Shiva has been the subject of countless texts, essays, scripts, granthas, and literary works. The only thing that is clear from reading all of these books and works of literature is that Shiva is endless and has no limits. As a result, there is a good amount of confusion. The Kailasha, for example, is another wonderful location that is beyond the comprehension of human science or understanding.
It is a proven fact that Mount Kailash, despite being shorter than Mount Everest, cannot be scaled. Except for the legendary, mythical, or spiritual Milarepa, no one has ever been able to reach the summit of Kailash. We’ve attempted to comprehend the true nature of Shiva in this blog and would like to take you through all of the different facets of the Shiva form that exists all around us. Let’s start our journey.
There are two primary meanings we have in mind when we use the name “Shiva.” The Hindu god Shiva is named after the concept of “that which is not.” In this sense, Shiva is a void. This idea that everything is created out of nothing and returns to nothing is being disproved by modern scientific research. Big, empty space is what we’re made of and what the universe is made of at its core.
The appearance of galaxies is a minor event, a sparse scattering. The rest is infinite emptiness or Shiva. Everything emerges from there, and everything eventually disappears back into it. Shiva is the one who creates everything and to whom everything returns. The terms “that which is not” and “Adiyogi” are used interchangeably by Shiva. Investigate the myths and legends that surround this pivotal character in Indian mystical thought.
Shiva is just A shadow
Thus, Shiva is not considered a being but rather a non-being. Instead of being associated with light, Shiva is often associated with the opposite—darkness. Because of the nature of the visual equipment they carry, humanity has only been able to go about praising light. Unless light is constantly present, nothing else is constant. Light is a finite phenomenon in the sense that all light sources, including light bulbs and the sun, will run out of juice at some point. No source of light can last forever.
As it occurs and eventually fades away, the likelihood of it happening again is always low. The likelihood of darkness persisting is significantly greater than that of light. There is no need to burn anything because it is everlasting. It’s totally dark out there. It is the only thing that can be said to be ubiquitous.
However, if I use the phrase “divine darkness,” people automatically assume that I believe in the existence of the devil. The belief that Shiva is a demon is also being spread in some parts of the West. If you look at it as a theory, though, it’s hard to think of a more complex way to explain how the universe began and grew. Without ever mentioning Shiva by name, I have been explaining this to experts from all around the world, and they have been left in awe, asking, “Is this so?” Is this something that was already on your radar? When?” In fact, we’ve been aware of this for centuries. Almost every Indian farmer is subconsciously aware of it. He discusses it despite being completely uninformed about the science involved.
Shiva The Adiyogi
When we speak about “Shiva,” we are also alluding to the yogi known as the Adiyogi, the first yogi, and the Guru known as the Adi Guru, the first Guru, who laid the groundwork for modern yoga. Yoga does not require you to stand on your head or hold your breath. Yoga is the knowledge and practice of the fundamental nature of how this existence is fashioned and how it might be developed to its fullest potential.
On the banks of Kanti Sarovar, a glacier lake a few kilometers above Kedarnath in the Himalayas, Adiyogi began a methodical explanation of this inner technology to his first seven students, today venerated as the Sapta Rishis. This is older than any faith system. Before individuals devised contentious ways of splitting mankind to the point where it appears virtually impossible to repair, the most powerful tools required to elevate human consciousness were realized and disseminated.
Shiva is Nothingness
So, Shiva could mean either “that which is not” or “Adiyogi,” since these two ideas are very similar. To be a yogi is to have experienced existence as oneself; thus, this yogi is identical to the non-being that is the foundation of existence. You must be that nothingness if you are to experience existence for even a fraction of a second. Ultimately, only emptiness itself can contain everything. You can’t cram everything into one container.
An ocean cannot be contained in a ship. In other words, the solar system won’t fit on this planet, but an ocean would. All of the galaxies’ planets and stars would fit within the solar system, but only a few. If you keep going in this direction, you’ll realize that, in the end, nothing is holding anything. “Yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word for “unity.” Those who have attained this oneness are known as yogis. which means that for a split second, he was nothing at all.
Shiva as “that which is not” and Shiva as a yogi are, in some ways, synonymous yet distinct facets of Shiva. We easily switch from this to that and back again because India has a dialectical culture. Suddenly, Shiva is the supreme god, and then he’s the one who invented yoga.
Shiva is in everything, everywhere. – Omnipotent
Shiva is a deity who, unfortunately, is most known outside of India at this time because of Indian calendar art. Due to the artists only having one face to work with, they have fashioned him as a blue-faced man with chubby cheeks. If you ask nicely, he might even place a flute in Krishna’s hands. If you address him as “Rama,” he’ll reach out his hand to bow. Shiva may only be summoned by placing a moon on his head.
