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As already noted above, Sri Sivayogi Sivacarya is the author of Sri Siddhantasikhaamani. He gives an account of his heritage in the first chapter of the work thus: In this heritage there are two Sivayogi Sivacarya. The first sivayogi sivacarya is described as the foremost among the sivayogins who were quite accomplished in the Saiva practices and as the great ocean of “Sivajnana”. The Second Sivayogi Sivacarya, who was fourth in the lineage, is the author of Sri Siddhantasikhamani. The second in the lineage was Muddadeva, the best among the Sivayogins. He was not a direct successor of the first Sivayogi Sivacarya as indicated by the statement "tasya vamse" while introducing him. The next acarya called Siddhanatha was a direct successor of Muddadeva and the second Sivayogi Sivacarya was also a direct successor of Siddhanatha.

Now the question is: what kind of heritage it was? Was it the heritage of the family? or was it the heritage of preceptors? The first alternative seems likely in view of the commonly known meanings of the words "vamsa'", family ant "nandana", son. But serious attention is drawn towards the manner in which all the four Acaryas are addressed here. They are addressed with such terms and phrases as: Sivacarya Virasivacarya (S.S. 1.17), Sivayoginamagranih, Sivayoginam murdhanyah (Ibid., 1.15). These terms and phrases point to a situation in which the first alternative cannot be compatible. They clearly show that it was not a parental heritage, but the heritage of Gurus belonging to a Virasaiva matha. The pontiffs of the Virasaiva, Pancapithas and the mathas coming under them, are called Sivacaryas.

Foreword

It is a matter of great delight that Sri Siddhantasikhamani as a Parayana text is being brought out as the 69th publication of Saiva Bharati Sodha Pratisthanarn, Jangamawadimath, Varanasi (U.P., India). This Pratisthanam which was established on 20th August 1993, has been a publication wing of Sri Jagadguru Visvaradhya Janakalyana Pratisthana. It is recognised by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Deemed University), New Delhi. This Sodha Pratisthanam has the proud distinction of publishing more than 50 original Sanskrit books with authoritative introductions, translations and exhaustive notes in Hindi, English, Telugu, Marathi and Kannada. At present, this great and grand project of publishing Sri Siddhantaskhamani Parayana text, has raised waves of delight in my heart and as such I feel highly elated by the gracious direction of His Holiness Dr. Chandrashekhar Shivacharya Mahaswamiji, the Holy Jagadguru of Varanasi Jnanasirnhasana, Jangamawadi Math, Varanasi, to write a FOREWORD to this English version of the Parayana text, i.e., Sanskrit text with English translation, which is already published with Kannada, Telugu, Marathi and Hindi translations separately.

Sri Siddhantasikhdmani is the foremost authority on the religion and philosophy of Virasaivism, which is one of the living faiths of Hinduism. The primitive traits of Virasaivism in the Vedic Samhitas and the Upanisads and concrete features given to it in the latter parts (uttarabhaga) of the Saivagamas, find a complete and comprehensive exposition in Sri Siddhantasikhamani for the first time in the history of Virasaivism, It is a compendium divided into 21 chapters called "Paricchedas". After the four priliminary chapters, the teaching of one hundred and one (101) sthalas starts with the 5th chapter and ends with 20th chapter, the last chapter being devoted to some concluding matters. The doctrine of sthalas is the central teaching of the text. This doctrine developed in the form of a dialogue between Sri Renuka, 0 of the five holy Acaryas (Pancacaryas) of yore who found Virasaivism, and Agastya, the pitcher born (kumbhodbhava) sage of Pancavati, like the Bhagavadgita which is a dialog between Lord Krsna, an incarnation of Visnu, and Arjuna, one of the Pandavas. Just as Vyasa summarised the doctrine of 101 Bhagavadgita, so did Sivayogi Sivacarya summarise the doctrine of 101 sthalas in Sri Siddhantasikhamani.

Contents of Sri Siddhantasikhamani

In the first chapter, the author gives an account of heritage after a preliminary Mangalacarana dedicated to Siva and Sakti and an information connected with the sources of his text. The second chapter describes Siva's creation as a model to Brahman's creation and departs the greatness of SrI Renu and Sri Daruka, the two lords of Sivaganas, in the service Siva. The third chapter gives an account of the sabha of Si and describes the circumstances that led to the descent of Sri Renuka on the earth with a mission to establish Virasaivisrn the earth. The fourth chapter gives an account of Sri Renuka’s emergence from the Somesvaralinga at Kollipaki and his march towards the hermitage of Agastya in the Mala mountain. The sixteen chapters from the 5th chapter to the 20th chapter are devoted to the exposition of 101 sthalas, of which the 44 Angasthalas pertaining to Anga (i.e., Jiva) come in the ten chapters from the 5th chapter to 14th chapter and the Lingasthalas pertaining to Linga (i.e., Siva) come in the' chapters from the 15th chapter to 20th chapter. The twenty first chapter is devoted to the description of installation of 3 crores of Lingas at Lanka to fulfil the last wish of Ravana, on 1 request of Vibhisana, Ravana's surviving brother and 1 merging of SrI Renuka in Sornesvara Linga at Kollipaki.

