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THE PRAYERS OF
THE FIVE FACES OF SHIVA


In very ancient India, well before writing was developed, a series of five prayers were formalised and orally transmitted from teacher to student.

Each prayer initiated the student into a new phase of personal growth which involved confronting a new and more powerful aspect of the Truth. The ancient teachers called each new aspect of Truth a face of Shiva, the God of Dissolution, because each face of Shiva that the student faced gradually dissolved the illusion which had blocked him from union with that aspect of the Truth.

The student memorised the prayer and said it at the beginning of each meditation period. As the teacher saw signs of sufficient progress in the student, she would introduce him to the next face of Shiva by teaching him the next prayer. It usually took several years for a student to complete a phase or step and merge with that face of Shiva. After initiation he would at first be very excited by the wonders the teacher explained that the prayer offered. Then as the months and years wore on, the student would become bored with waiting for the wonders to happen. Some students in their frustration would even imagine wonders. At last in desperation, he would try actually meaning the words in the prayer. Rapid progress would follow and in a few more months the student would see through the illusion that had been hiding the inner meaning of the prayer. Armed with this esoteric understanding he would soon find himself united with the attribute of Truth addressed by that particular prayer.

This procedure was followed successfully for many thousands of years. Then, around two thousand years ago, the sage Atri’s grandson, who was later called

Lakulisha: the Holder of the Club, dictated to his first disciple an expansion of the prayers, which is published as the Pashupata Sutram. There is one chapter for each face of Shiva explaining how to confront and what one goes through with that face, and ending with the appropriate prayer.

In the translation of the prayers and their expansions which follow, the translator has rendered them freely only after twenty years of meditating eight hours a day as instructed by the prayers, and after twenty years, eight hours a day studying Scriptures of the East and West.

 



PRAYER OF THE FIRST FACE

Sadyojata


The Existent Original One

I, having had enough of not having the following qualities, am moving toward The Eternal, the Uncreated.

I surrender my 'soul' to The Existent, to the Original One Who exists as all this and not as other than this.

Please save me, O Power to Act!

 


PRAYER OF THE SECOND FACE

Vamadevaya


The Ascendant Player

I worshipfully surrender myself to the Ascendant Player, the Highest Being, the ability to know others.

I worshipfully surrender myself to the Dissolver, to the Ability to be connected, the Ability to suspend the Power of things, the Controller of all beings.

I worshipfully surrender myself to the Ability to be conscious or no
t.

 


PRAYER OF THE THIRD FACE

Aghora


The Unterrible

To the unterrible and terrible forms of God,

To the illusion-causing forms of God,

To All Form, the immeasurable and uncounted, which produces bodies,

Let my worshipful surrender reach
.



PRAYER OF THE FOURTH FACE

Tat


That

I want to know the Omniscient and Omnipotent.

I embrace that Great Power.

Let the Cause unite me with That.



PRAYER OF THE FIFTH FACE

Isana

The Essence

He is the Master of all learning, the Master of all beings, the Essence of all creation.

Let me attain the Beneficent.

Eternally,

Siva






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