Can we call Lord Shiva as Baba
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Dear friends, I have always been wondering why some people call Lord Shiva as “Baba”.
They call Lord Kedarnath as Baba, Lord Vishwanath (Kashi / Varanasi / Banaras) etc. as Baba.
Now, let us know the origin, meaning etc. of the name or word Baba before moving forward.
Baba is an honorific term, of Persian origin, used in several West Asian countries.
Baba is also a title accorded to Alevi and Sunni religious leader and the head of certain Sufi orders, as in Baba Bulleh Shah, Rehman Baba, etc.
Baba means father in Arabic language. Baba can be a surname in a few cultures such as Japanese, Assyrian, Russian, etc.
It is also a nickname for father in a few languages. Also note that, in various Slavic languages “baba” means an old lady, just like as in diminutive variation babushka.
While, in Sanskrit or any other Indian languages, there is no mention of the word or name Baba.
But, we have adapted to the word Baba. We call father as Baba, a child as Baba, a Swamy as Baba, a Guru as Baba, etc.
Here very important point to be noted is that, there is no mention of Baba in Sanskrit or any of the other Indian languages.
Now, coming back to our main question, as a Sanatani, or a Vaidika (Vaidik) follower, “can we call Lord Shiva as Baba”.
There is no relation between Lord Shiva or Baba in any of the Hindu Shastras (Hindu divine books / granthas).
But, we Indians (Hindus) have adapted to this name by calling father as Baba, a child as Baba, a Guru as Baba, a Swamy as Baba and so on.
Hindu Shastras say that, we need to chant the name(s) of Lord Shiva as per the Hindu Shastras only.
We need to use the vaidika (vaidik) name(s) of Lord Shiva while doing pooja or while chanting his name(s) or in any time or in any situation.
We can’t create our own theory and start adapting to that (those) name(s) or word(s).
Lord Shiva has unlimited number of names as per Hindu divine books, that is, as per Vaidika (Vaidik) Dharma. Few of them are as given below.
Lord Shiva names as per Hindu Shastras (Sanskrit) are as given below:
Shiva / शिव / ಶಿವ / śiva
Shankara / शंकर / ಶಂಕರ / śaṅkara
Mahadeva / महादेव / ಮಹಾದೇವ / mahādēva
Andhakasura Hara / अंधकासुर हर / ಅಂಧಕಾಸುರ ಹರ / andhakāsura hara
Kamari / कामारि / ಕಾಮಾರಿ / kāmāri
Ashutosha / आशुतोष / ಅಶುತೋಷ / aśutōṣa
Nandi Vahana / नंदी वाहन / ನಂದಿ ವಾಹನ / nandi vāhana
Aghora / अघोर / ಅಘೋರ / aghōra
Chandrashekhara / चंद्रशेखर / ಚಂದ್ರಶೇಖರ / candraśēkhara
Somashekhara / सोमशेखर / ಸೋಮಶೇಖರ / sōmaśēkhara
Gangadhara / गंगाधर / ಗಂಗಾಧರ / gaṅgādhara
Damarugapani / डमरुगपाणि / ಡಮರುಗಪಾಣಿ / ḍamarugapāṇi
Gajasuramardhana / गजासुरमर्दन / ಗಜಾಸುರಮರ್ದನ / gajāsuramardana
Doorjati / दूर्जटि / ದೂರ್ಜಟಿ / dūrjaṭi
Gajacharmambaradhara / गजचर्माम्बरधर / ಗಜಚರ್ಮಾಮ್ಬರಧರ / gajacarmāmbaradhara
Kailashavasa / कैलाशवास / ಕೈಲಾಶವಾಸ / kailāśavāsa
Kritivasa / कृतिवास / ಕೃತ್ತಿವಾಸ / kr̥ttivāsa
Manoniyamaka / मनोनियामक / ಮನೋನಿಯಾಮಕ / manōniyāmaka
Maheshvara / महेश्वर / ಮಹೇಶ್ವರ / mahēśvara
Mrityunjaya / मृत्युंजय / ಮೃತ್ಯುಂಜಯ / mr̥tyun̄jaya
Nataraja / नटराज / ನಟರಾಜ / naṭarāja
Nagabharana / नागाभरण / ನಾಗಾಭರಣ / nāgābharaṇa
Nagabhushana / नागभूषण / ನಾಗಭೂಷಣ / nāgabhūṣaṇa