Content

 

  Blessings vii
  Foreword xiv
  Parayana vidhi xxviii
  Nyasa xxxi
  Dhyana xxxiv
  Mahatmya xxxvi
  Phalasrtih xxxviii
Chapter 1 Mangakacarananukramaprasangah 1
Chapter 2 Renukadarukavataranam 10
Chapter 3 Kailasavarnanam Renukavatarankaranam ca 19
Chapter 4 Renukagastyadarsanaprasangah 39
Chapter 5 Bhaktasthale Pindapindajnana- sansaraheyasthalaprasangah 52
Chapter 6 Gurukarunyalingadharanaprasangah 72
Chapter 7 Vibhutirudraksadharanaprasangah 88
Chapter 8 Pancaksarijapaprasangah 105
Chapter 9 Bhaktamargakriya- ubhaya- trividhasanpatti- caturvidhasaraya- danatrayasthalaprasangah 118
Chapter 10 Mahesvarasya navavidhasthalaprasangah 142
Chapter 11 Prasadinah Saptavidhasthasthalprasangah 163
Chapter 12 Pranalinginah Pancavidhasthalaprasangah 183
Chapter 13 Saranasya Caturvidhasthalaprasangah 196
Chapter 14 Aikyasya Caturvidhasthalaprasangah 206
Chapter 15 Lingasthalantargatabhaktasthale- Navavidhalingasthalaprasangah 218
Chapter 16 Lingasthalantargatamahesvarasthale- Navavidhalingasthalaprasangah 237
Chapter 17 Lingasthalantargatargataprasadisthale- navavidhalingasthalaprasangah 259
Chapter 18 Lingasthalantargatargatapranalingisthale- navavidhalingasthalaprasangah 281
Chapter 19 Lingasthalantargatargatapranalingisthale- dvadasalingasthalaprasangah 301
Chapter 20 Lingasthalantargataikyasthale- navavidhalingasthalaprasangah 326
Chapter 21 Vibhisanabhaistapradanam 348
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Sri Sivayogi Sivacarya’s Sri Siddhantasikhamanih

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As already noted above, Sri Sivayogi Sivacarya is the author of Sri Siddhantasikhaamani. He gives an account of his heritage in the first chapter of the work thus: In this heritage there are two Sivayogi Sivacarya. The first sivayogi sivacarya is described as the foremost among the sivayogins who were quite accomplished in the Saiva practices and as the great ocean of “Sivajnana”. The Second Sivayogi Sivacarya, who was fourth in the lineage, is the author of Sri Siddhantasikhamani. The second in the lineage was Muddadeva, the best among the Sivayogins. He was not a direct successor of the first Sivayogi Sivacarya as indicated by the statement "tasya vamse" while introducing him. The next acarya called Siddhanatha was a direct successor of Muddadeva and the second Sivayogi Sivacarya was also a direct successor of Siddhanatha.

Now the question is: what kind of heritage it was? Was it the heritage of the family? or was it the heritage of preceptors? The first alternative seems likely in view of the commonly known meanings of the words "vamsa'", family ant "nandana", son. But serious attention is drawn towards the manner in which all the four Acaryas are addressed here. They are addressed with such terms and phrases as: Sivacarya Virasivacarya (S.S. 1.17), Sivayoginamagranih, Sivayoginam murdhanyah (Ibid., 1.15). These terms and phrases point to a situation in which the first alternative cannot be compatible. They clearly show that it was not a parental heritage, but the heritage of Gurus belonging to a Virasaiva matha. The pontiffs of the Virasaiva, Pancapithas and the mathas coming under them, are called Sivacaryas.

Foreword

It is a matter of great delight that Sri Siddhantasikhamani as a Parayana text is being brought out as the 69th publication of Saiva Bharati Sodha Pratisthanarn, Jangamawadimath, Varanasi (U.P., India). This Pratisthanam which was established on 20th August 1993, has been a publication wing of Sri Jagadguru Visvaradhya Janakalyana Pratisthana. It is recognised by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Deemed University), New Delhi. This Sodha Pratisthanam has the proud distinction of publishing more than 50 original Sanskrit books with authoritative introductions, translations and exhaustive notes in Hindi, English, Telugu, Marathi and Kannada. At present, this great and grand project of publishing Sri Siddhantaskhamani Parayana text, has raised waves of delight in my heart and as such I feel highly elated by the gracious direction of His Holiness Dr. Chandrashekhar Shivacharya Mahaswamiji, the Holy Jagadguru of Varanasi Jnanasirnhasana, Jangamawadi Math, Varanasi, to write a FOREWORD to this English version of the Parayana text, i.e., Sanskrit text with English translation, which is already published with Kannada, Telugu, Marathi and Hindi translations separately.

