Episode 332: 041 of 108 Names of Lord Shiva : Bhasmoddhulita - Vigrahaha - Who is covered with Ash

CHINMAYA SHIVAM

Nov 24 2020 • 15 mins

Bhasma means vibhooti - holy ash. Udhoolita means smeared with and vigraha means the form. Lord Shiva is one who smears Bhasma on His body. Glory of Bhasma is mentioned in various scriptures as follows: 
पापानां रोगाणां मायापाशस्यच भर्त्सनात् भस्म
pāpānāṃ rōgāṇāṃ māyāpāṡasyaca bhartsanāt bhasma Because it drives away from us sin , diseases and the bondage of ignorance it is called bhasma.
पापं नाशयते कृत्स्नं अपि जन्मशतार्जितं - जाबालोपनिशद्
pāpaṃ nāṡayatē kṛtsnaṃ api janmaṡatārjitaṃ - jābālōpaniṡad It completely destroys all the sins which have been earned in hundreds of births .

रक्षार्थं मङ्गलार्थं च पवित्रार्थं च भामिनि
लाञ्चनार्थं च भक्तानां भस्म दत्तं पुरा मया - अनुशाशनिके पर्वणि महाभारते rakṣārthaṃ maṅgalārthaṃ ca pavitrārthaṃ ca bhāmini lāñcanārthaṃ ca bhaktānāṃ bhasma dattaṃ purā mayā - anuṡāṡanikē parvaṇi mahābhāratē For the purpose of protection , auspiciousness , purification and as a symbol of myself , I once gave vibhuti bhasma ( holy ash ) to my devotees.

भासनात् भासितं प्रोक्तं भस्म पापस्य भर्त्सनात्
भूतिर् भूतिकरी पुंसां रक्षा रक्षाकरी पुन :
bhāsanāt bhāsitaṃ prōktaṃ bhasma pāpasya bhartsanāt
bhūtir bhūtikarī puṃsāṃ rakṣā rakṣākarī puna :

It is called bhasita for it illuminates us , brightens us . It is called bhasma for it threatens and drives away sins . It is known as bhooti for it creates wealth and known as raksha for it gives us protection .
उद्धूलनं त्रिपुण्ड्रं च मायापाशनिवृत्तये
आचरन्ति मुनिश्रेष्ठा अथर्वशिरसि स्थितं - ब्रम्होत्तरखण्डे uddhūlanaṃ tripuṇḍraṃ ca māyāpāṡanivṛttayē
ācaranti muniṡrēṣṭhā atharvaṡirasi sthitaṃ - bramhōttarakhaṇḍē
To free themselves from the bondage of Maayaa , the great sages apply ash as tripundra ( three lines in forehead and other eleven parts and apply it all over the body as bhasma snaana ( bath with holy ash ) following the methods instructed through atharvasheershopanishad .

भस्म ज्ञानजनकं
bhasma jñānajanakaṃ
Bhasma creates true wisdom.

बहुनोक्तेन किं भस्मधारणं मोक्षसाधनं
भस्मना नित्ययुक्तस्य ज्ञानमुत्पद्यतेऽचिरात्
bahunōktēna kiṃ bhasmadhāraṇaṃ mōkṣasādhanaṃ
bhasmanā nityayuktasya jñānamutpadyatē'cirāt
The above verses declare that applying holy ash will increase wisdom and leads us in the path of liberation .

महाभस्म महादेवो महामायावभासक :
mahābhasma mahādēvō mahāmāyāvabhāsaka :

The great ash is none other than the greatest of the lords Mahādeva - Shiva . He is the one who illuminates māyā.

Applying Bhasma is a symbol of detachment and dropping of body-identification.

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