Lord Shanmukha and His Worship by Swami Sivananda

By Swami Sivananda

. 1996 third ed, 135pp

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This Inner Consciousness has, as it were, the six heads. So, too, has Lord Subrahmanya. He is the Supreme Brahman with six heads—the six Jnana Indriyas. And, the Yogis explain that the six heads of Lord Subrahmanya represent the six centres (Chakras) within. Each head is of the form of each Devata of the six Chakras. This way, too, we come to the conclusion that Lord Subrahmanya is Para Brahman and not a mere divine being. Meditation on Lord Subrahmanya, therefore, is, according to the Bhaktas, the surest way to obtain intuitive knowledge of Brahman.

It is the nature of the cock to crow at the moment when the sun makes himself just visible in the horizon. Let us now examine the meaning of the legend about Surapadma who was killed by Subrahmanya. The Asuras Taraka, Simhamukha and Surapadma were the sons of Maya. They persecuted the Devas and imprisoned Devakumara. Murugan heeded the prayers of the Devas, killed the three Asuras with His Spear and liberated Devakumara from prison. Later, according to the request of the victorious Devas, Murugan married Deivayanai, the daughter of Indra.

Hence the three Saktis, in the form of Vel—Jnana Sakti, Valli—Iccha Sakti, and Deivayanai—Kriya Sakti, form part and parcel of Lord Shanmukha, who is also named as Saktidhara. Glory to the Lord of the Saktis! Glory to the Lord who dispels ignorance amongst the devotees by His Velayudha. Valli’s Wedding The true import of this wedding seems to be this. Valli represents the Jiva that has been separated from its original abode, eternal bliss, Paramatman, who is Lord Subrahmanya. The separated Jiva roams in the wilderness of the forest of this world, due to the force of Avidya.

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