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The Shiva Panchakshara Yantra is a sacred geometrical diagram that embodies the shakti of Lord Shiva. Focusing on this yantra quiets the mind and draws a seeker’s awareness inward toward the Self. By meditating on this yantra, you can experience Lord Shiva’s formless nature and all-pervasive bliss.
As you rest your awareness on the image, let your mind gravitate to any element to which it is naturally drawn. The vibration of the mantra Om Namah Shivaya is seen and felt throughout the yantra. As you meditate on the yantra, it’s okay if you feel your focus wandering. Lord Shiva is extolled as “the compassionate one” and he smiles upon all who make a sincere effort.
When I started contemplating the Shiva Panchakshara Yantra, I immediately perceived its charm and mystery, but I could not understand it. Then I heard inwardly: “Is it so difficult to look?” So I simply followed the instructions in the introduction.
I started by observing the yantra
naturally, as one would observe a beautiful landscape. I was attracted by the light that emanates from the white shapes, which is intensified by the contrasting blue. I perceived a subtle vibration flowing in different directions, and suddenly the yantra
It transformed in my inner vision into a beautiful flower that encompassed my entire being. I felt transported deep into my center, where the syllables of the mantra Om Namah Shivaya
arise. I felt one with the yantra.
The contemplation of the Shiva Panchakshara Yantra allowed me to experience its shakti
and to savor its precious nectar.
Each time I view the Shiva Panchakshara Yantra, my breath flows with vitality. I do this practice regularly as a dharana
for three minutes. During this period of concentration, all my attention is drawn toward my breath, and my mind empties of thoughts.
I see the yantra
as the crown of Lord Shiva! The circles of jewel-like arrows pointing inward and outward symbolize for me the infinite flow of universal Consciousness circulating in the constant flow of the breath.
I was immediately engaged when I looked at the Shiva Panchakshara Yantra. I appreciated the introduction’s invitation to let my mind be drawn to any element of the yantra, as the vibration of Om Namah Shivaya can be seen and felt throughout it.
As I did this, I found that my attention was strongly drawn to the curved elements at the top of the outer circle. I experienced them as domes of temples, reaching upward toward the sky. Unexpectedly, this stirred a vivid memory. A few days earlier, I had been walking around a wonderful, frozen lake and looking up at the stark silhouettes of leafless branches seemingly reaching upward toward the blue sky.
Suddenly, the memory of these trees in nature and my contemplation of the dome-like elements in the yantra seemed to blend together in my consciousness to form a single inner experience. To me, this felt like a sacred moment.
Minnesota, United States
When I observe the Shiva Panchakshara Yantra, which is imbued with the power of the mantra, I experience that it purifies my mind, my senses, and my body. Then I can perceive the true beauty of the world, the pure manifestation of Lord Shiva.
I am totally fascinated by the subtle effect that the Shiva Panchakshara Yantra has on me. Over the last few days, I have been focusing on this yantra
again and again. So much so that the image of the yantra
sometimes spontaneously appears in my mind’s eye as I go about my everyday life.
Today, as I was driving home from work, I suddenly felt a sense of fear rise up within me, as if someone were threatening me. But then the Shiva Panchakshara Yantra came to my mind, and I imagined myself sitting in the middle of this yantra
Immediately, I felt a sense of tremendous protection, and my fears dissolved. I discovered from this experience that engaging with the Shiva Panchakshara Yantra can provide me with great support in facing my inner enemies and gaining greater freedom.
I have liked focusing on the Shiva Panchakshara Yantra since it was posted on the Siddha Yoga path website. The first time, after I gazed at it for a while, I closed my eyes, and I saw the yantra
with my mind’s eye on my inner screen. Since then, I sometimes see it as a golden square, sometimes just a dark velvety space—always quiet and peaceful.
Today, as I looked at the Shiva Panchakshara Yantra, I entered the first ring, then the second and the third, repeating silently the syllables of the mantra. When I entered the final circle, I began humming the mantra melodiously, as I did with Gurumayi during the Satsang in Honor of Mahashivaratri.
, I focused on the Om
symbol in the yantra
. As I hummed the mantra, I focused on each syllable of the mantra at the same time I hummed it. I did this three times. Then I closed my eyes, and saw on my mind’s screen a golden square where I merged deep inside.
As I watched the yantra,
it was pulsating from the center outwards. I could feel the pulses mirroring the same pulse within me. The longer I watched it, the more fluid and alive the yantra
became. The blue rings became bolder and clearer. I could feel the oneness, the eternal Consciousness.
What a joy and privilege to behold this great yantra
, especially after having repeated the mantra Om Namah Shivaya
extensively throughout the day on Mahashivaratri and in the Universal Hall during the beautiful satsang
I feel it’s a surprise gift granted to us because of our devotion to the great Lord within and our desire to merge with the all-encompassing, auspicious One.
As I focus on it, I see in it the immanent and the transcendent, the mystical and the precise. For me, it is scientific in its perfection. It holds and exudes beauty and bliss.
My words cannot say everything this yantra
expresses, so I just say Om Namah Shivaya
while continuing to contemplate it with gratitude to Gurumayi for continuously reminding us of our inherent Shiva nature.
New York, United States
When I first gazed at the Shiva Panchakshara Yantra, I experienced its astonishing power as a pulsing presence in my chakras
. As I examined the yantra
more closely, it seemed to become three-dimensional. I was fascinated by this phenomenon and felt myself being drawn into the yantra
, as if I were going into some sort of actual architectural creation. At that moment, my attention dropped into my heart, and I entered a state of meditation so deep and profound that I lost all sense of time and place. When I opened my eyes, I looked at the clock and was startled to find that I had been meditating for over an hour.
Texas, United States
I was immediately fascinated by this yantra—at first by the blue colors but also the very strong directions of the arrows and the petals. As I thought of the eight directions, it reminded me that Lord Shiva is in everything and everyone, no matter which direction we take.
All I can say is that the Guru is endlessly offering her guidance and love in the most extraordinarily loving ways.
Heidelberg Heights, Australia
Today after my morning meditation session I contemplated the Shiva Panchakshara Yantra just for a few minutes and I felt pulled into a long and profound meditation.
It has been very powerful! I’m still astonished and intoxicated by the experience and the strength and power of the shakti
in this yantra.
I was drawn to closely examine each auspicious element of the Shiva Panchakshara Yantra. First, I noticed the beauty and intricacy of the whole yantra
. Then, beginning at the center, I tenderly repeated each syllable of the five-syllable mantra Om Namah Shivaya
. Next, I concentrated on the outer rim and repeated each occurrence of the mantra as I moved my focus clockwise with great reverence and attention to the formation of the Sanskrit characters.
Then I felt as if a key in a doorway turned: I sensed a vibration resonating in my heart and great love within. As I prepared to meditate, I bowed to my puja
and offered thanks for this visual image of Lord Shiva’s mantra and for the abundant grace and guidance showered upon me each day.
Maryland, United States
touched a musical and playful chord in me. As I gazed at it, it took me back to a dancing saptah
at Shree Muktananda Ashram many years ago, where I had a vivid experience of Gurumayi’s gentleness and sweetness.
Florida, United States
Very beautiful! The energy from within the yantra
steadies and centers me. At the same time, I sense that the yantra is alive and moving in all directions.
I am grateful for this visual approach to worship and to reflection on the mantra and Lord Shiva!
Florida, United States