O Visnu, it is my form that is to be meditated upon for subduing all mishaps. Recite my thousand names for destroying the distress that troubles you.
There is no doubt that those who recite and teach this hymn will have no misery at all even in dreams (i. e. thousand names of Siva).
It yields (i. e. thousand names of Siva) learning and wealth. It is excellent meritorious and bestows all desired and devotion to Siva always.
Achievement is not far off if a person rising in the morning performs my worship and recites this in my presence everyday (thousand names of Siva)
O Visnu, in both the halves on every Monday, food shall be taken only during the night by the followers of Siva-cult.
Siva's worship shall always be performed in accompaniment with the mantras.
The devotee shall worship Lord Siva particularly with the leaves of Bilva tree.
If men have faith with me I can be brought under control, be touched, seen, worshipped and spoken to by some means or the other.
After applying the ashes he shall repeat the OM touching all the parts of the body.
(The devotee has to dust his body with ash, which is also called Bhasma).
Adoring as before he shall apply three parallel lines on the forehead repeating the mantra Tyayusa and the Tryambaka.
(Note: The three parallel lines of ash marks over the forehead are known as the Tripundraka. It is the essence of the Trinity: Brahma, Visnu and Rudra).
He shall apply the same (ash) on the chest with the Pranava and on the shoulders with 'OM Namah Sivaya".
He (the devotee) shall prostrate with eight parts of the body touching the ground. Endowed with great devotion he shall perform circumambulation again, make obeisance once more. (Note: during Siva worship).
My worship shall be known to be two-fold: external and internal.
My external worship is performed in the view of other per
sons. The same thing known and knowable to one self-alone is the internal worship.
O gentle one, the adorative service whether external or internal shall be attended with devotion. If devoid of devotion, it is the cause of deceit.
The mind that is devoted to me is the true mind and not any mind as it is.
The speech that pertains to my name is true speech and not anything else.
The body that is marked by the characteristics symbols as prescribed by me such as Tripundraka, and that is engaged in rendering service unto me is the true body - nothing else.
He who, leaving the Siva (God) who is inside worships that which is outside (namely worships external forms) is like one who throws away the sweetmeat in his hand and wanders away in search of food.
Hence, O blessed ones! The ashes constitute my virility. I hold my virility by my physical body. Ever since then, the ashes afford protection
Just as, O Parvati I am not achieved even if the other Gods are attained but if I am attained the other Gods too are attained.