Part I – Shiva Philosophy :
Whenever a common man imagines Shiva, he think of a man (who have a blue throat) with his weapon Trishul (Trident) who must be living at a place called Kailash. Often we forget that the modern image of trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) has already been very polluted and all we do is generalise our God (spcially SHIVA!), we have become so used to these calendar images that no one actually is aware of the full science behind them.
The name Shiva itself means ‘Nothing’. Shiva is the one who is nothing, he comes from nowhere and goes nowhere, may be the vacuum is Shiva. Shiva has a deep science in to it (or him). Shiva is dark and mysterious and he is very fancy! He is the superhero of all the GODs out there, he is the supreme being and yet out of anybody’s reach. No one in this universe can meet Shiva. You cannot meet it (or him) but can attain it! Shiva is a state of being. Me, you and everyone out the there is a short of Shiva (millionth part of a point percentage). Every second we are moving forward and becoming a more of the Shiva being. The day you gets to 100 percent, you attain Shiva and becomes him!
The philosophy behind Shiva is very vast, complex and diverse. Everybody has their own idea of Shiva and thus can never be really confined. What does matter is your perception of looking into it. Shiva is “The destroyer” and is complementary to the Brahma “The Creator”. It doesn’t mean that you have to get scared of him. The one who comes must has to go and that is why Shiva destroys to welcome new.
Shiva has always been recognized as the “Adiyogi” i.e, The 1st yogi. He/It is the from of meditation, always still and nothing. Shiva never really took a birth, when you was not there (he always was), when you ll be gone (he always ll be) because he is Shiva!
Part II – Material Shiva :
Shiva is the coolest GOD, you will ever get to know! He travels, smokes weed, has all the powers, attached to nothing and yet loves everybody. He is someone with an innocence as child, Out of all the Hindu Gods, it is easiest to make Shiva happy! If you ll go a thousand years back , you ll be looking at the temples all denoted to Shiva, It was very recent that we started having the temples of other Gods, (the purpose is not the compare but to state the history).
Part III – Shiva and Shakti :
SHIVA symbolises consciousness, the masculine principle.
SHAKTI symbolises the feminine principle, the activating power and energy.
Whenever a power becomes active, and wherever energy exists, Shakti is working. Other terms for these primal principles are PURUSHA and PRAKRITI; Purusha is consciousness and Prakriti is nature.
Shiva and Shakti are manifestations of the all-in-one divine consciousness – different sides of the same coin. In many pictures these two primal powers are each depicted as being one half of the same image; one side female and one side male. The left side is the Divine Mother, Pārvatī, the “feminine” energy, and the right side represents Shiva, the “masculine” consciousness.
Only when Shiva and Shakti combine can action, movement and creation arise. Until energy is impregnated with consciousness it is ignorant, disordered, aimless and “blind”. Energy alone can produce nothing; consciousness bestows upon it content, form and direction. Conversely, consciousness without energy is dormant power, sleeping energy, and on its own is unable to be the cause of anything. Just as Prakriti without Purusha is unable to act, and vice versa, Purusha without Prakriti is also incapable of creating anything.
- Shakti is the motherly love of God that surrounds us with warmth, caring and protection.
- Shiva is the paternal love of God that gives us consciousness, clarity and knowledge.
(The whole part of Shiva and Shakti has been taken fom the Source: https://www.chakras.net/yoga-principles/22-shiva-and-shakti)
Part IV – Shiva Quotes :
“Fire is His head, the sun and moon His eyes, space His ears, the Vedas His speech, the wind His breath, the universe His heart. From His feet the Earth has originated. Verily, He is the inner self of all beings.” ― Anonymous, The Upanishads
“When Shiva beats his DAMRU- Evil Shakes !! while the Wise Awakes!”
“Only when you go beyond Mind, will you be able to respect the energy that inhabits us; until then you will either exploit others with your energy or will deplete your energy, leading a purposeless life!” ― Ramana Pemmaraju
This is the gist of all worship: to be pure and to do good to others. He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worships Shiva. And if he sees Shiva only in the image, his worship is but preliminary. He who has served and helped one poor man seeing Shiva in him, without thinking of his caste or creed or race or anything, with him Shiva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples -Swami Vivekananda
Part V – The ultimate Mantra :
ॐ नमः शिवाय (Om namah Shivayya)
What is your idea of Shiva? leave your comments!