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Meaning of "Dakshinamurti>"







In General

An aspect of Lord Siva as a silent teacher. In every kalapa the Omnipotent Reality manifests itself as Dakshinamurti and becomes the guru of the foremost human beings, who were capable of understanding the philosophical Truth. Siva as Dakshinamurti thus taught the spiritual truth to Rishis, the path to liberation (moksha) through silence.

The first stanza of Dakshinamurti stotram by Adi Sankara gives an understanding of the divine teacher:

मौनव्याख्या प्रकटित परब्रह्मतत्त्वं युवानं

वर्षिष्ठांते वसद् ऋषिगणैः आवृतं ब्रह्मनिष्ठैः ।

आचार्येन्द्रं करकलित चिन्मुद्रमानंदमूर्तिं

स्वात्मारामं मुदितवदनं दक्षिणामूर्तिमीडे ॥१॥

(Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurthy) Whose Exposition through Profound Silence is Awakening the Knowledge of the Supreme Brahman in the Hearts of His Disciples; Who is Himself Youthful , but is Sitting Surrounded by Old and Great Sages who are Devoted to Brahman; The Hands of the Supreme Spiritual Teacher is Forming the Chiin-Mudra (gesture of the Knowledge of Brahman) and Whose Appearance is Still and Blissful, Who is Rejoicing in His Own Self which is reflected on His Blissful Face; Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurthy.

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