Shiva Tripura Samhara Thandava Moorthi
- The Ego Capturer, Mind Purifier and Destroyer of Evil - The Worshippable Lord of 2008
In 2007, the Lord graced us as Shiva Gaja Samhara Moorthi, the ego annihilator.
January 2008 IssueThis Tripura Samhara Thandava Moorthi avatar is the worshippable Lord for this year 2008 as revealed in the January 2008 issue of the Ashram monthly magazine published in December 2007.
The Full and Complete Daily Darshan for 2008The Siddhas of the Agasthiar Lineage hail the Tripura Samhara Tandava Moorthy avatar form (shown in the Agasthiar Ashram painting above) as the full and complete darshan of the Lord.
With 16 hands, 21 devas and deities, 51 maharishis, countless Siddhas as ornaments, decorations and weapons, and with Sri Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skanda Muruga and Mother Tripura Sundari at His side, this full and complete darshan must be viewed by everyone of us every day throughout 2008.
To get this daily darshan easily throughout 2008, make this image the desktop background on your computer. You can also get 2008 calendars with this picture at the Ashram store. Either way, make sure you get this daily darshan throughout 2008.
Daily Worship of the Ego "Capturer" throughout 2008
"mamathaiyai maayaiyaal kavarndhu theervu alikkum divyamaana vazhipaadu." The Sathguru has thus conveyed the deep significance of Shiva Tripura Samhara Moorthi worship in just one sentence. A simple explanation follows.
When the Lord manifested this ego "capturer" avatar, He not only destroyed the evil Tripura asura demons, He also taught the Devas and us a very important lesson.
Being tormented by the Tripura asuras, the Devas sought refuge at the Lord's feet, but when the Lord set out to destroy the evil forces, the Devas thought they were going to be of help to Him! This is the mamata or the "I am the doer" thought. This thought, especially while being at the Lord's side, is a major stumbling block on the spiritual path.
But till the end, the Lord did not do or say anything to change the thoughts of the Devas. On the contrary, He played along till the very end. This was His maya at work.
At the end, when He destroyed the evil forces with but a look, the Devas realized that they were most certainly not the doers and the Lord alone is the doer.
Thus the Lord "captured" their mamata ego without saying anything to that effect! He made them realize on their own that they have to discard the "I am the doer" thought if they are to advance on the spiritual path.
The Devas realized that the Lord does not need anyone's help. This should be obvious, yet how many of us think that we can be of help in the Lord's cause!
So the great lesson that the Lord taught the Devas is valid to this day. It is of utmost significance to everyone who is interested in spirituality.
The Daily Darshan Hymn for 2008Sathguru Venkataraman has given to us a six line hymn composed by the Siddha, Kunchithapaadha Kaviraya in honor of the Lord of 2008, Sri Shiva Tripura Samhara Thandava Moorthi. Here are the six lines of the hymn transliterated into English text along with meanings:
Reciting this hymn a minimum of 1008 times daily throughout 2008 is highly beneficial, say the Siddhas of the Agasthiar Lineage.
You can see below a short clip that contains a recitation of this hymn by an Agasthiar Ashramite.
Lord Ganesh of Achirupakkam[Some excerpts from the January 2008 issue of our Ashram monthly magazine]
Lord Tripura Samhara Thandava Murthi first showed this avatar form to Lord Ganesh.
The Lord Himself worshipped Lord Ganesh of Achirupakkam, thus setting the example that Ganesh should first be worshipped before starting anything at all.
Lord Muruga as Sri Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skanda[Some of the original Siddha revelations of Sathguru Venkataraman on Sri Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skanda Muruga from pages 2, 50 and 51 of the January 2008 issue of our Ashram monthly magazine released in December 2007. This Siddha wisdom was not available anywhere else till these pages were published in our magazine.]
A "never give up" attitude, within the bounds of dharma, is essential on the spiritual path. This attitude should be nurtured with every breath to ensure that one's spiritual life is on a firm footing.
Only as faith grows stronger and stronger will one get this "never give up" attitude to do good deeds even amidst obstacles and problems. But how can one get this deep faith? By the worship of Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skandha.
You can see the divine form of Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skandha Muruga with His hands held together in worship of Lord Shiva in the Ashram Painting above.
You can also see a larger view of Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skandha Muruga clipped right from our Ashram painting below.
It was Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skanda Muruga who announced the Lord's Tripura Samhara Thandava Moorthi avatar to the universe at large.
The potency of Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skanda is present in many Muruga shrines, but the Siddhas of the Agasthiar Lineage point to the Muruga in the Ozhalur Sri Agastheeswara temple as the One who symbolizes Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skanda. As pointed out on page 51 of the Jan 2008 issue of our monthly magazine, this temple is near Chengalpet which is near the city of Chennai in the south of India.
Maha Guru Agasthiar worshipped the Muruga of Ozhalur as did many Siddhas and Maharishis who witnessed the Shiva Tripura Samhara Thandava Moorthi avatar.
Doubting God, questioning God, thinking that one has done a lot of worship and yet God has not answered one's prayers - all these are telltale indications of lack of faith in God. Rather, one must learn that worship is the chief duty of a human! To learn this, deep faith in God is important. The big blessing that Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skanda gives us is that He blesses us with that deep faith in God that can help us make rapid spiritual progress. Can there be a bigger favor on the spiritual path than this? But this is exactly what Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skanda Muruga is willing to give us.
Bad habits and bad associations can shake one's faith. To not fall prey to these, worship Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skanda Muruga.
When you pray to Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skanda Muruga, request the blessing of deep faith in God Almighty Himself - the kind of faith that will help you progress spiritually. Asking Lord Muruga for faith in anything else would be trivializing His Divine Intent to carry us forward on the spiritual path. Page scans below.
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Worship ProcedureHere are Siddha rules for worshipping the Lord of 2008:
[These are some of the original Siddha revelations of Sathguru Venkataraman on Sri Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skanda Muruga from pages 2, 50 and 51 of the January 2008 issue of our Ashram monthly magazine released in December 2007. This Siddha wisdom was not available anywhere else till these pages were published in our magazine.]
Page Scans from our January 2008 IssueFor those who are conversant with the Tamil language, here are links to pages from our January 2008 issue that revealed the Tripura Samhara Prachanda Skanda Avatar of Lord Muruga to the world for the first time. When you click on these, they will open in a new window. Since each scan is large, your browser may display them in reduced form. Just click on the scan to make the browser display it in its original size.