Every time I look at one of these calendars, I vow to never sit for a painter again. Photos are fine; they show you as you really are. If you have the appearance of the devil, then you are the devil. So why does Shiva have fat cheeks for a yogi? The image of a trim Shiva would be OK, but showing him one with chubby cheeks is confusing.
Shiva is not considered a deity in the yogic tradition. He was a creature that inhabited the Himalayan region and roamed this continent. Because he is the foundation of yogic traditions, we can’t ignore how important he was to the growth of human awareness. A few thousand years ago, every possible way to approach and change the human mechanism into a final possibility was looked into. Its sophistication is astounding. Because this did not originate from a certain civilization or school of thought, it is useless to ask whether people were that smart at the time. This resulted from personal insight.
The events going on around him had nothing to do with this. It was merely a form of self-expression. In great detail, he provided a meaning and a potential action for each component of the human system. He expressed all that could be said in such lovely and wise ways that you cannot modify a single thing, not even now. You can only try to understand it for the rest of your life.
Shiva The Nataraja
In the past few years, the constructivist theory has gained traction as a scientific hypothesis with some promising potential. They argue that the underlying structure of anything, from an atom to a human to an elephant to the cosmos, is the same. Complexity alone can indicate a rise in sophistication.
In yoga, we have always held this to be true. The structures of the microcosm and the macrocosm are identical in principle. The yogic disciplines arose as a result of this. What we called anda, pinda, and brahmana are all aspects of the same thing; they are the ingredients that give rise to this life, to the individual, and to the cosmos. All of these events are occurring simultaneously. Since they are interchangeable, it’s easy to transport items between locations. Because of the similarities in anatomy, eating a carrot can transform you into a human.
Because everything in the universe appears to happen at random but is actually perfectly organized and synchronized, the closest parallel and description is a dance. The problem is that most people’s concept of organization is too abstract and contentious. Take a forest and a well-kept garden as an illustration. Maintaining a garden implies order. Without hierarchy, a forest is a chaotic place. But the garden would perish in three months if you ignored it. A forest, however, can survive without human intervention for millions of years. Which do you think is the best organization, then?
A statue of Nataraja, Shiva as the Lord of Dance, may be found in the Chidambaram temple. One of Shiva’s most important incarnations is Natasha, also known as Nataraja. I recently went to the world’s largest physics laboratory, CERN, in Switzerland, and noticed a statue of the Hindu god Nataraja at the entrance. This is because the scientists working there have determined that no other element of human culture comes close to representing the work they are doing at the moment.
Shiva the lingam
Shiva left Samsara because he didn’t think it was worth it to try to find happiness in this world. He did this by covering his body in ash, closing his eyes, and engaging in austerities.
Shiva’s tapas caused his body to become a pillar of fire, a flaming lingam that could have destroyed the world if it had been allowed to reach its full potential. The gods were at a loss for how to tame Shiva’s blazing wrath.
The goddess’s sacred womb, or yoni, materialized out of nowhere. It snagged the flaming lingam, retained its energy, and prevented the universe from collapsing.
Shiva is shown in many peaceful ways, such as when he and his wife Parvati are joined as one person, as the cosmic dancer Nataraja, as a naked ascetic, as a beggar, as the yogi Dhakshinamurthy, and as an androgynous union of Shiva and Parvati (Ardhanarisvara).
Ardhanari, Shiva’s androgynous form, is another of his many guises. Shiva is on the right side of the sculpture, while Parvati is on the left. The characteristics of each are divided into two equal halves.
The earrings that Shiva wears also seem to have both male and female qualities. He often wears one earring in the style of a man and the other in the style of a woman.
Shiva The trinity
In Saiva Siddhanta, Shiva is not seen as part of the Trinity. Instead, he is seen as something beyond it. Unlike Shiva, the form of Shiva known as Rudra is thought to be one of the three gods, along with Brahma and Vishnu.
Remember the story about how Brahma and Vishnu tried to figure out where the beginning and end of Shiva’s pillar of fire were? They were unsuccessful. In his devotion, he uses the Shiva-Ling, which is the symbol most closely linked to nothing.
His well-known Rudra form, with matted hair and a tiger’s skin, is subject to karma, just like Brahma and Vishnu. Even Rudra is not immune to the effects of karma in the cosmos.
In lessons, karma is described as a thick goo that sticks to you and makes it hard to move. Because even Rudra is not immune to the effects of karma, he is sometimes shown as having a body full of ash. However, when karma comes into contact with Rudra, it turns to ash.
Shiva, who doesn’t have a body and is, therefore, immune to karma, sends a part of himself called Rudra to mix with the universe (Shakti) so that he can take part in the process of making the universe.
