Tips to Become True Devotee of Lord Shiva
Shiva has such qualities which can't possible to describe even in thousands of years.
Even all Vedas and Puranas can't explain glory and say "Neti Neti", means it is impossible to know them.
Name of Shiva is "Aashutosh" which means they are easily pleased. They are impressed even on demons who completely make themselves for God.
tips to make connection with Lord Shiva and become true devotee of them..
Make your mind divine and clean which always remember qualities of Shiva
Our mind is a most important part of true devotion.
Bhagwad Gita says about it in Adhyay 6, we can win everything if mind is in control. But it become enemy if uncontrolled.
If we think good and right things, it becomes easy to remember Shiva because God wants to stay in mind which is clean. So keep away from negative energy.
Surrender yourself completely to God Shiva
Any method of worship will give true effect only when we surrender ourselves to a creator of the universe. They will be pleased on you if you make every karma with them in mind. Be sure to do karma without any expectations as Bhagwad Gita teach.
Give donation to poor people
Make sure to donate some money to the poor person who not has shelter to live or food to eat because Shiva stays in every person. Even if you do not have more money to give, consider donating small amount.
Chant mantra Om Namah Shivaya 1008 times with concentration
Om Namah Shivaya is such mantra which can transform your life in a way which you never imagine.
Start from today...
You can chant 2000 times or 10 thousand times. Remember the glory of Mahadev while chanting. Chant it every day without missing.
In beginning, you can chant 108 times for first few days. After increase mantra japa, from 108 to 216, 216 to 540 and reach to 1008 times.
You will get incredible benefits.
Go to Shiva Temple
Visit temple every day. If it is far from your house, you can visit on Monday or one time in a week. You can visit in early morning or evening.
Our mind becomes stable when we go to spiritual place, temple. The atmosphere in temple help to concentrate Shiva.
Do 11 times or 108 times pradakshina in temple
Lord is Complete and form of the universe. They are at centre.
Listen to Bhajans whenever you have time
Chanting may difficult first time. But listening is easy and spiritual bhajans make our life filled with happiness.
So, Listen to various Shiva bhajans and make your life nearer to Mahadev.
Our goal of life should only "To connect with God"
Fast on Monday in each week
We need a break from eating one time in a week because our digestion system continuously work.
On Monday, do not eat anything which made from grain. You can take fruits and milk. If it is saavan month, do vrat of 16 somvar. In this vrat, Do Puja on the each Monday.
Read a story which explain reason behind 16 Somvar and result achieved from this vrat.
Recite panchakshari mantra or rudrashtakam on this whole day.
Listen Shiv Katha
Listen to Katha on TV or YouTube.
Some channel are in YouTube which record Katha, listen it..
Why Rudraksha are so much Good and have importance?
Because in Sanskrit it is:
Aksha - Eyes
Thus, the meaning is "eyes of Mahadev". One who wears Rudra, he is dear to God.
In Shiva Purana one chapter is about Rudraksha which explain types, benefits and rules of Rudraksha.
When you wear, don't do anything bad karma. Always try to think Lord Shiva and make yourself for them.
We should be physically and mentally clean. Means we should take bath for physical body. Our thoughts are also needed to be free from bad thoughts.
One name of Shiva is "Bholenath".
Means they like a person who is innocent. Always be generous, respectful, and behave well with all people.
God like a people who have such qualities.
Make it habit to remember Lord before and after dinner
God Shiva give us food.
Read Shiva Purana
Reading Shiv Purana has such effect by which you never need to know anything else because you get spiritual knowledge.
Vanil (Jagran) on Mahashivratri
One devotee who even not know anything about Shiva, get heaven by Jagran and fasting.
Chant Shiva Mantras 108 times
Choose one Mantra and recite it everyday...
Chant Shiv Sahasranama
One who chants Sahasranama daily, he never suffers even in a dream.
You will feel the presence of God within yourself and see them everywhere.
Make other devotees to your friend
Think about God Everytime in life
Make your every second dedicated to Lord, think about them every time. Don't waste any time, only things which require is true devotion.
One moment becomes such that you will see Lord Maheshwar in your dream because God want to give you darshana by your true Bhakti.
Make a Book of Mantra
Write Mantra like Om Namah Shivaya or Om Rudray Namah in the book. Write Panchakshari mantra 108 times.
Make a practice of writing. After completing the book, give it in the temple or put in River.
Build a temple or give donation in temple
Learn from great devotee who meet Shiva in ancient history
Many devotees like Nandi, Ravana and Parvati meet them. Learn from their Devotion, methods of their worship and penance of this devotee.
For example, Devi Parvati spends thousands years in penance to meet Shiva. She even not take water at last stage and Everytime she do Tapascharya. Lord Shiva take her exam by appearing in Brahmchari incarnation but she pass in all tests and she married with Shiva.
Same for Nandi. He do Tapascharya for long time with imagination of God in heart. He become one Ganas of Shiva.
Go away from all material things which distract from Devotion
Worship Lord Shiva with water, various flowers, and bilvapatra
Flowers are also dear to Shiva. We can give all flowers with exception of Ketki.
Because flowers help to keep environment divine, our mind become fresh. By giving various flowers, we stay happy and our wishes will fulfill.
Shiv Puran discussed different flowers and their benefits. Worship with it and see how you become more rich and happy. Blessings of God is always on you from which any enemies or dangers can't harm you. Your whole life filled with happiness and success.
Lord Shiva like a person who always speaks the truth.
Lord Brahma who lie one time are also punished by Shiva. Mahadev hates man who speak lie.
Make other people devotee
Say other people about God and glory of them. We have to make other people a devotee. Lord is pleased to us because more people know the truth about God and do bhakti of them.
Visit holy places and jyotirlinga
Remember 12 Jyotirling by Dwadash Jyotirling mantra
By chanting Dwadash Jyotirling stotram, we can mentally visit Jyotirling. So if it is not possible to visit physically, chant this stotram.
Fast on Savan Month
Start a somvar vrat which start from first Monday of Saavan. Follow rules on Puja. Visit temple each day in this month. As saavan month called a month of Shivpuja, do Puja during this month which provide everything we need.
Read Shiv Geeta to understand about God, life, and more knowledge
You will experience such feeling which is explainable to anyone.
Wake up in early morning and dive yourself into devotion
Remove ego from mind and make yourself true devotee
Ravana is great devotee who has Lanka in control. He falls from such position because of ego. So do all karma with thinking of God and think that God controls all things, we do only our duties.
Here are more tips
Do Kirtan and sing various song, bhajans
Do Rudra Abhishek Puja
Speak Shiva Katha to other people
Never ask for any material things from Mahadev
Make a Schedule for Devotion like at 6:00 AM speak sloka, at 8:00 AM go to Temple
Keep yourself away from negative thought
In Mobile or smartphone, download pictures of Rudra, listen to divine bhajan, download apps related to Shankar, Download books like Shiv Purana and other Shiva related books
Think welfare of everyone and do Good for each person
If you can't concentrate while meditation makes your eyes as half-open, means eyes are not close neither fully open but it is half-open. By this method, you find it easy to concentrate and get rid of negativity.
Keep faith in Shiva as they will protect you from problems and dangers.
For mental worship, use Shiva Manas Puja
Request forgiveness from Mahadev for any mistakes happen in prayer.