Shivatandava Stotram in the divine voice of Shankar Mahadevan
Most of you have heard about Ravana, the 10-headed Rakshasa king of Lanka who had stolen Sita and later killed by Lord
Rama. Very few of you have heard about his good sides. He was a great scholar and a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva. Ravana was the second birth of Jaya, the gatekeeper of Vaikunta (abode of Lord Vishnu). Jaya along with Vijaya, the other gatekeeper of Vaikunta had been cursed by Four Kumaras – Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana, and Sanatkumara upon not allowing them to enter Vaikunta to see Lord Vishnu. Both of them thought the Four Kumaras as little boys and didn’t allow them to enter Vaikunta. They got the curse as they will born on Earth losing their divinity and will become mortals. They went to Lord Vishnu and he said he can’t take back the curse, but gave them two options to select from. One in which they can take seven births in Earth in the form of Vishnu devotees. Second one was to take three births in Earth in the form of Vishnu enemies. Both of them selected the second option thinking they could reach Lord very soon. In the firt birth on Earth, they born as Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu and killed by Varaha avatar and Narasimha avatar respectively. In second birth they born as Ravana and Kumbakarana and killed by Lord Rama. In third birth, they born as Shishupala and Dantavakra and killed by Lord Krishna. After the third birth and being killed by Lord Krishna, they got back to Vaikunta as Jaya and Vijaya. All lord’s divine play.
In Jaya’s birth as Ravana, he was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Even though he had ego, lust, pride etc., he was a very good scholar. Once, upon advised by Sage Narada, Ravana tried to bring Shiva to Lanka. Due to his overbearing pride in own strength, he decided to bring the whole Kailasa to Lanka. He picked up the Kailasa in his hands. Realizing his pride, Lord Shiva pressed his great toe and Ravana was crushed and he fell to Patala (underground world). He cried loudly. With all his strength, he tried to escape from under Kailasa and he couldn’t. He then started praying Lord Shiva with 14 stotras (verses) and Lord Shiva became happy in his devotion and freed him. These 14 stotras are named as Shivatandava Sthothram, which is very dear to Lord Shiva. It is a very energetic stotram with the magical use of letters of Sanskrit in it. Chanting this stotram energizes the chanter due to its divinity and also due to the magical use of letter arrangement in this stotram. Even hearing this stotram, energizes one who hears it. With obeisance to Ravana and Lord Shiva, I’m sharing Shivatandava Stotram to you all.
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1. What you think about this blogging world?
I see the blogging world as a beautiful space to share our creative selves and appreciate and support each others beautiful creations.
2. Which motivates you to start a blog and who encouraged you?
I myself started this blog in 2013, but only from 2015 onwards, I started writing articles and sharing creative stuffs through this. I was looking for a place to share, where I can enjoy solitude too, and found WordPress is the best place for that.
3. What you want to change in this world ?Why?
I want to change all types of cruelties against children. I love them so much and I can’t see them suffer.
4. What you think about your followers?
They support me and fill me with joy of sharing and creating.
5. Are you enjoying blogging?Reason.
Yes, I do enjoy blogging. I love expressing myself through poems, drawings, paintings, cooking, etc. and through blogging, I can share these with all.
6. Your favourite book and why?
Vasishta Sudha by Prof. G. Balakrishnan Nair. It is a very detailed explained of Laghu yoga vasishta. It is a precious gem in Vedanta.
7. Technology is good thing or bad thing and why?
I feel technology is a double edged sword. If we use it carefully, it’s a boon. If not, it wastes our energy, time, money and even lives.
8. Is your life in balance?
With lord’s grace, yes 🙂
9. Share any one of your experience, which changes you.
My first solo trip to Thiruvannamalai. My dearest guru and mentor Rajesh Touchriver advised me to live happy, free, and strong in all circumstance and do not fear anyone and he motivated me to travel alone and Arunachala was the first name came to my mind and when I searched google, found about Arunachala temple and Ramana Maharshi and Thiruvannamalai. Even though I saw Ramana Maharshi’s photo at very small age at my grandfather’s pooja room and later heard about Ramana Maharshi in yoga class, I didn’t paid much attention, but in 2016 February, the name Arunachala suddenly came to my mind and I traveled to Thiruvannamalai solo. I was able to feel the divine call there and from there onwards, I am experiencing my dearest lord’s presence in heart and fear, tension, and grief disappeared 🙂
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A very nice blog full of good vibes. Keep sharing your beautiful articles and creatives stuffs.
