[Advaita-l] Shiva in the MahAbhArata
srikrishna_ghadiyaram at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 12 01:54:36 CDT 2004
hariH Om !!
Siva SahasranAma says it is part of Anusasana parva in
that Dana dharma parva.
Om Namo Narayanaya !!
--- S Jayanarayanan <sjayana at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I have been collecting passages from the MahAbhArata
> (MB) that praise
> Shiva as the Supreme. Here are two that I've found
> so far, if you know
> of any others, please let me know, I would greatly
> appreciate it.
> All references below are from the Sanskrit edition
> of the MB with Hindi
> translation, published by the Gitapress, Gorakhpur,
> In adhyAya 84 of the vanaparva (specifically the
> section called
> tIrthayAtrAparva), the sage Pulastya instructs the
> PANDavas on the
> importance of pilgrimage and gives a list of holy
> places to visit.
> Among them is suvarNAksha, the place where VishhNu
> worshipped Shiva.
> Here is the Sanskrit original with the English
> translation following
> J.A.B. van Buitenen (he takes the passage to be MB
> 3.82.15-20, i.e.
> adhyAya 82 instead of 84, of vanaparva):
> tatogachchhet suvarNAkhyaM trishhu lokeshhu
> vishrutam.h .. 18 ..
> tatra vishhNuH prasaadaarthaM rudramArAdhayat purA .
> varAMshcha subAhUllebhe daivateshhu sudurlabhaM ..
> 19 ..
> "Then one should go to Suvarnaksha, famous in the
> three worlds, where
> Vishnu once propitiated Rudra to win his grace. He
> obtained very many
> boons such as are hard to find among the Gods;"
> uktashcha tripuraghnena paritushhTena bhaarata .
> api cha tvaM priyataro loke KR^ishhNa bhavishhyasi
> .. 20 ..
> tvanmukhaM cha jagat sarvaM bhavishhyati na
> saMshayaH .
> tatraabhigaMya rAjendra pUjayitvA vR^ishhadhvajam.h
> .. 21 ..
> ashvamedhamavApnoti gANapatyaM cha vindati .
> "And, pleased, the Sacker of Tripura said to him,
> 'You will be more
> beloved even than we in the world, Krishna. Your
> mouth shall be the
> entire universe, no doubting of it.' By approaching
> and doing Puja to
> the Bull-bannered God, one rises to (i.e. acquires
> the fruit of) a
> Horse Sacrifice and attains to the rank of a
> In the anushAsanaparva, adhyAya 17, KR^ishhNa
> recites the Shiva
> sahasranAma in YudhishhThira'a presence (as
> previously instructed by
> upamanyu). Names like the following make it clear
> that it refers to the
> Supreme Brahman:
> 8. sarvAtmA -- The Self of All
> 88. sarvaGYaH -- The All-knowing One
> 413. paraMbrahma -- The Supreme Brahman
> 860. brahmavit -- The Knower of Brahman
> And names like these make it clear that is
> 378. nandIshvaraH -- the Lord of nandi (Shiva's
> 611. kApAlI -- One who wears skulls
> 660. KailAsagirivAsI -- one who dwells in Mount
> 869. pashupatiH -- the Lord of all living beings
> (typically applied to
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