Dakshinamurthy



Average: 3.3 (44 votes)
Fast Facts
dakshinamurthy.gif
Other Names and Nicknames: 
Sadashiva, Jnana Dakshinamurti
Function: 
Guru
Traditions: 
Sanatana Dharma
Main Countries of Activity: 
Planet Earth
Date of Birth: 
N/A
Place of Birth: 
Kailash
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Unknown
Date Left His/Her Body: 
N/A
Descendant Gurus: 

Biography

Dakshinamurthy or Jnana Dakshinamurti is an aspect of Shiva as a guru (teacher) of all type of knowledge, particularly the jnana. This aspect of Shiva is his personification as the supreme or the ultimate awareness, understanding and knowledge. This form represents Shiva in his aspect as a teacher of yoga, music, and wisdom, and giving exposition on the shastras. It is worshiped as the god of wisdom, complete and rewarding meditation.

Dakshinamurti literally means 'one who is facing south (dakṣiṇa)' in Sanskrit. South is the direction of Death, hence change. In every Siva temple the stone image of Dakshinamurthy is installed, facing south, on the southern circumambulatory path around the sanctum sanctorum. Perhaps, of all Hindu Gods, he is the only one sitting facing south.

The great sage Ramana Maharshi, has interpreted the name as "Dakshina-amurty", meaning one who is capable but without form.

Teachings

-- No teachings were entered yet for this guru. Please help by clicking the Edit tab and adding teachings, theories, points of view, techniques and other messages related to the guru. --

Pro Opinions

Dakshinamurti------ The Light of Lights

NIDHI PARKASH's picture

South-faced deity who is the aspect of Lord Shiva has been the embodiment of all knowledge.