Shiva The nameless
Shiva, the nameless cosmic god, takes the form of Rudra. Lord Shiva is often shown with a necklace or bracelet made of Rudraksha beads. These beads represent the rewards and immortal trophies he has earned by overcoming obstacles and demons. Shiva is the cosmic God of tantra (Vedic rituals) and yantra (cosmic talismans), which are Vedic symbols and invocations to make communion with the celestial.
When we talk about demons and evil, we’re really talking about our own worst traits: egotism, rage, hatred, fear, desire, lust, jealousy, envy, selfishness, obsessions, possessiveness, aggressive speech, avarice, and the use of harsh language. The word Rudraksha can be translated to mean “eye of Rudra,” “tear of Rudra,” “petal of Rudra,” or “boon of Rudra.” The ramifications of each are the same.
According to the Vedas, Shiva shed tears of delight when Mataji Paravatti uttered tremendously captivating verses in praise of Maa as he recounted the Bhagavatti Devi-Gita to her. The Rudraksha tree started from the first teardrop that fell to the ground after Mataji Paravattiji went back to her parents and fought demons. When Brahma was creating the human world 30.000 years ago, Shiva wept because he knew that human life would be full of miseries, tragedies, untimely deaths, diseases, and sorrows. Devotees, sages, saints, and people on the path to enlightenment wear Rudraksha seeds with Shiva lingams inside. To wear rudraksha beads is to attract dharma, sattva, and safety.
The Karmic Shiva
“Shiva” is the only God who exists outside of time and space and keeps people alive. Karma, Human:
Although God created the earth and humans, He did not create the ego or lower mind, which would act in opposition to the spirit of life and its consciousness. Aggression, anger, frustration, and fury all contributed to the development of the primitive mind and the ego. After desire and lust were made, jealousy and envy were made when the cosmic senses and sense organs were stimulated by karma. The material body, which is the sum of the physical bodies of the five elements, the gross lower mind, the ego, and the brain are all part of the gross physical level. They are all controlled by gross time.
The conscious, moral mind lies above this layer. Spiritual intuition, the unique soul’s spirit, and the divine soul’s spirituality all lie above this level. An immortal God’s soul is like the quietest spot in the universe, and it is possible for humans to evolve to this point. Humanity could go backward to a point where it is no longer really human. The term “VI-KARMA,” which means “bad karma,” describes this situation.
Vi-Karma was not made by God. Negative karma, also known as selfish karma or wicked karma, is the result of a combination of the ego and the lower mind. These have been linked to the demons of space, specifically the Kaals. Because of this, we can figure out that “Kaal” means “karma,” and that karma is what makes life and death happen over and over again.
God created the karmic map or karmic overview. The human race as a whole has used its intelligence to become more and more selfish. This selfishness has led to greed, lust, anger, lies, and tragic misery in the form of diseases, pollution, wars, violence, and fear. Humans are born with astrological birth charts, which can be thought of as karmic road maps.
However, human karma is far more accurate than birth charts. Mantras, yantras, rites, rituals, sacrifices, repentances, purification, and a complete sacrosanct transformation are all types of karma that can be considered “sat-karma” if they are done with the intention of erasing or dissolving a fault in the karma built up over many lifetimes (a good deed).
To intentionally damage or bring harm to another person is an act of “assault karma,” or wrongdoing. The laws of karma are more powerful, and their effects manifest more quickly.
Pain is an obvious sign of Vi-Karma, which can be translated as “adverse karma,” “negative karma,” “imbalance,” “the cosmic divinity being disturbed,” “the momentum of cosmic happiness being imbalanced,” or, more colloquially, “impurity.”
Shiva The Rudra
Shiva is definitely Rudra in the northeastern hemisphere, and he is definitely Somam, the gods’ food, and protection, in the northwestern hemisphere. In Yama’s southern hemisphere, Shiva is the “Aghora” (covered in dirt and burned ashes) who frees the dead from Yama’s kingdom. It is in the southwestern hemisphere where Shiva is revered as “Nirritti” (the destroying fire). In Shiva-Tandav, Shiva dances for Durga to make Kali into Durga happy and to bring love, compassion, and the birth of pranna through the alignment of the “maruttees,” “Vasus,” “Kuber,” “Varun,” and “Issanaye” (the stabilizer). The Sun God Surya, the Fire God Agnee, and the other constellations were all brought into existence when Shiva opened his third eye.
The RUDRA is transformed into “Shiva” to aid in lunar rotation and revolution (manas). The Moon truly rests on Shiva’s head, making it a fitting symbol for his hypnotic, subconscious state. Those who wear “Rudraksha” beads do so in the belief that they would be shielded from destruction at the hands of foes and other unfavorable forces in life, as these beads are believed to be Lord Shiva’s personal guardian serpents (proven scientific fact based on fifteen thousand years of Vedic truth). Much like pearls, diamonds, and other precious stones, rudraksha beads fall under the protection of cobra snakes. The Indian cobra snake holds rudraksha beads in high regard.
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