Mystical Shiva- Untold

‘Lord Shiva’ the entrancing word that takes most populace into a daze. What is so hypnotizing and pounding about it? Who is Shiva? Numerous stories and legends encompass this figure. Is it accurate to say that he is a divine being? Or a construct of collective imagination? Or is there a deeper meaning to Shiva, uncovered just to the individuals who look for it?

With wrangled thoughts of word Shiva, some say that the word means something auspicious subsidizing it with a fact that send off in ancient days was given with the phrase ‘Shivaste Panthanah’. {Mostly contenting to slokas} Denoting the potential that lies in the entire universe to manifest good.

The Sanskrit word Shiva comes from Shri Rudram Chamakam of Taittiriya Samhita of Krishna Yajurveda. The root word śi means auspicious. In simple English transliteration it is written either as Shiva or Siva. The adjective śiva, is used as an attributive epithet not particularly of Rudra, but of several other Vedic deities. Title has been given since some of these certainties might be stunning for somebody, alleviating for fans and fascinating for others. Some of these certainties might be known not yet obscure to other.

While others say , the word “Shiva” literally means, “that which is not.”

On another level, when we say “Shiva,” we are referring to a certain yogi, the Adiyogi or the first yogi, and also the Adi Guru, the first Guru.

Adi Sankara, in his interpretation of the name Shiva, the 27th and 600th name of Vishnu sahasranama, the thousand names of Vishnu interprets Shiva to have multiple meanings: “The Pure One”, or “the One who is not affected by three Gunas of Prakrti (Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas)” or “the One who purifies everyone by the very utterance of His name.” Swami Chinmayananda, in his translation of Vishnu sahasranama, further elaborates on that verse: Shiva means “the One who is eternally pure” or “the One who can never have any contamination of the imperfection of Rajas and Tamas”.

There are at least eight different versions of the Shiva Sahasranama, devotional hymns (stotras) listing many names of Shiva. The version appearing in Book 13 (Anuśāsanaparvan) of the Mahabharata is considered the kernel of this tradition. Shiva also has Dasha-Sahasranamas (10,000 names) that are found in the Mahanyasa. The Shri Rudram Chamakam, also known as the Śatarudriya, is a devotional hymn to Shiva hailing him by many names.

Shiva as Lingam:

The narratives consist of three different states of shiva.

  1. Arupa : without form
  2. Rupa-Arupa : Formless form
  3. Saroopa : With form

Arupa : This state can be defined with Nirakara,Nirupa,Niramaya,Nirguna,Nirvisesha.

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Rupa-Arupa : A formless form, Like the state shifting from one form to another. If we can really absorb what ancient literature meant the pure science and the imagination that is put up in it is remarkable.

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Saroopa: There is a short tale as to what lingam or lingodbhava means. Brahma and Vishnu who went in search to find the origin of universe have only discovered an infinite fire. The instant heat that is generated during the Hiranyagarbha ( Formation of the universe or the big bang theory in other words). That is when the form of Shiva as lingodbhava came into existence and is still represented in many temples.

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Significance of Rudraksha:

Rudra represents a terrific phenomenon that is universal,cosmic and great in magnitude. It is the very essence of material manifestations and regeneration.The term Rudra is often equated to terrific { contented to a particle that possesses a sound wave character}

Thus with Shiva being the potential to manifest, Rudra is that attribute of shiva which continuously sweeps through the universe maintaining the destruction and regeneration cycle intact.

On wearing it, the energy is said to channelize the bodily manifestations and energy.

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 History of Shivaraatri:

It is the oldest recorded celebration in the following documents.

  1. Mahabharata: 5100myears ago
  2. Rishi Kahola Kaushitaki in Kaushitaki Brahmana (Vedic literature) writes that Winter Solstice occurred on this night. 3000 BCE.
  3. Varahamihira in treatise Brihad Samhita wrote that the earth as it spins on its axis it also wobbles. Giving rise to the precesion of equinoxes such that every 72 years, the equinox split lags behind by 1 degree or 1 day.

