarchitha sevithaaya
chandraarka vaishwannara locahanaaya
thasmai va kaaraaya namah shivaaya
yagnya swaroopaaya, jathaa dharaaya
pinaaka hasthaaya sanaathanaaya
sudivya dehaaya, digambaraaya
thasmai ya kaaraaya namah shivaaya
panchaaksharee mantramidham sthothram yah pateh shiva sannidhau
shivalokamavaapnothi, shivena saha modhathe

This is a poem in praise of Lord Shiva. It is called the panchaaksharee sthothram because it has five verses each of which begin with the Sanskrit letters in the salutation to Shiva – ‘Na’, ‘Ma’, ‘Shi’, ‘Va’ and ‘Ya’.
Oh one who wears the king of cobras as a garland, who has three eyes, whose body is decorated with ash, the great lord, who is eternal and pure, who is undressed – to you Shiva the form of ‘Na’ we salute.
One who is anointed with the sandal paste that is cool like the waters of the Ganges, who is the leader of Nandi and other Pramadhas, great lord, who is worshipped with several flowers such as the hibiscus, to such Shiva who is the form of ‘Ma’ we salute.
The pure one, who is like the sun to the lotus face of Gauri (Just as the lotus blooms at sun rise, Gauri’s face beams with joy at the sight of Shiva). , who destroyed the homa of Daksha, whose sacred neck is colored blue, who is mounted on the bull, to such Shiva who is the form of ‘Shi’ we salute.
The one who is worshipped by the best of sages like Vashishtha, Dronaacharya, Gautama, who is prayed and served by the gods, who has the moon, sun, fire and a human being’s - one of Lord Shiva’s greatest devotees, a hunter by the name of Kannappa’s - eye for His eyes, to such Shiva in the form of ‘Va’ we salute.
The one who is the very form of the homa, who wears matted hair, who carries the bow Pinaaka, who is the ancient one, who has a divine body and is undressed, to such Shiva who is the form of ‘Ya’ we salute.
Whoever recites this five lettered chant in the presence of Lord Shiva attains the world of Lord Shiva and Lord Shiva will also be pleased.
Word by word meaning
Pancha = five, akshara = letters of the alphabet, Stotram = poem or song in praise of
Nagendra = king of cobra snakes, haaraya = garlanded, thri-lochanaaya = three eyed; bhasma = ash, anga = limbs or body, raagaaya = decorated, Maheshwaraaya; Nityaaya = eternal; shuddhaaya = pure, digambaraaya = naked or undressed, thasmai = to such, NA kaaraaya = the form of Na, Namah  = salute, Shivaaya = to Shiva.
Mandaakini = a name of Goddess Ganga, salila = water; chandhana = sandal; charchitaaya = anointed with; Nandeeshwara, pramadha = a sect of divine beings who are devotees of Shiva, nadha = leader, Maheshwaraaya, Mandaara = Hybiscus flower, mukhya = main, bahu = several, pushpa = flowers, supoojitaaya = worshipped; thasmai MA kaaraaya = the form of Ma Namah Shivaaya
Shivaaya, Gouri = A name of Paarvathi, vadana = face, aravinda = lotus, Sooryaaya = sun; Daksha = Sati Devi’s father, adhwara = homa, Naashanaaya = destroyer; Shri = auspicious, Neela = blue, kanthaaya = necked, Vrisha = bull, dhwajaaya = mount or vehicle; thasmai SHI-kaaraaya Namah Shivaaya
Vashishtha, Kumbhodbhava = one who is born from a pot - Dronaacharya the teacher of Arjuna in Mahaabhaaratha, Gautama = another muni (the husband of river Godaavari), adi = such as, muneendra = the best among sages, Deva = gods, architha = prayed (by), sevithaaya = served (by), Chandra = moon, arka = sun, Vaishwan = fire (the third eye of Shiva the one on His forehead is considered the fire), nara = human being refers to a hunter by the name of Kannappa, lochanaaya = eyes; thasmai VA-kaaraaya Namah Shivaaya
Yagnya = homa, Swaroopaaya = the form of, Jataa dharaaya = wearing matted hair, Pinaaka = name of Lord Shiva’s bow, hasthaaya = holding, Sanaathanaaya = ancient, Su divya = very divine, dehaaya = bodied, Digambaraaya = naked or undressed, thasmai YA-kaaraaya Namah Shivaaya.
Panchaaksharee = five lettered, mantram = chant, idham = this, sthothram = poem sung in praise of, yah = whoever, pateh = recites, Shiva Sannidhau = in the presence of Shiva, Shivalokam = the world of Shiva, avaapnothi = attains, Shivena = Shiva, saha = too modhathe = pleased.

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A closing Vedic chant:

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om om om
asato ma — sadgamaya
tamaso ma — jyotirgamaya
mrityor ma — amritangamaya
om shantih, shantih, shantih

From the untruth lead me to truth, from the darkness lead me to light, from death lead me to the eternal, Om peace peace peace.

mangalam gurudevaya
mahaniya gunatmane
sarva loka sharanyaya
sadhu rupaya mangalam
shri shivabalayogishwaraya
parabrahmane namaha
hari om tat sat

All auspiciousness and good for the Guru who has all the greatest spiritual qualities.  All the worlds worship and take refuge in you, you who are in the form of a holy saint.  I bow before the greatest lord, Shri Shivabalayogi.  God is Om, that alone is.

om shri shri shri shivabalayogi maharaj ki!   jai!

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