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Mental worship of Śiva - "IAST only" version
Gabriel Pradīpaka, once again. The author of this well-known scripture is Śaṅkarācārya, a highly renowned vedantic master. In this scripture a particular technique of mental worship of Śiva is described in detail. The ordinary worship which is performed by using such external objects as incense sticks, trays, etc. is not so powerful as that which is performed by using one's own mind. A practice is more powerful if the instruments used to perform it are also more powerful. As mind is much more powerful than physical body, mental adoration is accordingly much more powerful than external adoration... and cheaper too. That is why, Śaṅkarācārya took the trouble to describe it in his hymn. However, this kind of worship requires complete one-pointedness. A person with a mind too distracted cannot practice the mental worship in an appropriate way.
When you perform mental worship, the important thing is that the objects can be distinctly experienced. If your mind is not paying full attention to the practice, you will note that the entire mental scene where you are practicing "mānasapūjā" (mental adoration) becomes indistinct, foggy. Thus, when you practice mental worship, strive to form a distinct, sharp mental image. If you can do this, then you are practicing mānasapūjā really well, and the fruits of it will come soon to your hands.
This hymn is generally chanted after "Śivamahimnaḥ stotram" by night.
This is a "IAST only" version, i.e. the entire text appears transliterated in IAST scheme. There is neither translation nor signs (Devanāgarī).
Ratnaiḥ kalpitamāsanaṁ himajalaiḥ snānaṁ ca divyāmbaraṁ nānāratnavibhūṣitaṁ mṛgamadāmodāṅkitaṁ candanam|
Jātīcampakabilvapatraracitaṁ puṣpaṁ ca dhūpaṁ tathā dīpaṁ deva dayānidhe paśupate hṛtkalpitaṁ gṛhyatām||1||
Sauvarṇe navaratnakhaṇḍaracite pātre ghṛtaṁ pāyasaṁ bhakṣyaṁ pañcavidhaṁ payodadhiyutaṁ rambhāphalaṁ pānakam|
Śākānāmayutaṁ jalaṁ rucikaraṁ karpūrakhaṇḍojjvalaṁ tāmbūlaṁ manasā mayā viracitaṁ bhaktyā prabho svīkuru||2||
Chatraṁ cāmarayoryugaṁ vyajanakaṁ cādarśakaṁ nirmalaṁ vīṇābherimṛdaṅgakāhalakalā gītaṁ ca nṛtyaṁ tathā|
Sāṣṭāṅgaṁ praṇatiḥ stutirbahuvidhā hyetatsamastaṁ mayā saṅkalpena samarpitaṁ tava vibho pūjāṁ gṛhāṇa prabho||3||
Ātmā tvaṁ girijā matiḥ sahacarāḥ prāṇāḥ śarīraṁ gṛhaṁ pūjā te viṣayopabhogaracanā nidrā samādhisthitiḥ|
Sañcāraḥ padayoḥ pradakṣiṇavidhiḥ stotrāṇi sarvā giro yadyatkarma karomi tattadakhilaṁ śambho tavārādhanam||4||
Karacaraṇakṛtaṁ vākkāyajaṁ karmajaṁ vā śravaṇanayanajaṁ vā mānasaṁ vāparādham|
Vihitamavihitaṁ vā sarvametatkṣamasva jaya jaya karuṇābdhe śrīmahādeva śambho||5||
Iti śrīmacchaṅkarācāryaviracitā śivamānasapūjā samāptā||
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