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SMILE, CRY (Both comes easily :P), LAUGH (Sister and mother often tell me not to laugh aloud :P).
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Write from your heart. Do not bother about likes or follows, they come naturally. Love yourself completely and it will reflect in your writing. Best wishes 🙂
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Me, sister and kid gone to a shopping yesterday evening. On the way back home around 7 pm, in a dark and heavily traffic area of Trivandrum city, the auto we had struck with a car without indicator and auto fell down and we all were in the auto. I called upon Narayana and said my kid. That only remember. People picked up the auto and we went out. Kid was crying loudly, we checked kid and no injuries to him. He was sleeping in sister’s lap at the time of accident. They were on the side were auto struck. When auto fell down, they both fall upon me and I suddenly covered his head with my right side for him not to strike on anywhere. No injuries for us three and a small wound on auto driver’s head. Miraculously, no superfast bus or lorry came at that time. Everything bhagavan’s grace.
That very morning, I sat near the kid while he was sleeping. I chanted om namo narayanaya and then put Ranganatha Gadyam in mobile for him to woke up. He woke up with smile and we both heard it smiling. He is 2 years old and talks words, but not sentences. He pointed to mobile and asked “pattu..ummm?” meaning “what song is this?” I told him it’s about bhagavan. We need to chant bhagavan’s name and at any point in life, bhagavan will be there to help us. Bhagavan will save us from all injuries. He smiled at me. I hugged him and chanted om namo narayanaya. I told him bhagavan is in our heart, touching his heart and then my heart. He then touched my heart and smiled.
In the evening, when we met with that accident, my dearest lord kept the very same word which I told my nephew in the morning. Om namo narayanaya 😊🙏🙏🙏 Bhagavan eva sharanam. Bhagavan is the only refuge. Om namo narayanaya 😊🙏🙏🙏🙏
Children are gods, children are precious angels, please love them, please be kind to them. If you don’t have patience to raise a child, don’t hurt him or her, know that it is better to leave the baby at Amma Electronic thottil (Ammathottil). It is open 24 hours, you can leave the baby in the cradle without losing your dirty idenity. The following is its address: Amma Electronic thottil (Ammathottil) Model School Road Housing Board, Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695014 Phone number: 0471 232 4932
You may contact Kerala State Sisu Kshema Samithi too at 0471 232 4939 for details about leaving older children safely.
I just took today’s Malayala manorama newspaper in hand and read the headline of the piteous death of a child after abuse. It’s done by her own mother and 2 similar other incedents to kids in Kerala. I couldn’t read more as my eyes got blind with tears and felt pain in chest.
Dear women, if you have any depression, anger or any other emotions, treat it at the earliest and never allow it pile up and then show it on your innocent child. Depression after childbirth is common, but it is treatable. I am telling you frankly, if you don’t want a child, use birth control measures and enjoy the dirty pleasure, but please don’t gave birth to a child and hurt him or her. If you have child and you feel the child as a disturbance for your extramarital affairs or illegal affairs, please leave the child at Ammathottil or Sisu Kshema Samithi and get lost yourself in whatever you want, but never touch the child with the feeling of hurting him or her.
Realise there are lots of couples here around the world, praying years and years for child and doing expensive treatments. Lots of these couples or even single people who have compassion, patience and pure love for children adopt the children and give them a very good life. From Sisu Kshema Samithi, lots of children are being adopoted to different parts of world and they are living happily.
***Disclaimer: I am not supporting illegal affairs or extramarital lifestyle, but I am writing this on behalf of all children and all those who love children.
Happy Vishu dear all 😊 Today is our New Year day. We celebrate this festival of spring and good harvest praying for goodness of all 😊 Yellow is today’s color denoting happiness, compassion and prosperity 😊
You may read my translation of Vritrachathusloki on this auspicious day. May Bhagavan’s presence be always experienced in our hearts 😊❤🙏