Subrahmanya-bhakti, or devotion towards Lord Muruga (Subrahmanya or Skanda Kumara), is an ancient spiritual path that has continually developed new expressions from remote Sangam times up to the present day. Its popularity continues to grow not only among Tamil speaking people but also among seekers of truth from all over the world. Indeed, in these times of rampant materialism and cynicism towards ancient religious traditions, the need has never been greater for a genuine unbiased appreciation of Subrahmanya-bhakti in principle and in practice.
Subrahmanya is according to the Tradition an embodiment of perfection, a brave leader of God's forces, and a war God, who was created to destroy the demons, representing the negative tendencies in human beings. He is called Yuddharanga or the wisdom of war too.
Kartikeya's other name, Shadanana, which means 'one with six heads' corresponds to the five senses and the mind. The six heads also stand for his virtues which enables him to see in all the directions - an important attribute that ensures that the devotee who has the full grace of Subrahmanya can counter any kind blow that can hit him. The war imagery and the six heads of Kartikeya indicates that if humans wish to lead themselves efficiently through the battle of life, they must always be alert lest they are shown the wrong path by crafty people with the six demonic vices: kama (sex), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha (passion), rnada (ego) and matsarya (jealousy).
Kartikeya carries in one hand a spear and his other hand is always blessing devotees. His vehicle is a peacock called Paravani, a pious bird that grips with its feet a serpent, which symbolizes the ego and desires of people. The peacock represents the destroyer of harmful habits and the conqueror of sensual desires.
The symbolism of Kartikeya thus points to the ways and means of reaching perfection in life.
We are told that Tejas burst forth from the Ajnya Chakra of Lord Shiva, which assumed the form of Lord Skanda. Thus He is the embodiment of Knowledge, Jnyana Jyoti. A very significant fact is there that ultimately He was taken out of six lotuses by Goddess Parvati from the Sharavanappoigai, the lake where reeds were growing. We know that the supreme spiritual experience or the Aparoksha Anubhuti is attained, in Yogic parlance, through Shat-Chakra-Bheda or by piercing the six plexus. It is the emerging out of the six lower lotuses that finds the Jiva ultimately in a state of perfect (Purna) Yoga or Wisdom in the Sahasrara Chakra. Thus, in Skanda we have the ultimate product of an emergence out of the six lotuses or Shat-Chakras and this we know to be Supreme Wisdom. Therefore, Lord Skanda is a mass of ultimate transcendental Supreme Knowledge that has to destroy nescience, Ajnyana or darkness, represented upon the plane of manifest cosmos in the form of the Asuric hosts.
GIRl is very happy to present to the world of Devotees this unique book on Subrahmanya upasana which has the been divided into three sections- Puja, Stotra and Homa khandas. The Puja Khanda has the procedure for performing the regular puja as well as the Subrahmanya Avarana Puja. This also has the Sahasranamas and Ashtottaras for each of the six faces of Lord, along with the most powerful Shatru Samhara Trishati and Shaktyayudharchana (exclusive archana for the Vel or Shaktvayudha) mantras.
The Stotra Khanda is a treasure trove of the important verses in praise of Lord Subrahmanya, such as Subrahmanya Bhujanga, Ashtaka, Jayaskanda Stotra etc.
The Homa Khanda includes the procedure of Shatru Samhara Trishati homa, which is the most potent form to destroy the obstructions one faces in life.
We pray to Lord Shivasubrahmanya to shower His choisest blessing to all the devotees who seek his benign grace through these verses.
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