Namah Shivaya Shantaya

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Namah Shivaya Shantaya
Namah Shivaya Shantaya 01 Cover.jpg
The third edition's front cover page of the book[1]
Author Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Language English
Subject Philosophy
Publisher Ananda Marga Publications
Publication date 1982-1th ed. and followings (IND)
Media type print
Pages 312 pp.
Location in Sarkarverse
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Namah Shivaya Shantaya or Namah Shiváya Shántáya ("Salutations to Shiva the Tranquil") is a book published for the first time on November 1982 in Kolkata, India and containing a collection of twenty discourses originally given in Bengali (in Kolkata, Patna and Kashi, India) by the philosopher and social reformer Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar[note 1] aka Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (1921–1990).[note 2]

Shiva's Teachings

"..Those who come in the flow of creation are vibrated by the vast Cosmic Mind to move along their path. Emerging from the seed of creation, and merging in the limitlessness of infinity – having made themselves significant for eternity – they depart. Their coming and going is not an absolute truth, nor does it lead to supreme fulfilment. They are footballs in the eternal game of Parama Puruśa, and their immeasurable value lies in their being His playthings. Everything is coming from the world beyond the scope of knowledge, and everything is going back to the world beyond the scope of knowledge, and the transitory state of knowablity is the present. The past is beyond reach; only the present is within the scope of measurement by the time factor..."

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti´s "Shiva's Teachings" – 1 (Discourse 9) on Namah Shivaya Shantaya.[2]

The speeches were later translated and collected to form the current English version of the volume. The book, now composed of 312 pages and 23 chapters preceded by a publisher's note followed by the Shivagiiti ("Song of Shiva") is considered part of the spiritual scriptures of the movement Ananda Marga[note 3] founded by the author and ends with a glossary.


Through his speeches Shrii Shrii Anandamurti describes the figure Shiva that, according to the author, played a crucial role in propelling human society on a forward path in education, medicine, social code, music, dance, phonetics and intuitional science.

The text

As stated by the publisher on the book's preface:[3] "The first eight talks were given by the author in Kolkata as pravacans, or speeches (mostly at weekly intervals), in April and May, 1982. These eight were recorded on tape. The series (sometimes referred to by the author as a work of “Shivology”) then resumed in Patna in the form of dictations given throughout June and July. The concluding dictation was given in Kashi, adjoining Varanasi, on August 13. All the speeches and dictations were given in Bengali.

The first editions of Namah Shiváya Shántáya, both in Bengali and in English, came out in 1982.[note 4]

In his research dedicated at the Shrii Shrii Anandamurti's view on sound Onm[4] in different cultures, the researcher Chien Hui Liu mention this book when explaining the sound "aum" and its use in Vajrayánii Buddhism and the state of Turiiya or eternal bliss without any external expression.


  • Publisher's Note
  1. Shivagiiti (Song of Shiva)
  2. An Introduction to Shiva (Discourse 1)
  3. Shiva – Both Severe and Tender (Discourse 2)
  4. Shiva – the Focal Point of Everything (Discourse 3)
  5. The Pervasive Influence of Shiva (Discourse 4)
  6. Shiva Throughout the Ages (Discourse 5)
  7. All Bask in the Glory of Shiva – 1 (Discourse 6)
  8. All Bask in the Glory of Shiva – 2 (Discourse 7)
  9. All Bask In the Glory of Shiva – 3 (Discourse 8)
  10. Shiva's Teachings – 1 (Discourse 9)
  11. Shiva's Teachings – 1 (continued) (Discourse 10)
  12. Shiva's Teachings – 1 (continued) (Discourse 11)
  13. Shiva's Teachings - 2 (Discourse 11 (continued))
  14. Shiva's Teachings – 2 (continued) (Discourse 12)
  15. Shiva's Teachings – 2 (continued) (Discourse 13)
  16. Shiva's Teachings – 2 (continued) (Discourse 14)
  17. Shiva's Teachings – 2 (continued) (Discourse 15)
  18. Shiva's Teachings – 2 (continued) (Discourse 16)
  19. Shiva's Teachings – 2 (continued) (Discourse 17)
  20. Shiva in the Light of Philosophy (Discourse 17 (continued))
  21. Shiva in the Light of Philosophy (continued) (Discourse 18)
  22. Shiva in the Song of Shiva (Discourse 19)
  23. Shiva in the Dhyána Mantra (Discourse 20)
  24. Shiva in the Prańama Mantra (Discourse 20 (continued))
  • Glossary



  1. ^ Giani Zail Singh, seventh president of India has said about Sarkar: "Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar was one of the greatest modern philosophers of India. (Inayatullah, 2002).
  2. ^ Between 1955 and 1990 the author wrote in English, Bengali and Hindi. He wrote in the name "Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar" when treating sociology, economics, philology and various other subjects, and in the name ""Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti"" when focusing on spiritual topics. Many of his books he gave as dictations; others were compiled from his discourses, some of them in small pocket-books.
  3. ^ This is also stated by the mention of Namah Shivaya Shantaya in legal documents produced in some occasions by the Courts of different Countries when the spiritual movement Ananda Marga has appeared. See f.e. that quoted on the sources section and produced in USA on 2011 by the "District Court of Denver".
  4. ^ The English 2nd Edition, in 1985, was a reprint of the English 1st Edition. In 1993, Discourse 1 and parts of Discourses 2, 4 and 5-8 were re-translated, closely following the 1982 translation, by Ácárya Vijayánanda Avadhúta and Ácárya Acyutánanda Avadhúta, for the English book "Discourses on Tantra" Volume One. In a similar way, the present 3rd Edition closely follows the 1982 or, where applicable, the 1993 translation. (Discourse 15 appears just as in the 1982 translation, and Discourse 1 just as in the 1993 translation.)"