Today the vernal equinox in the month of march on 21st and winter solstice on December 22nd. Given that every 72 years , the equinox lags by 1 degre or 1 day , over 5100 years ago the equinoxes would have slipped by 5100/72 = 71 degrees or 71 days.

This means that the winter solstice during Mahabharata would have occurred around February end or march beginning which is indeed the month of Magha.

 

Shiva and Science :

A science geek may realize what it implies by CERN. At any rate now when the stunning news about the  presence of particles (Neutrinos) that run speedier than the light was declared by the CERN researchers. The entire science club had twirled in the whirlpool of disarray then, as that would have managed a enormous hit to a long­held presumption. Could acquire major changes the speculations elucidated even by Albert Einstein and so forth. In any case, a major moan of alleviation, the case was later discredited by the same cluster of researchers. Higgs Boson is another sensation this lab dropped ­­­ all to the suspicion of some prominent beliefs.

All things considered, CERN remains for ‘European Organization for Nuclear Research’, arranged in Geneva. This world biggest material science lab can gloat of having been controlled by 2400 full­time workers and 7931 researchers and architects speaking to 608 colleges and examination offices and 113 nationalities. The Nobel laureate and co­founder of Quantum Physics Werner Heisenberg was additionally one of the prime supporters of this molecule research focus.

Be that as it may, accept or not, this marvelous universal science focus houses an immense statue of Nataraja, the typical portrayal of Lord Shiva who performs his infinite move to decimate the flimsy universe clearing a path for the Lord Brahma to re­start the new creation. The statue was a blessing exhibited by the Indian government in 2004.

Bizarre, how a Hindu God found a spot in the science focus, a seat of realism and thinking? The skeptic might smolder at the thought. No odd, they have proclivities to shrug aside any religious images and ceremonies as a heap of superstitions, ­­­ aggravation obstacles while in transit to movement and progressivism in the free thinking world. Be that as it may, too bad, their balanced fathers and men of letters and acumen are presently considering every option on the a different way. They are turning towards the shrewdness of India. Endeavoring to burrow more profound into the old documents.

In the year 1975 a famous American physicist Dr Fritjof Capra had thought of the most epoch­making book entitled ‘The Tao of Physics’. Other than his four other International smash hits, this book has now been distributed in 23 dialects over the world. Dr Capra experimentally associates here the cadenced throb of subatomic molecule with the Cosmic move of Lord Shiva. He affirms “each subatomic molecule performs a vitality move, as well as “is a vitality dance”; a throbbing procedure of creation and devastation, without end. For the present day physicists, then Shiva’s move is the move of subatomic matter. As in Hindu mythology, it is a nonstop move of creation and pulverization including the entire cosmos; the premise of all presence and of all regular marvels.” He advance includes “Current material science pictures matter, not as aloof and latent, however as consistently moving and vibrating. This is all that much like the Eastern spiritualists portrayal of the world. Both accentuate that the universe must be gotten a handle on powerfully. It structures are not static, inflexible ones, but rather ought to be found as far as dynamic balance.”

The most surprising part of the book is that it supports Eastern’s interconnection of the whole protests in the universe, quicken or spiritless and the rest. Capra composes :’The Eastern spiritualists see the universe as an indistinguishable web, whose interconnections are dynamic and not static. The infinite web is alive; it moves and develops and changes consistently.

Present day material science, as well, has come to imagine the universe all things considered a web of relations and, as Eastern supernatural quality, has perceived this web is inherently alterable.’

Yes, the present researchers are starting to think in the same line what Rishis in India did what’s more, placed down in the arrangement of Upanishads a very long time back. So the glorification of Natraj by the atomic researchers in the CERN is never impudent. Maybe rousing, giving fuel to further investigation. Science now concurs that the diviners of Indian sub­continent had seen the higher truths, the study of higher measurement and nuances. These extremely nuances which Nobel laureate Erwin

Schrodinger, ­­ whose Schrödinger comparison is thought to be one of the best accomplishments of twentieth century, had long taken the shelter in. His profound adoration for Upanishads are obvious in his reality well known

work – “What is life?” which was later credited by the Francis Crick for his key understanding prompting the progressive disclosure of DNA code. Schrodinger was so persuaded about the abundance of insight inIndian writing he made an intense decree ­­­ ‘In all world there is no sort of system inside which we can discover cognizance in the plural; this is just something we build in light of the fact that of the worldly majority of people, however it is a false development. The main answer for this strife in so far as any is accessible to us at all lies in the old astuteness of the Upanishad.’ The Helical form of DNA represented in the Helical Snakes Worshiped in most parts.

