Shiva’s Damaru and Sanskrit Maahesversutra

Shiva  played on His Damaru (drum) fourteen times from which emerged the following fourteen Sutras popularly  known as “Shiva Sutra” or “Maaheswar Sutra”.

Nruttavasaane Nataraajo Nannaad Dhakkam Navapgnchavaaram  / 
            Udhhartukaamo Sanakaadisiddhaadinetadvimrarshe Shivasutra Jaalam // 

14 Sounds of Lord Shiva’s Damaru  (Original fonts are in Devanagari script. You will find those in w/sight listed at the end of this article. )
(1) A i u n ( a- i -u – ½ an )…………………
(2) r –  l – k  ( hru- lru- k(1/2)…………
(3) e – o-  ng …….. ……………. …….
(4) Ai- ou-  ch (1/2)………………….
(5) Ha – ya- va – ra – t.(1/2) …………….
(6) La – n ( an-1/2 )  ……………………..
(7) Yan- ma- nga- an- na – m(1/2)………..
(8) Jha(za)- bha- yan ………………….
(9) Gha-  dha-  Dha-  sh (1/2) …………..
(10) Ja – ba- ga- da- Da- Sh (1/2) ………
(11)  Kha – pha- chha- tha- Tha- cha- ta- Ta- v (1/2)  ……………..
(12) Ka-  pa – ya (1/2)  ……………………
(13) Sha- sha- Sa – r (1/2) ……………….
(14) Ha – la (1/2) …………………………

In the left hand He holds the Damaru that represents the primeval syllable, Aum\and other 14 Sutras called Maaheswar Sutra. Lord Shiva projected a divine sound from his Damaru and created the Sanskrit language and its most precise grammar, which the Sages have intuitionally visualised and presented to the world. So Sanskrit and its grammar, have roots tracing back to a divine origin.
According to spiritual Katha the seven Rushis ( 4- Sanat kumars & Panini,
Patanjali & Katyana) went to Lord Shiva seeking the essence of language. The
Lord played his Damaru and from it came sounds that are known as the
“Maahesvarsutrani” These sounds were 14 Sutras that became the basis of
Sanskrit grammar as recorded by the sage Panini.

According to some views- 4 Sanatkumars /Rushis  received the sound as Brahma Vidya and other three visualised it as grammar formulas, while Patanjali took it also as Yoga Sutra.

Three primary individuals (Rushis) Panini,  Patanjali, and Katyayanahave shaped Sanskrit grammar, as is known today. It was Panini who first set out the 3959 rules of grammar in the “Astadhyayi”. This is the foundation text of Sanskrit grammar. Within the tradition they are known as “Aksarasamamnaya”/ recitation of phonemes.

This work was later expanded by a grammarian by the name “ Katyayana” in a body of work  known as the “Vartikas”. The Vartikas describes areas of Sanskrit grammar not previously explained and commented on in Panini’s work.

The sage Patanjali wrote the Mahabhashya, a commentary on both works by Panini and Katyayana. It is interesting to know that “Mahabhashya” of Patanjali is the largest volume of text in Sanskrit literature.

Sage Panini has codified the procedures of formation of Sanskrit words. This is still
in use now. It is most perfect grammar in every aspect. It is striking, that its
precise structure resembles a modern computer program. Scientists find in
this grammar, interesting models of procedures for the generation of language.

(from wikipedia Birch_bark_from Kashmir)

It is difficult to judge his time and location of Panini. It may be at around 500 BC.  His
Ashram was in recent Punjab-Pakistan. It was around north of Attok city and
west of Islamabad.

The Sanskrit language is  both very flexible and very precise. Sanskrit
itself means “preciously created”, cultured, or language of civilized and noble
people.  Scripters describe it as “Dev Bhasha”.  It is interesting to know that one may not find any abusive/dirty words in Sanskrit. .

Some Important Notes in Sanskrit Literature. (word, sound and effect)

All the words of Sanskrit have originated from verbs. This type of grammatical structure is perhaps not found in any other language. The verb in turn has a foundation called dhatu, meaning “root of creativity,” So, precisely pronounced words are creative, which makes them dynamic and consequently very effective in bringing a result. Those who hear or study and know the meaning very well of Slokas, Mantras, and Vakyas (sentences), should experienced its direct targeted purpose and effect of this divine language (Bhasha= means who show light on..) in their heart, mind and finally in consciousness. Any interpretation in other languages would not be precise and fully accurate.

In Sanskrit there are 51 fonts/alphabets [16 vowels from A  to  Ah + 35 consonants from Ka  to Ksha  ]. These are called “Varnas” and they are in fact  Mantras as well, as in Vak-Vidya or Mantra Vidya.
(Note:- To learn a language is to honour and appreciate Vidya Devi/ Vidya Shakti. The link is here as 51 Varnas in Sanskrit are symbols of 51 Shakti Pithas of Devi are in Bharat/India. So Varnas /alphabets are forms of Devi.)

Those who learn and study the Sanskrit, knowingly or unknowingly, are fortunate. It’s Varnas/alphabets are Mantras in a way, because all these are derived from divine Damaru of Lord Shiva.
According to Vedic principle of “space and sound”, space is called Akash in Sanskrit. From grammatical root (Dhatu) that emerged as a word, it means ‘that which gives room for everything to exist (-akaash dhatru akaash).  In modern age of computer we can recover such voice from “cloud”/sky. Only require proper receptors. So, even the divine sound of Lord Shiva’s Damaru and its 14 Sutras still exist- it does not extinct.

It is interesting to note, Lord Shiva had projected the Divine Sound of Damaru at TIME divine that out of our reach to understand., and the very sound that consist of  all knowledge still do exist in the space. According to Sages all Vedic Mantras and so on are been kept in the Space. Those can be recovered by Gyanis & Yogis.

The seven Rushis  existed in their different era of time-space. Within this principle, Veda Mantras with its sound, projected through enlightened Rushis still work to qualified receptor.  It echoes, vibrates and works within its innermost divine principle. Lord Shiva is called “Vidyadhara Shankar”-posser of all Vidyas/Knowledge. He still grants pure and precious knowledge in the field of languages, philosophy, science, medicine, astronomy, … etc. to genius, eligible and hard working Sadhakas and researchers in any part of the world from with-in and with-out. Therefore we are witnessing the result of vast knowledge in all fields/subjects even in this modern world.

Venilal Khatri



(Note:- Most of the information above is gathered from various reliable sources.)

I am sending the above article of Maahesver Sutra as well 4 w/sights for listening the very auspicious sound. It does not matter one may not know the inner essential meaning, by even listening with full faith/SHRADDHA you are blessed by Lord Shiva for sure. Such chance is very rare. Please read first the article with interest for it has great importance.

I recommend the following w/sights for properly detailed fonts and pronunciation.

Maahesvarsutra   w/sights     —-





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