Sri Siddhantasikhdmani is the foremost authority on the religion and philosophy of Virasaivism, which is one of the living faiths of Hinduism. The primitive traits of Virasaivism in the Vedic Samhitas and the Upanisads and concrete features given to it in the latter parts (uttarabhaga) of the Saivagamas, find a complete and comprehensive exposition in Sri Siddhantasikhamani for the first time in the history of Virasaivism, It is a compendium divided into 21 chapters called "Paricchedas". After the four priliminary chapters, the teaching of one hundred and one (101) sthalas starts with the 5th chapter and ends with 20th chapter, the last chapter being devoted to some concluding matters. The doctrine of sthalas is the central teaching of the text. This doctrine developed in the form of a dialogue between Sri Renuka, 0 of the five holy Acaryas (Pancacaryas) of yore who found Virasaivism, and Agastya, the pitcher born (kumbhodbhava) sage of Pancavati, like the Bhagavadgita which is a dialog between Lord Krsna, an incarnation of Visnu, and Arjuna, one of the Pandavas. Just as Vyasa summarised the doctrine of 101 Bhagavadgita, so did Sivayogi Sivacarya summarise the doctrine of 101 sthalas in Sri Siddhantasikhamani.

Contents of Sri Siddhantasikhamani

In the first chapter, the author gives an account of heritage after a preliminary Mangalacarana dedicated to Siva and Sakti and an information connected with the sources of his text. The second chapter describes Siva's creation as a model to Brahman's creation and departs the greatness of SrI Renu and Sri Daruka, the two lords of Sivaganas, in the service Siva. The third chapter gives an account of the sabha of Si and describes the circumstances that led to the descent of Sri Renuka on the earth with a mission to establish Virasaivisrn the earth. The fourth chapter gives an account of Sri Renuka’s emergence from the Somesvaralinga at Kollipaki and his march towards the hermitage of Agastya in the Mala mountain. The sixteen chapters from the 5th chapter to the 20th chapter are devoted to the exposition of 101 sthalas, of which the 44 Angasthalas pertaining to Anga (i.e., Jiva) come in the ten chapters from the 5th chapter to 14th chapter and the Lingasthalas pertaining to Linga (i.e., Siva) come in the' chapters from the 15th chapter to 20th chapter. The twenty first chapter is devoted to the description of installation of 3 crores of Lingas at Lanka to fulfil the last wish of Ravana, on 1 request of Vibhisana, Ravana's surviving brother and 1 merging of SrI Renuka in Sornesvara Linga at Kollipaki.

Content

 

  Blessings vii
  Foreword xiv
  Parayana vidhi xxviii
  Nyasa xxxi
  Dhyana xxxiv
  Mahatmya xxxvi
  Phalasrtih xxxviii
Chapter 1 Mangakacarananukramaprasangah 1
Chapter 2 Renukadarukavataranam 10
Chapter 3 Kailasavarnanam Renukavatarankaranam ca 19
Chapter 4 Renukagastyadarsanaprasangah 39
Chapter 5 Bhaktasthale Pindapindajnana- sansaraheyasthalaprasangah 52
Chapter 6 Gurukarunyalingadharanaprasangah 72
Chapter 7 Vibhutirudraksadharanaprasangah 88
Chapter 8 Pancaksarijapaprasangah 105
Chapter 9 Bhaktamargakriya- ubhaya- trividhasanpatti- caturvidhasaraya- danatrayasthalaprasangah 118
Chapter 10 Mahesvarasya navavidhasthalaprasangah 142
Chapter 11 Prasadinah Saptavidhasthasthalprasangah 163
Chapter 12 Pranalinginah Pancavidhasthalaprasangah 183
Chapter 13 Saranasya Caturvidhasthalaprasangah 196
Chapter 14 Aikyasya Caturvidhasthalaprasangah 206
Chapter 15 Lingasthalantargatabhaktasthale- Navavidhalingasthalaprasangah 218
Chapter 16 Lingasthalantargatamahesvarasthale- Navavidhalingasthalaprasangah 237
Chapter 17 Lingasthalantargatargataprasadisthale- navavidhalingasthalaprasangah 259
Chapter 18 Lingasthalantargatargatapranalingisthale- navavidhalingasthalaprasangah 281
Chapter 19 Lingasthalantargatargatapranalingisthale- dvadasalingasthalaprasangah 301
Chapter 20 Lingasthalantargataikyasthale- navavidhalingasthalaprasangah 326
Chapter 21 Vibhisanabhaistapradanam 348
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