Shiva Nataraja, Lord of the Dance by origamiwolf
Is one of the Gods 3 main that is part of the Hindu Triumvate.
Brahma the creator:
Said to be born from a lotus that sprouted from Lord Vishnu’s navel. This portrays a cycle, a sense of continuity to the universe.
(Shiva is the God of dance and destruction of all evil)
Vishnu the preserver:
Symbolising order Vishnu preserves creation and maintains it. Said to have descended to return cosmic order. With a branch of Hinduism devoted to him (Vaishnava) he sleeps in a vast ocean on the giant snake Sheshnaga.
With 2 of his arms in the physical realm and the other 2 in the spiritual realm, Vishnu signifies the connection between the physical and spiritual realms, thus showing the importance of both in our time here.
wears 2 earrings. These earrings signify inherent opposites in creation — ignorance and knowledge; unhappiness and happiness; pain and pleasure.
Shiva Nataraja the god of dance and destroyer of all evil:
the master of both poison and medicine, through his ambivalent power over snakes. Showing resemblance to our notion of the judgment day
symbolizes the Universe which is always expanding and collapsing. From an expansion, it collapses and then it re-expands, this is the process of creation. Like a heart expands and contracts to set the rhythm for a dance that is meant to release humans from the illusion of the idea of self and physical world.
Serpent around neck:
Alertness even in deep meditation
waking, dreaming and sleeping, and it represents the three Gunas – Satva, Rajas, and Tamas.
Shul means problems or suffering. Trishul means that which destroys all kind of suffering.
Three types of pain that arise in life:
1. Aadibhautik (physical)
2. Aadhyaatmik (spiritual) and
3. Aadidaivik (ethereal)
Knowledge is liberating and purifies the soul, knowledge is purifying and comes in the flow of a river in motion
The third eye:
Alertness and awareness coming from knowledge and realization
In a post to come, I will write about the recent controversies regarding CERN and the image of Shiva