Hymn to Shiva
Param Shiva, Shiva Shakti,
thou art the
mother divine. Grant me thy devotion, remove
all obstacles and show thy might.
Thou art the
transcendental super energy
of the nature of absolute bliss. Thou art the root
energy of the universe and the ordinary nature
of the embodied.
Thou art the power of
all encompassing knowledge, again thou art the
universal power of execution.
In the form of Brahma,
responsible for the creation of the world; in the
form of Vishnu, the world is sustained by thee
and again thou take the form of world destroying
In the garb of Maya,
Shiva, the ultimate
Truth is concealed by thee, but in the form of
Divine grace thou revealth the ultimate truth
(Shiva). Again thou art the independent
Thou art the Energy in the
form of three
Gunas or mental moods, and thou the ruling
power above these Gunas. Thou art the
conscious power of Shiva.
Manifestation of the mind,
ego are the wonders of your power. Thou art the
all limiting power.
Thou art the five sense
powers, the five
powers of action. Again thou art the fivefold
prana (vital force) in the human being.
Thou art the five subtle
and the five
gross elements, and thou the power in a mystic
Thou art the four stages
of articulate speech. Again thou art the source
of primal sound 'OM'.
Thou art the concealed
serpent power at
the base of the spine. Thou art responsible for
her play in the middle sushumna channel.
Thou art the very form of
nectar in the
spiritual centre at the crown of the head. Again
thou art all effulgence.
Manifestation of form out
of formless is
thy miraculous power. Thou art knowable
power.... My adoration to thee.
The Chart of
Cosmology according to Kashmir Shavism
a) Supreme self of Pure consciousness surveys
b) It is transcendental and extra cosmic
c) This pure SUN of consciousness called
Param Shiva has non-relational and immediate awareness of I. 'I' and 'the
other' aspects of consciousness are in indistinguishable unity.
a) SHIVA is the changeless principle of all
b) By its shining everything else shines.
c) Inter-cosmic, Immanent Reality, supporting
dynamic energy in the background.
d) Container of everything.
a) The dynamic energy aspect of Shiva as his I-conciousness.
b) If Shiva is the container, what is
contained therein is his Shakti.
c) The sovereign Power to create.
d) Absolute bliss is her essential nature.
a) The Sadashiva has power of the will to
b) In its experience as 'I' am this. The
'other' side, i.e., the universe to be, is quite hazy.
a) The power of knowledge is prominent here
as 'the other' side of 'this am I' consciousness is quite distinct.
a) The power of assuming every form.
b) 'I' and the 'other' are quite distinct and
prominent but 'this' is still felt as part of the self.
a) The principe of delimitation; contracting
infinite into finite.
b) The make-believe power of Nature,
excluding 'the other' side of experience from the 'I' side of universal
c) Maya draws a veil over the self owing to
which he forgets his self. The five products of Maya are (i) Kala (ii)
Vidya (iii) Raga (iv) Kaal (v) Niyati.
Shiva under the influence of Maya and her
Kanchukas loses his universal nature, and becomes a limited individual
soul. Subjective side of Shiva under the influence of Maya is Purusha and
its objective side is Prakriti.