This mantra pays homage to the five fundamental forms of Śiva.1 Yogeshwara: The process of Yoga is to reach beyond the restraints of physical manifestation and touch what boundless. Bhuteshwara: The pancha bhutas, literally “five elements”, account for all of creation. One who has mastered these five elements determines the destiny of his life in the physical realm. Kaleswaraya: Kala means “time” and “darkness”. The physical is bound to light and light to time. Therefore, time lies beyond the scope of the physical and must be mastered separately. Sarveshwara: Shiva means “that which is not.” It is the basis of everything. Even modern science recognizes that the universe is about 68% dark energy and roughly 27% dark matter, meaning anything we can ever hope to see accounts for less than 5%.2 Shambho: The gentle form of Shiva. With Shiva’s grace may we be granted a key. Maha means “great” and deva means “deity” or “god”.
योग योग योगेश्वराय भूत भूत भूतेश्वराय काल काल कालेश्वराय शिव शिव सर्वेश्वराय शंभो शंभो महादेवाय
Yoga Yoga Yogeshwaraya Bhuta Bhuta Bhuteshwaraya Kala Kala Kaleshwaraya Shiva Shiva Sarveshwaraya Shambho Shambho Mahadevaya