Sri Dakshinamurthy Mantra lyrics:
Gurur Bramha Gurur Vishnu
Gurur Devo Maheswaraha
Guru Shakshath Para Bramha
Thasmaisri Gurave Namaha
Dhakshina Moorthaye Namahah!
Guru is Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Maheswara
Guru is nothing but the Supreme Brahman devoid of attributes.
That is the reason why we bow to the Guru.
Dakshinamurti is the first Master of the Cosmos. The name in Sanskrit means the Deity who is facing the southern direction. He is also the Adhidevata – the ruling Deity of Jupiter — the heaviest among all the nine planets of Vedic Astrology. Moreover, one of the meanings of the word ”Guru” means heaviness. To receive the best benefits from Jupiter, worship of Dakshinamurti, the first Guru, is prescribed.
More importantly, Dakshinamurthy is an aspect of Shiva as a guru (teacher) of all type of knowledge, particularly the jnana. This aspect of Shiva is his personification as the supreme or the ultimate awareness, understanding and knowledge.This form represents Shiva in his aspect as a teacher of yoga, music, and wisdom, and giving exposition on the Shastras. He is worshiped as the god of wisdom, complete and rewarding meditation.
His profound teaching is through the subtlest form of speech- para vak – beyond the range of the physical ear, abiding in silence; the sort of silence that envelops within itself all other forms of expressions. It is the silence that underlines the limitations of rational knowledge, futilities of the blind alleys of metaphysical queries and the frailty hollowness of words.
His teaching transcends speech and thought; it is a deep experience.
The iconographic descriptions of Sri Dakshinamurthy are not uniform. Each of the major texts: Amsumadbheda, Karanagama, Kamikagama, Shilparatna and others – carries varying descriptions of the features, postures and ayudhas of Sri Dakshinamurthy.
He is generally depicted as a young person with serene, tranquil, peaceful, and pleasing countenance seated in a secluded spot in the Himalayas, under a banyan tree (vata vrksha), upon a throne or a rock or an elevated platform, covered with tiger-skin or deer-skin (kurangasana). He is kevala murti (single or not accompanied by another deity or a consort) is always portrayed singly.
In addition, He is usually illustrated with four arms. In his upper right hand, He holds a rosary (aksha-maala) in kapittha-mudra, as if counting beads of japa-mala, or a snake (sarpa – the symbol of tantric knowledge) or both. Ocassionally, He is also depicted holding a drum with a snake coiling around it.
Sri Dakshinamurthy mantra benefits:
- Burning away of Karmas collected in so many births
- Clarity in thinking
- Expression of qualities of Enlightenment
- Power of grasping, retention, memory and intelligence take a quantum leap
- Visible improvement in creativity
- Awakening of the Kundalini
- Reduction in the number of thoughts per second
- Improvement in the health condition
- Healing of Hypertension
- Awakening of the third eye – the Ajna chakra
- Above all Enlightenment experience.