Siddhanta Shikhamani

Siddhantha Shikhamani is a religious scripture of Panchacharyas, Veerashaivas, regarded as Dharmagrantha (Bible) of Veerashaivism/Lingayatism.
Siddhantha Shikhamani was written by Shri Jagadguru Renukacharya in around 6th century in Sanskrit language.
It has been translated to Kannada language by His holiness 1008 Jagaduru Shri Dr. Chandrashekhar Shivacharya Mahaswamiji of Jangamawadi math of Varanasi very recently.
It contains the preachings of Jagaduru Renukacharya.

Veerasaiva philosophy as envisaged in the Siddhantha Shikhamani
Although it is very difficult to condense the great wisdom contained in ‘Siddhantha Shikhamani' in a few pages, a humble and sincere effort has been made to bring in the broad perspective, and not the in-depth understanding, of various principles and philosophies of life.
The sacred book begins with first sloka, with a prayer to Lord Shiva as:

"Trailokya Sampadaalekhya Samullekhana Bhittaye,
Sacchidananda roopaay Shivaay Brahmane Namah.”


The word to word meaning of this sloka can be translated under:
Trailokya = 3 worlds, Sampadaalekhya = the mega picture, Sumullekhana = for writing or painting, Bhittaye = the supporting wall or media, Sacchidaanand roopaay = representation of ‘Sat’, ‘Chit’ & ‘Anand’ (truth, wisdom & bliss), Brahmane = universally present, Shivaay = to lord Shiva, Namah = I bow with respect & reverence.

The actual meaning contained in this Sloka explains that there are 3 worlds (earth, heaven & hell) in this universe, as per vedic scriptures. The objects present in these 3 worlds are like paintings of God. As the canvass is required for painting, so the Lord Shiva has been responsible for creating these 3 worlds (compare them to canvass) and he is universally present through truth, wisdom and bliss to create the objects in universe (analogy for paintings). To such a supreme lord, I bow with respect and reverence.

When interpreted and understood in true perspective, it vividly explains the supreme nature of Lord Shiva – the originator of Veerashaiva Philosophy, who later takes the form of Panchacharyas (which has already been explained in Chapter 2 of this book).

Similarly, each Sloka has vast knowledge and great wisdom in it. Due to shortage of space, few important and relevant slokas are directly translated and the essence is explained in following paragraphs. The references to original chapters, slokas & serial numbers are depicted as Ch., and Sl, SN, respectively, in parentheses.

For example, Ch. 3, Sl. 71, SN. 139 refers to 71 st Sloka in 3rd Chapter or 139th Sloka in the book. Shakti/Goddess Parvathi:
As per vedic experts, Goddess Parvathi is representation of shakthi (eternal power), who is responsible for creation of these 3 worlds. She is also the companion of Lord Shiva. I bow to such divine Goddess (Ch.1, Sl. 8, SN.8).

Veerashiva also speaks of equality principle between Shiva-Shakti, Male-Female, Good-evil etc., which is depicted in following slokas.
“Shiva – Shakti Samutppanne Prapanche” “Samast loka nirmana samavay swaroopine”

Birth of Sacred Book’s author:
Siddanath Shivacharya is like supreme master to all Veerashaiva Shivacharyas. To such a sacred master, a son called Shivayogi Shivacharya is born, like the moon arises from ocean (Ch.1, Sl. 20, SN. 20) Lord Shiva's permission for incarnation of Shree Jagadguru Renukacharya:
Hello Renuka, you sprang from Someshwar Linga and advocate Veerashaiva Philosophy -which is equivalent to Vedas, all knowledge of Upanishads and Agamas – to all the human beings of earth (Ch. 3, Sl. 71, SN. 139).
Emergence of Shri Jagadguru Renukacharya from Someshwara Linga at Kolipaki:
After taking Blessings from Lord Shiva, Shree Renukacharya sprang from Someshwarlinga situated in holy place of Kollipaki in Andhra Pradesh (Ch 4, Sl. 1, SN. 142)
The people were pleasantly surprised and were in supreme bliss to see the emergence of powerful Shree Renukacharya (Ch. 4, Sl. 2, SN. 143)

Veerashaiva Philosophy to Sage Agasthya:
Sage Agasthya makes earnest request to Shree Renukacharya. After listening his request, Shree Renukacharya Prays Lord Shiva with calm/serene mind for a moment and starts preaching (Ch. 5, Sl. 1, SN. 196).

Shree Renukacharya addresses Sage Agasthya that you are the master of all Agamas (Vedic Scriptures) and one among the enlightened sages. I will preach you the 'Siddantha' philosophy which will provide supreme knowledge of Lord Shiva and you get ready to listen intently (Ch. 5, Sl. 2, SN. 197) About Lord Shiva – originator of Veerashaiva Philosophy:
Lord Shiva is universally present (omnipresent) and all powerful (omnipotent). He does not discriminate between living beings and exists without odd dimensions. He exists within and without this world (Ch. 5, Sl. 33, SN. 228).

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddhanta_Shikhamani

I will start posting more slokas revealed in the Dharm Granth shortly for readers benefit or understanding.

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Yogesh