[Advaita-l] Significance of Kilakam.

Venkata sriram P venkatasriramp at yahoo.in
Mon Nov 5 12:23:48 CST 2012

I want to know the significance of "Kilakam" used while chanting many slokas and sahasranamas(Vishnu Sahasranama etc).
The word *keelaka* originated from the dhAtu*keela bandhE*.   This the nail / hinge / pivot on whichrests an object.  For instance, for the door, the hinge plays a vital role either in opening or closing it.  Similarly, when the word *keelana* points towards a pada (tattva, to be precise), it impliesthat the sAdhaka or mantra upAsaka should tie up his mind or hold on to that concept withutmost concentration because it is the tattvapointed by the keelaka shabda which opensthe gate of mantra rahasya.  
The word *beeja* is the seed or source which denotes the origin of the mantra and goads the upAsaka to dissolve hismind into that.
The word *shakti* is the power of anugrahaor sankalpa shakti which is encapsuledin the mantra.
If we take the example of shiva panchAkSarimahAmantra, *Om* is the beeja which denotesthe source of the mantra; *namaH* denotesthe shakti of the mantra and *shivAya* is thekeelaka of the mantra to which the upAsakahas to hook on his mind which is quite obviousie., the shiva tattva which plays the pivotalrole in the panchAkshari mantra.
And also important aspect I want to know is, do we need to chant Phala Shruthi as a part of Nitya Parayana.
Chanting of phala-shruti is a good practice howevernot mandatory as a part of nitya pArAyaNa.  
Ishwara knows what is good and what is not for us.

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