Lord Rama and Hanuman
Hanuman is a well known character in Indian mythology and is considered as the greatest devotee of Lord Rama. He is the best symbol of courage, strength, dedication to fighting injustice, devotion and total unconditional surrender. One day as he sat in his usual devotional posture in front of Lord Rama the Lord enquired. Hanuman you are very fond of me, you love me so much, you are so devoted to me. What is your relationship with me? Hanuman bowing down replied, ‘my Lord when I am aware of your body and also am aware of my body then at that level of the body I am your son and you are my father. You are great, big and grand and I am small and separate from you'. The Lord was pleased with the answer but asked do you have any other relation? Yes replied Hanuman, ‘my Lord I have two more relationships with you. When I am aware of your mind and in meditation am aware of my mind then at that level of the mind you are an ocean and I am a wave. You are still great, big and grand and I am small, but at this level I am not separate from you I am a part of you. Oh that's very beautiful answered the Lord and may I know what is your third relationship? At this request Hanuman waited a few moments and then said, ‘my Lord before I come out with this third relationship I want to assure you I do not desire to offend thee but you may feel offended or insulted or at least hurt. But I have to say it my Lord because that is the highest Truth. When I look to your soul and I look within my soul then my Lord I have to confess that I am you and you are me. We are identical. You are no longer great, big and grand and I am not small we are equal and in fact identical.
God's and Goddesses
The name Shiva is used in Indian mythology in two sense. Those who worship Shiva in the Shiva temples all over India worship Him as the highest God, the transcendental aspect of God, the ocean of pure consciousness, generally known as Brahman. Shiva is Brahman to them. The name Shiva is also used to represent one of the Hindu Trinities. In Hindu mythology we have three cosmic Deities, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva who are responsible for the creation, maintenance and destruction of the universe respectively. Shiva therefore is the Deity responsible for the destruction of the universe for the purpose of a fresh creation. These three Deities are personifications of the three gunas in Nature. Brahma represents rajas, Vishnu represents sattva and Shiva represents tamas. In Hindu mythology Shiva is shown to dwell with Parvati (Shakti) in Mount Kailash, a high mountain peak in the Himalayas. Shiva is Nirguna (beyond the gunas) Brahman. Parvati or Shakti is Saguna (with gunas) Brahman.
Panchakshara is a mahamantra which is composed of five letters, ‘Namassivaya'. A mantra is that which removes all obstacles and miseries of one who reflects on it and bestows eternal bliss and immortality. Panchakshara is one of the best among seven crores of mantras. There are seven skandhas in Yajurveda. There is Rudradhyayi in the center of the middle