||Siva Jnana Lahari (Regd.) is established
in 1995 AD as a Charitable Society to promote national integration
and to propagate the rich cultural and philosophical heritage
of India i.e. Bharata Khandam stated in the ancient texts, the
Vedas, the Upanishads, Smrutis, Samhitas, Agama Sastras, Dharma
Sastras, Kalpa Sutras, Itihasas, Puranas and Upapuranas, etc.
numbering 14 called as 'CHATURDASA VIDYASTHANAMS', hitherto
hidden in Sanskrit and in a few Indian languages and not known
to world at large.
||Vedas are given to us, by Parameswara.
Of the fourteen Vidyasthanams, "Chaturdasa Vidyasthanams" Vedas
and Upanishads explain the existence of the Ultimate Reality,
Eeswara or Brahman visa-viz. the Jeeva and Jagath or Viswam.
This is called in Vedantic language as "Tatwatriam" i.e.
Jeeva, Jagat and Eeswara. Since, what is contained
in the Vedas and Upanishads is difficult to understand, the
great sage Veda Vyasa has written the "Puranas", as "Upabrihnams"
to explain them to us in the form of stories for easy understanding.
The Vedas consist of two parts viz. the Samhita or Karma
Kanda part, dealing with the performance of Yajnas, etc.
which may not help us in deciding "Paramyam" or the Ultimate
Reality or the Brahma Tatwam. The second part consists
of Jnana Kanda, the Upanishads, which are again very
difficult to understand. Therefore, Veda Vyasa wrote in crisp
form about 545 Brahma Sutras, selecting the important points
from out of the Upanishads. Veda Vyasa has not stopped with
this Brahma Sutras. He further wrote Mahabharatam after writing
all the 18 Puranas and Upapuranas. He was not content with writing
this Mahabharatam even and went a step further and introduced
the Geeta Sastram, as a dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna
to explain this Jeeva, Jagat and Eeswara in a more detailed
||In course of time commentaries came
to be written for - (i)the Upanishads, (ii)the Brahma Sutras
and (iii)the Geeta all the three put together called as "Prasthanatriam"
by such scholars as (i)Sri Nilakantaradhya, 3100 BC or 2044
Kali Era, (ii)Sri Aadi Sankaracharya, 509-477 BC, (iii)Sri Ramanujacharya,
12th century AD and (iv)Sri Madhwacharya, 1199 AD and others.
Neelakanta Bhashyam is the earliest of all of them.
||All the Upanishads abound only with
Sivanamams such as Eesa, Eeswara, Maheswara, Mahadeva, Siva,
Brahman, Pasupati, Linga, Bharga, Rudra, Triambica, etc. So
wherever Siva sabdam occurs, non-saivites either changed it
or adopted a different meaning called in Sanskrit as rejecting
"Rudyardham" and adopting "Yoga Sakti" and went on explaining
Siva means "Mangalaprada", Rudra means "Lord of destruction",
Bharga means "Tejas", Linga means "Gender", "Brahman" means
"Creator", etc. etc. This is all borne out of their unwillingness
to accept the Ultimate Reality, Brahman as Siva stated in the
Vedas. So instead of calling the "Tatwam" as "Eswara Tatwam",
they named it as "Brahma Tatwam", because the very word "Eswara"
is coming in their way. In fact, the very first word in the
mantra "Eesavasya Midagam Sarvam" in Eesavasyopanishad, "Eesa"
is against their Siddhanta and therefore they felt contented
by giving a remote dictionary meaning instead of Lord Siva.
This is because of their allergy to "Siva Namam" and in reality
Siva Dwesham. Since, Swetaswataropanishad popularly called as
Mantropanishad is extolling Siva only, Sri Sankaracharya has
to take recourse to "Nrisimhatapini" and Sri Ramanuja to the
Subalopanishad and Sri Ananda Tirtha and others to some other
Upanishads. From the "Vyasa Bhujasthambana" episode described
vividly in Puranas, which every scholar knows, Nandeeswara cursed
Vyasa, when Vyasa's shoulders remained paralysed for stating
before Kasi Viswanadha temple at Varanasi "Na Daivam Kesavaatparam".
Vishnu appears before Vyasa considered as "Vyaso Naarayano Harihi"
and admonishes him "Ahameva Jagat Karta Mama Karta Maheswaraha".
Again on another occasion, Vyasa was banished by Siva himself,
from staying in Varanasi, when he tried to curse Varanasi for
not getting alms for three days continuously. He was allowed
to stay a few miles away from Kasi called "Vyasa Kasi" and enter
Kasi only on auspicious occasions and leave immediately thereafter.
This only shows that none is spared for committing Siva Ninda
i.e. faulting the Absolute Brahman and scholars are aware of
what happened to Daksha's Yagnam.
||. The entire Veda Vangmayam is projecting
only Siva Paramyam and Saiva Siddhanta and nothing else. The
great adwaita scholar Appayya Deekshitar of the 16th Century
AD also projected this Siva Paramyam in his works (1) Brahma
Tarka Sthavam, (2) Siva Karnamtrtam, (3)Bharata Tatparya Sangraham,
(4) Ramayana Tatparya Sangraham, (5) Chaturveda Tatparya Sangraham,
etc., but these books remained dormant as the Siddhanta stated
therein is against Adwaita Siddhanta particularly "Panchayatanam"
or worship of five Gods. Sruti is emphatic stating "Aeka Aeva
Rudro Na Dwiteeyaya Tasthe", meaning there is only one God Rudra
and no second person, as also in these words.