 

Schrodinger was not the only one. David Bohm, Eugene Wigner, Oppenheimer, David Josephson, Archibald Wheeler, Charles Townes, Jack Sarfatti, John Hagelin, John Bells had as of now made endeavors to dive headlong into the enormous ocean of Upanishadic’s Consciousness ­­­ after the throbbing vibration, as a definitive answer. The man behind the ‘Dark Hole’ and ‘Worm Hole’ John Archibald Wheeler turn out to be so awestruck with the information of the East, he commented ­­­’One has the feeling that the masterminds of the East knew it all, and in the event that we could just make an interpretation of their answers into our dialect we would have the responses to every one of our inquiries.’

 

At last, here comes the boldest forecast by Robert Julius Oppenheimer “What we might find in Modern Physics is an embodiment, a consolation and a refinement of old Hindu knowledge.”

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Chanting the Name of Lord Shiva or ‘Om Namah Shivaya’

‘Namaha Shivaya is Shiva’s five-syllabled mantra. It means :

• na = Foremost deity of all the regions (lokas).
• ma = Bestower of supreme spiritual knowledge (gyan) & redeemer of the greatest of sins.
• shi = Benevolent, serene and responsible for initiation by Lord Shiva.
• va = Symbolic of a bull as the vehicle and Vasuki and Vamangi energy (shakti).
• ya = Auspicious abode of Supreme Bliss and Lord Shiva.

 Shiva’s Adornments: 

Third Eye:

Shiva has always been referred to as Triambaka because he has a third eye. The third eye does not mean someone’s forehead cracked and something came out! It simply means another dimension of perception has opened up. If your perception has to evolve and enhance itself, the most important thing is that your energy has to evolve and enhance itself. The whole process of yoga is to evolve and refine your energies in such a way that your perception is enhanced and the third eye opens.

The third eye is the eye of vision. The two physical eyes are just sensory organs. They feed the mind with all kinds of nonsense, because what you see is not the truth. You see this person or that person and you think something about him, but you are not able to see the Shiva in him. You see things the way it is necessary for your survival. Another creature sees it another way, as is necessary for its survival. This is why we say this world is maya. Maya means it is illusory. We are not saying that existence is illusory. We are only saying the way you are perceiving it is illusory. So another eye, an eye of deeper penetration, has to be opened up. The third eye means your perception has gone beyond the dualities of life. You are able to see life just the way it is, not just the way that is necessary for your survival.

Nandi:

Nandi is a symbolism of eternal waiting, because waiting is considered the greatest virtue in Indian culture. One who knows how to simply sit and wait is naturally meditative. Nandi is not expecting Shiva to come out tomorrow. He is not anticipating or expecting anything. He is just waiting. He will wait forever. That quality is the essence of receptivity. Before you go into a temple, you must have the quality of Nandi – to simply sit. You are not trying to go to heaven, you are not trying to get this or that – you simply sit.

People have always misunderstood meditation as some kind of activity. No – it is a quality. That is the fundamental difference. Prayer means you are trying to talk to God. Meditation means you are willing to listen to God. You are willing to just listen to existence, to the ultimate nature of creation. You have nothing to say, you simply listen. That is the quality of Nandi – he just sits, alert. This is very important – he is alert, not sleepy. He is not sitting in a passive way. He is sitting, very active, full of alertness, full of life, but just sitting – that is meditation.

