Shambhu is modified word from Swayam bhu which means "Self Born" and is another name of Brahman or Purush from Upanishads. No other Deity is called Shambhu or has a Nirakaar form like Shiva Lingam. Does it mean, what I am thinking

From Isha Upanishad

That soul is the ultimate radiant, devoid of body, unmanifest, idle, pure, good-natured-natureless, all-knowing, omniscient, excellent and self-born(Swayam bhu). He has been creating and distributing all the meanings since time immemorial

वह आत्मा परम तेजोमय, शरीरों से रहित, अक्षत, स्नायु से रहित, शुद्ध, शुभाशुभकर्म-सम्पर्कशून्य, सर्वद्रष्टा, सर्वज्ञ, सर्वोत्कृष्ट और स्वयंभू है । वही अनादि काल से सब अर्थों की रचना और विभाग करता आया है

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    Are you asking the meaning of the word Shambhu or answering the question meaning of Shambhu in the body? Also, use English Translations when you are wrioting non English language. This is an English Language site. Commented Oct 14, 2018 at 19:04
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    I am your fellow user. I am asking clarification on what your question is. It is unclear at the moment. If you clarify, it would be easy to answer. Mods are probably busy now. But any member in the community can ask clarifications. Commented Oct 14, 2018 at 19:32
  • dont worry, i will improve it soon, old member of here
    – user10298
    Commented Oct 14, 2018 at 19:33
  • Even Adi Shankaracharya coined the term Shivoham(I = Shiva) in parallel to "Aham Brahmasmi"(I = Brahman) from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad highest quote of self realization(Anubhava Vakya) from Upanishads. Nothing such exists in other texts
    – user10298
    Commented Oct 14, 2018 at 19:51
  • By, Does it mean, what I am thinking I think you mean Does shambhu come from "Swayam"+"bhu" and therefore also have the meaning of "self-born?". If this is the case, you should reword your question. As it stands it can easily be interpreted to mean shambhu comes from "Swayam"+"bhu." Does this imply what I think it does? without you explaining the implication you are thinking. If you mean the second scenario, you should also reword it to prevent misinterpretations. However, if you do mean the second case, then you'll need to re-rewrite it to explain what implication you have in mind. Commented Oct 15, 2018 at 19:10

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I don't find Shambhu (शंभु) taken as a short-form of Svayambhu (स्वयंभु). The Sanskrit word Shambhu is made up of Sham (शम्) + Bhu (भु).

Wilson Sanskrit-English Dictionary :

śambhu [Cologne record ID=37740] [Printed book page 831] śambhu m. (-mbhuḥ)
3 A Jina or Jaina sanctified teacher.
4 A Siddha, a demi-divine being.
5 A sage, a venerable man.
9 A kind of Asclepias.
E. śam auspicious particle, bhū to be, ḍu aff.

Refer the scanned book:

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भु [p= 759,1] [L=151209] mfn. (ifc.) = 2 भू, becoming being existing , produced (cf. अग्नि- , प्र-भु &c )

So, Sham (शम्) means auspicious , happiness, welfare
Bhu (भु) means to be or source i.e becoming being existence.
Hence, Sham (शम्) + Bhu (भु) = Shambhu (शंभु) means source of auspicious or causing happiness.

You may take a look at Wiktionary:

शंभु [śambhu], a. [शं-भू-डु] Causing happiness, granting prosperity.

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  • Bhu means earth or womb and not source. Shubh is auspicious and not Sham
    – user10298
    Commented Oct 15, 2018 at 5:23
  • Sham is derivative from Aham(which means I) or self. Give me reference from Sanskrit texts and not some American translation of a Malechha(Foreigner)
    – user10298
    Commented Oct 15, 2018 at 5:25
  • @Ravi I agree that Bhu means earth, however it may also have other meanings. I have provided answer according to what I find information from Sanskrit Dictionary. I may be wrong; can you provide the source for "Sham is derivative from Aham"?
    – Pandya
    Commented Oct 15, 2018 at 5:27
  • the sound Ham is always refered for self, Even today "We" is called "Ham/Hum" in Hindi and Devanagri. Aham is for singular i.e A+Ham(A means not) so Aham means "not We" or "One/I". Anything ending with Ham always refers to self so be "Sham" too
    – user10298
    Commented Oct 15, 2018 at 5:32
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    To add to Pandya's great answer, शंभु [śambhu], a. [शं-भू-डु] Causing happiness, granting prosperity. can be simplified to "beneficent," "benevolent," or "behoveful"/"behoving." Commented Oct 15, 2018 at 19:02

Shambhu means "from whom Sham (or peace) is born (Bhu)". That is "one who is the source of peace".

See the following Mantras from Taitiriya Samhita (Sri Rudram):

Namah shambhave cha mayobhave cha |

Salutation to the source of peace, and to the source of delight.

Namah shankaraya cha mayaskaraya cha |

Salutation to the one who creates peace (Sham) and to the creator of delight.

(Note- Shambhave means to Shambhu)

So, the word Shankara also comes from the root "Sham" meaning "peace".

(NOTE- Translations are according to the Vedic Scholar R.L.Kashyap from the Sri Aurobindo-Kapaly Shastry Institute of Vedic culture)

  • Shambhave and Shambhu are two different things, bhave is a bhaav or feeling, while bhu is used in sense of Noun like Bhumi, Bhur(earth), Bhuva(Space/Pitra loka) and Swarga(Heaven) . Bhu is a name which is Bh+U, explained already U(as in AUM) means produce. and Sha(means Auspicious Self), Together Shambhu interprets to (producer of Auspicious Self), a way of speaking Swayambhu
    – user10298
    Commented Oct 15, 2018 at 8:49
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    Its the same thing .... Vishnave=to Vishnu, Rahave/Ketave= To Rahu/Ketu... Because of U at the end the Vibhakti changes like that.. @Ravi So the Mantra is saying salutation to Shambhu. and Shambhu means from whom peace (Sham) is born.
    – Rickross
    Commented Oct 15, 2018 at 8:51
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    I hv studied a lil bit and what I m saying is correct it's u who need to study some of the basic things here.. @Ravi
    – Rickross
    Commented Oct 15, 2018 at 9:03
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    @Ravi I hv given references too .. Now if u don't even know these basic things that nothing can be done.. BTW I now recognize u... Ur previous Id was Ravi J or something
    – Rickross
    Commented Oct 15, 2018 at 9:06
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    Shambhu is not Shambhave --- everyone knows that .. mantra is namaha Shambhave.. i.e Namah (salutations) to Shambhu... and Shambhu is one who creates peace.. @Ravi
    – Rickross
    Commented Oct 15, 2018 at 9:11