Yoga Progress

योगगतिवर्णनं नाम सप्तत्रिंशोऽध्यायः
Yoga progress description Chapter 37

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

यमश्च नियमश्चैव स्वस्तिकाद्यं तथासनम् || 14 ||
प्राणायामः प्रत्याहारो धारणा ध्यानमेव च |
समाधिरिति योगांगान्यष्टावुक्तानि सूरिभिः || 15 ||
Yama and Niyama, then Swastikasana, etc. asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, just Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi – these are said to be the eight limbs of Yoga by the wise.

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Pranava

हरिविधिमोहनिवारणं नाम पंचत्रिंशोऽध्यायः
Removal of the illusion/confusion of Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma – Chapter 35

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

शिवो हि प्रणवो ह्येष प्रणवो हि शिवः स्मृतः || 43 ||
Lord Shiva himself is the Pranava (the primordial sound Om); this Pranava itself is called Lord Shiva.

Shloka 28 of Chapter 48 of Parvati block of Rudra Samhita says just the same thing in slightly different words.

शिवो नादमयः सत्यं नादः शिवमयस्तथा |
उभयोरन्तरं नास्ति नादस्य च शिवस्य च || 28 ||

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Shiva Mahastotra Description

शिवमहास्तोत्रवर्णनं नामैकत्रिंशोऽध्यायः
Shiva Mahastotra description Chapter 31

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

नंदा सुनंदा सुरभिः सुशीला सुमनास्तथा |
पंचगोमातरस्त्वेताश्शिवलोके व्यवस्थिताः || 144 ||
Nandaa, Sunandaa, Surabhi, Sushilaa and Sumanaa – these five cow mothers are situated in Shivaloka.

This is the longest chapter in Shiva Purana, consisting of 189 shlokas.

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Worship of Lord Shiva

सांगोपांगपूजाविधानवर्णनं नाम षड्विंशोऽध्यायः
Bodily worship performing description Chapter 26

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

न शिवार्चनतुल्योऽस्ति धर्मोऽन्यो भुवनत्रये | 23
In the three worlds there is no other Dharma as good as worship of Lord Shiva.

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Performing Bodily Worship

सांगोपांगपूजाविधानवर्णनं नाम षड्विंशोऽध्यायः
Bodily worship performing description Chapter 26

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

भक्त्या पंचाक्षरेणैव यः शिवं सकृदर्चयेत् |
सोऽपि गच्छेच्छिवस्थानं शिवमन्त्रस्य गौरवात् || 6 ||
One who worships Lord Shiva with the five-lettered (mantra) with devotion, he too attains the place of Lord Shiva because of the weight/importance of the Shiva mantra.

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Performing Bodily Worship

सांगोपांगपूजाविधानवर्णनं नाम षड्विंशोऽध्यायः
Bodily worship performing description Chapter 26

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

कृत्वापि सुमहत्पापं भक्त्या पंचाक्षरेण तु |
पूजयेद्यदि देवेशं तस्मात्पापात्प्रमुच्यते || 4 ||
Even after committing a grave sin, if (one) worships the God of the Devas with devotion by the five-lettered mantra, (he) is released from that sin.

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Guru’s importance

गुरुमाहात्म्यं नाम पञ्चदशोऽध्यायः
Guru’s importance Chapter 15

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

यथेह वह्निसंपर्कान्मलं त्यजति काञ्चनम् || 26 ||
तथैव गुरुसंपर्कात्पापं त्यजति मानवः |
यथा वह्निसमीपस्थो घृतकुम्भो विलीयते || 27 ||
Just as gold gives up dirt on contact with fire in this world, very similarly a human gives up sin on contact with a Guru. Just as a pot of ghee melts away (disappears) when (placed) near fire (similarly do the sins slowly melt away or disappear in vicinity of a Guru).

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