(i) Swetaswataraopanishad is stating "Siva Aeva Kevalaha", meaning
Siva alone is there.
(ii) Skanda Purana Sivatatwa Sudhanidhi is stating, "Na Kimchana
Sivadanyam, Na Kimchana Sivaatparam, Sivaatiriktam Nahicha,
Sarvam Sivamayam Jagat", meaning there is nothing else apart
from Siva, there is none else above Siva, there is nothing different
from Siva. This entire world is full of Siva.
(iii) Eesavasyopanishad is stating "Eesavaasyamidagum Sarvam",
meaning this entire Universe is encircled by Siva.
(iv) The Sruti mantras "Rutagum Satyam Param Brahma --- " and
"Eesanassarva Vidyaanaam --- " are all eulogising Siva as the
(v) The Yoga Sutras are stating "Tasya Vaachakaha Pranavaha".
(vi) Puranas are explaining this point "Pranavohi Param Brahma,
Pranavaha Paramam Padham, Pranavo Vaachakastasya Sivasya Paramaatmanaha"
- Siva Puranam is stating Siva as Pranava Vachaka i.e. "OM".
(vii) Siva Geeta Sastram is stating "Aasam Pradhama Mevaaham,
Vartaamicha Sureswaraah, Bhavishyamicha Loke Asmin, Matto Naanyosti
Kaschina, Vyatiriktam Namastosti, Naanya Tkinchi Sureswaraha".
In this Siva Geeta, Siva addressing Indra and other celestial
Gods -- there is none else apart from Me in the past, in the
present or in the future.
(viii) Mantropanishad is also emphasising "Viswaadhiko Rudro
Maharshihi" or Rudra is superior to this Universe.
(ix) Atharva Siropanishad is stating "Siva Aeko Dhyeyaha, Sivamkaraha,
Ssarvamanyat Parityajya", Siva alone has to be worshipped to
the exclusion of all others.
(x) Vatoola Sivagamam is stating "Sarveshaameva Tatwaanam Moolam
Siva Iti Smrutaha" - for all Tatwas the origin or Moolam is
Siva. This is discussed in detail under Sivatatwam.
(xi) Siva Sankalponishad is stating "Paraatparato Brahma, Tat
Paraatparato Harihi, Tat Paraatparato Sambhuhu, Tanme Siva Sankalpamastu",
meaning Siva alone is the Ultimate Reality above Brahma, the
creator, Vishnu, the protector and Rudra, the destroyer, etc.
The greatness of the Srouta Saiva Siddhanta and Saiva Maha Deeksha
Swaroopam are discussed separately, which may be perused.
||The present situation in the Educational
system in this country is such, that our great grand children
at the current rate may not be able to know, read and understand
or write or even speak anything in their mother tongue and muchless
in Sanskrit, about the great traditions of this country and
muchless able to read, understand or write on the vast treasure
house of knowledge stored in our scriptures in Sanskrit and
in local languages. The Kathopanishad mantra referred to such
Avidyaaya Mantare Vartamanah Swayamdheeraa Panditammanyamaanah
Dandahyamanah Parayantimudha Andhe Naivaniyamana Yadandhah
- Kathopanishad - 1-2-5
"The ignorant, who live in the midst of darkness fancy themselves
as wise and learned, go round and round, deluded in many crooked
ways as blind people led by the blind".
||The object of Siva Jnana Lahari is
therefore, to explain and enlighten the seekers of knowledge
on the great traditions of this country. The great truths on
Saivam culled out by the author from the scriptures and written
both in Sanskrit and Telugu with authentic quotations from the
Vedas, Upanishads, Smritis, Samhitas, Agama Sastras, Dharma
Sastras, Kalpa Sutras, Itihasas, Puranas and Upapuranas, are
translated into English and published by Siva Jnana Lahari,
(English series) for the benefit of the readers to acquaint
themselves with the treasure house of knowledge contained in
the Srouta Sivadwaita philosophy, which alone is following the
Vedas and hence called as the Srouta Saiva Siddhanta.
||There is neither dispute about the
Ultimate Reality nor any inconsistency or otherwise in the entire
Veda Vangmayam including the Puranas. The author has stated
this point eloquently that "Sarva Vidya Samanvayam",
meaning interpretation of what is stated in all the scriptures
in unison and without contradiction is possible only through
Srouta Saiva Siddhanta in the following humble words:
" There is no time or occasion or even intention to criticise
others or their faiths. From times immemorial, importance was
given by all scholars to the Siddhantas propounded as well as
their critics. It is only after analysing them either the Siddhantas,
or the views of the critics, which do not stand on the Vedic
platform are rejected. Even the Brahmasutra karta, Veda Vyasa,
while mentioning the names of others and their "Sampradayams"
and founders of other religions in the "Poorva Mimamsa Sastra",
stated other's point of view and proved them to be wrong and
established his own views and his own Siddhanta. All other scholars
and critics followed this method. The same method is followed
by me. "
The readers are requested to visit this website in a dispassionate
way and enrich themselves by going through the various works
of the author mentioned under the heading "Mudigonda Nagalinga
Sastry", especially Vidyasthana Vinirnayam, a complete and final
decision on the Vedic texts.
is a way of life, a life in which one can reach God identified
as Siva, the Ultimate Reality, Eswara, the Brahman, eulogised
in Vedas and Upanishads as such and on which lies the greatness
of India i.e. Bharata Khandam for generations to come."
(Let all people,
the world over live in peace and happiness, rolling in wealth
with full of piety and compassion towards fellow beings is
the motto of this great Hindu way of life)
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