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All You Need To Know About Lord Shiva

By Lela Perkins

Lord Shiva is known as the god of yogis and the main agent of change, both as a preserver of life and a destroyer of life, including the ego. Nothing is truly is destroyed by Shiva, because when something like the ego is taken away something new is created. In essence, it means the power he holds is the power to purify.

The god assists people by helping them perceive things more clearly. Sometimes, making things more lucid actually involves having to break down the very things that are stopping people from seeing clearly in the first place, and that’s partly where he gets his reputation from. Once all the obstacles to seeing clearly have been destroyed, people can view things the way he intends for them to be.

The role of meditation in Hinduism cannot be underestimated. Shiva advocates the type of deep meditation that is meant to eventually shift you to a higher form of consciousness. Once you’ve reached this level you’re then formless, able to shed attachments to worldly things like possessions and feelings.

Like many deities in Hinduism, Shiva comes in many different forms. One of these forms Nataraj, which is a dance representing destruction and creation. The idea is that when we do the dance, we are not only inspired by the god, but we have a piece of the deity inside all of us.

One of the many forms he takes is that of the karma yogi, Hanuman. Hanuman is said to endlessly and selflessly serve Ram. No-one is entirely sure if the god is Hanuman. The reason for this is because karma yogi are not supposed to take the credit for their acts of selflessness. So although we know that Hanuman is a karma yogi, we have not certain way of knowing if he is the god in disguise.

Mantras are an important aspect of the Hindu religion, and they are equally important when mentioning the gods. Like most gods, the omnipresent Shiva is incarnated in mantras. He is known as Mahamrityunjaya and when you chant Mahamrityunjaya’s mantras they ate supposed to promote health and well being and are said to aid peace and relaxation.

The religious scriptures dictate that people should worship him, usually for a month. This month is often called Sawan, which some call Shravan. Some may wonder why it is just him that is being worshiped during this time and why not other gods. The Hindu scriptures recognize him as being in control of the whole world, and it’s him that will one day be responsible for its ultimate destruction. Those who want more in-depth reasons as to why he is worshiped should take a look at the Hindu scriptures.

There is no doubt that Lord Shiva is a pivotal figure in Hinduism. The ability to give and take away probably has something to do with this, as does his omnipotence. One story that illustrates this surrounds the time he is telling the goddess Parvati a story on immortality and she falls asleep. A parrot happens to be present and listens to the full story. Afterwards, the animal is made immortal by the god.

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