Neelakantha / नीलकंठ / ನೀಲಕಂಠ / nīlakaṇṭha
Parvatisha / पार्वतीश / ಪಾರ್ವತೀಶ / pārvatīśa
Pinaki / पिनाकि / ಪಿನಾಕಿ / pināki
Rudra / रुद्र / ರುದ್ರ / rudra
Sadyojata / सद्योजात / ಸದ್ಯೋಜಾತ / sadyōjāta
Sarangapani / सारंगपाणि / ಸಾರಂಗಪಾಣಿ / sāraṅgapāṇi
Shambhu / शंभु / ಶಂಭು / śambhu
Sharva / शर्व / ಶರ್ವ / śarva
Vamadeva / वामदेव / ವಾಮದೇವ / vāmadēva
Vamadeva / वामदेव / ವಾಮದೇವ / vāmadēva (Same two names, but two different meanings)
Virinchiputra / विरिंचिपुत्र / ವಿರಿಂಚಿಪುತ್ರ / virin̄ciputra
Vrishadhvaja / वृषध्वज / ವೃಷಧ್ವಜ / vr̥ṣadhvaja
Vishakantha / विषकंठ / ವಿಷಕಂಠ / viṣakaṇṭha
Trishulapani / त्रिशूलपाणि / ತ್ರಿಶೂಲಪಾಣಿ / triśūlapāṇi
Tripurari / त्रिपुरारि / ತ್ರಿಪುರಾರಿ / tripurāri
Trinetra / Trilochana / त्रिनेत्र / त्रिलोचन / ತ್ರಿನೇತ್ರ / ತ್ರೈಲೋಚನ / trinētra/ trailōcana
Ugra / उग्र / ಉಗ್ರ / ugra
Ugratapas / उग्रतपस / ಉಗ್ರತಪಸ್ / ugratapas
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All the above names have great and divine meanings. All these are vaidika (vaidik) names and are very clearly stated in one or more Hindu divine books.
Just think my dear friends, after your death, if you go to Kailash (Kailasha) and want to talk to Lord Shiva.
How will you call Bhagavan Shiva? Will you pray to Bhagavan Shiva, “Baba, I am very much blessed to see you in Kailash?” or,
Will you call him Shiva, Shankara, Mahadeva, Hara, Neelakantha, Pinaki, Shambhu, Mrityunjaya, Mahesh, etc.?
If you call Bhagavan Shiva as Baba, will Sri Parvati Devi like the name Baba? Will Lord Ganesha like the name Baba?
Will Lord Kartikeya like the name Baba? Will Nandi Maharaj like the name Baba? Will all the Ganas of Kailash like the name Baba?
And most importantly, will Lord Shiva will like the name Baba?
You may tell me, “on earth we can call Lord Shiva by any name. It is just like that we are calling Lord Shiva by using the name Baba, nothing will happen, what is wrong in it”.
Yes, you can call Lord Shiva by any name. But only Vaidika (Vaidik) names and not at all which is not at all available in Hindu Shastras (Hindu divine granthas).
Again I am repeating it. Baba name or word is not at all given in any of the Hindu Shastras (Hindu divine books) and thus it doesn’t becomes a Vaidika (Vaidik) name.
Everything else is left to you my dear friends. Because, Bhagavan Shiva likes the Hindu Shastras (Vaidika / Vaidik) names only.
In Kali Yuga don’t expect that Lord Shiva himself will come to you and instruct to you to use the Vaidika (Vaidik) name(s).
Also, don’t expect that any other Devata(s) (Demigods) will come to you and instruct to you not to use the name which is not given in Vaidika (Vaidik) Dharma.
We are not that much blessed in the Kali Yuga. Thus, at least we should follow the Hindu granthas (divine books) to know the correct information about Sanatana Dharma or Vaidika (Vaidik) Dharma.
But always remember that, Sanatana Dharma or Vaidika (Vaidik) Dharma never ever forces anyone to follow Sanatana Dharma or Vaidika (Vaidik) Dharma.
Whereas, if we follow Sanatana Dharma or Vaidika (Vaidik) Dharma, it is for our and our family’s better life.
Bhagavan Shiva likes only the Sanskrit names and not other name(s). THINK OVER IT…
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