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Adi Shankara's daksinamurti stotram in tamil


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dakSina means right. vAma means left. dakSina amUrti means the right formless.

In the shiva-shakti form, right side is Shiva. Shiva is this daksina-amUrti. Any divinity is placed facing east. When Shiva-shakti faces east, the right side faces South and hence dakSin is also meant to indicate south. Shiva-Shakti is the Energy-Momentum or Consciousness-signaling couple that cannot be separated. It is the ardha-nareeswara.

It is through momentum we infer that energy exists. It is through signaling we infer consciousness exists. Where there is an action, there is a silent witnessing observer behind.

Shiva, the Energy or consciousness is the internal formless (amUrti) that cannot be perceived. It is the puruSa. Shakti, the momentum or signaling is the external form (mUrti) which is perceived. It is the prakRti. If Shakti is removed, Shiva cannot be known. (Shiva cannot pulse without shakti).

In consciousness terms, the actions of ‘manas’ that integrates and runs a body and its thoughts is the Shakti. Since we can perceive the actions of ‘manas’, a witnessing, silent, detached observer self that wakes us up from our sleeps and evil actions is perceived to exist behind the manas. We call that witnessing detached observer of our manas as manas-sAksi.

This detached self in us guides our knowledge evolution by giving us multiple perspectives, by guiding us to perform our actions in a detached way. Hence this daksina-amUrti is said to be the form of a ‘guru’ and hence called ‘guru-mUrti’ and shows jnana-mudra.

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