Shiva

Shiva Nataraja, Lord of the Dance by origamiwolf

Shiva Nataraja:

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

Damru:

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

The Trident:

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)

River Ganga:

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

 

 

 

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