Trishul:

Shiva’s trishul represents the three fundamental aspects of life. These are the three fundamental dimensions of life that are symbolized in many ways. They can also be called Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. These are the three basic nadis – the left, the right and the central – in the pranamaya kosha, or the energy body of the human system. Nadis are pathways or channels of prana in the system. There are 72,000 nadis that spring from the three fundamental ones.

The Pingala and Ida represent the basic duality in the existence. It is this duality which we traditionally personify as Shiva and Shakti. You can simply call it masculine and feminine. When I say masculine and feminine, I am not talking in terms of sex – about being male or female – but in terms of certain qualities in nature. You could say the logical and the intuitive aspect of you.

Bringing a balance between the Ida and Pingala will make you effective in the world; this will allow you to handle life aspects well. Most people live and die in Ida and Pingala. Sushumna, the central space, remains dormant. But Sushumna is the most significant aspect of human physiology. Life really begins only when energies enter into Sushumna. You attain to a new kind of balance, an inner balance where whatever happens outside, there is a certain space within you that never gets disturbed and cannot be touched by outside situations.

Moon:

There are many names for Shiva. One name that is very commonly used is Soma or Somasundara. Soma could literally mean the moon, but soma essentially means inebriation or intoxication. Shiva uses the moon as a decoration because he is a great yogi who is intoxicated all the time, but he sits in great alertness. To enjoy the intoxication, you must be alert. Even when you drink, you try to stay awake and enjoy the intoxication. And that is how yogis are – totally drunk, but fully alert.

The science of yoga gives this pleasure to you to be internally drunk all the time, but one hundred percent stable and alert. There has been a lot of research in the last couple of decades, and a particular scientist found that in the human brain, there are millions of cannabis receptors. If you simply keep your body in a certain way, the body will produce its own narcotic, and the brain is waiting to receive it. It is only because the human body produces its own narcotic that feelings of peace, pleasure and joy can happen within you without any stimulus from outside.

When the scientist wanted to give this chemical an appropriate name, he came down to India and found the word ananda,or bliss. So he called it Anandamide. If you generate a sufficient amount of Anandamide in your system, then you can be drunk all the time, but fully awake, wide awake.

Snake:

A snake is also very sensitive to certain energies. Shiva has the snake around his throat. It is not just symbolic. There is a whole lot of science behind it. There are 114 chakras in the energy body. Out of these 114, people are usually talking about the seven fundamental chakras in the system. Among these seven fundamental ones, the vishuddhi chakra is located in the pit of your throat. This particular chakra is very strongly associated with the snake. The vishuddhi is about stopping poison, and a snake carries poison. All these things are connected.

The word vishuddhi literally means “filter.” If your vishuddhi becomes powerful, you have the ability to filter everything that enters you. Shiva’s center is supposed to be vishuddhi, and he is also known as Vishakantha or Neelakantha because he filters all the poison. He doesn’t allow it to enter his system. Poisons are not necessarily that which you may consume through food. Poisons can enter you in so many ways: a wrong thought, a wrong emotion, a wrong idea, a wrong energy or a wrong impulse can poison your life. If your vishuddhi is active, it filters everything. It saves you from all these influences. In other words, once vishuddhi is very active, that person is so powerful within himself that whatever is around him does not influence him anymore. He is established within himself. He tends to become a very powerful being.

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Significance of celebrating Mahashivratri :

Shiva being the ultimate representation of the cosmic world.

This night is celebrated to unite with the cosmic energy. Which is the highest and the most absorbed on this night.

The fourteenth day of every lunar month or the day before the new moon is known as Shivratri. Among all the twelve Shivratris that occur in a calendar year, Mahashivratri, the one that occurs in February-March is of the most spiritual significance. On this night, the northern hemisphere of the planet is positioned in such a way that there is a natural upsurge of energy in a human being. This is a day when nature is pushing one towards one’s spiritual peak. It is to make use of this, that in this tradition, we establish a certain festival which is night-long. One of the fundamentals of this night-long festival is to ensure that – to allow this natural upsurge of energies to find their way – you remain with your spine vertical – you stay awake.

A day of collaboration of the  Material Science and the Spiritual science.

Om Namah Shivaya.

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