Dec 21, 2008


उद्भवः क्षोभणो देव इति परमो मन्त्रः ।

शङ्खभृर्न्नन्दकी चक्रीति कीलकम् ॥

ഉദ്ഭവഃ ക്ഷോഭണോ ദേവ ഇതി പരമോ മന്ത്രഃ

ശന്ഖഭ്ര്ന്നന്ധകി ചക്രീതി കീലകം

உத்பவ க்ஷோபணோ தேவ இதி பரமோ மந்திர

ச்ங்கப்ருன்நந்தகீ சக்ரீதி கீலகம்

ಉದ್ಭವಃ ಕ್ಷೋಪಣೋ ದೇವ ಇತಿ ಪರಮೋ ಮಂತ್ರಃ

ಶಂಖಭೃನ್ನನ್ಧಕೀ ಚಕ್ರೀತಿ ಕೀಲಕಂ

ఉద్భవః క్షోభణొ దేవ ఇతి పరమో మంత్రః

శంఖభృన్నందకీ చక్రీతి కీలకం

Udbhavanah Kshobhano Deva Ithi Paramo Manthrah
Shankhabhrnnandhaki Chakrithi Kilakam

The mighty Creative Power invoked and established on the navel region cannot be as such conceived by the mind. Therefore, to ‘nail’ it down (Keelakam) and establish it in our comprehension, this mantra conceives (udbavah) the Power as the Lord, who bears the Conch (shanka), the Sword, named Nandaka, and the Discus (chakra). This is only to show how the total cosmic Power, expressed in terms of our present understanding as creation, sustenance, and destruction, is but a manifestation of the Lord. The conch (Sankha) represents the ‘call’ of the Reality, the Lord’s own declarations stated in the scriptures. Nandaka, the sword that punishes to bring joy (Nandana) into the community and the destruction, without which evolution is impossible, is represented by the concept of the Discus (Chakra).

Here it is also to be noted that the blowing or the conch represents speech; wielding the sword represents action and the discus that takes off from Him at His will, represents his thoughts. Thus this great Power installed at the navel expresses itself in the world through speech, action and thought.

Symbolism: To conceive fully this form is to hold firmly the Lord’s own feet, and, therefore, when this mantra is mentally chanted, the fingers move away from the navel, and with both hands the seeker touches his own feet.

Here it is to be carefully noted how:
the Guru is kept at the roof of the head,
the Veda (metre) in the mouth,
the Lord in the heart,
the Power in the navel and, thereby, the seeker himself becomes so sacred that he prostrates unto himself by holding his own feet.



Inspiration & courtesy:
Contribution of Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, Professor, Department of ECSE, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, U.S.A.

Sanskrit script Courtesy:
Shri. N. Krishnamachari