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Lord Shiva - A fierce God ?
There has been a misconception with some people that Lord
Shiva is a fierce One. This misconception stems from the
portrayals that He is the god of destruction, He is adorned with
the skulls and snakes, the ways of worship are quite strict and yogic
in nature. A more closer look into the Shaivism would clarify these.
First of all the word shiva itself means auspicious and
perfection(1). Can there be a more auspicious thing than the
Auspicious ?! This great God who is adorned with skulls and snakes,
is the one the great devas worship. Because those great divines
realise this Supreme's potence and glorious qualities.(2) Saluting
this Lord, who goes on alms as if He has nothing but in reality made
the kubhEra the king of wealth, all the divines get their greatness and
prosperity. This Supreme, who could not be explored by even the great
devas, get very easily pleased and showers on the devotee with boons.
It is said when one wants even hard to get boons, worship of Lord shiva
would be the way. Very naturally our Lord is called ashutosha
(fast pleased) and bholenath(innocent Lord) !!
When one evolves in the worship of Lord shiva to be a devotee,
the worship is more out of love than a fear for a supernatural power.
When the devotee experiances the Glorious qualities of the
Lord the love blooms and this love, knowledge and experiance paves way
for the spiritual success and not the fear. (This is in fact the
speciality of Hinduism not compelling the follower to fear for a super
natural power but to know, experiance and be in It). The disciplined
paths of worshiping the Lord may appear difficult but sure to bring
lots of marvel in return. Also not all the worship paths are so strict.
If this God would get pleased only for highly strict rituals what would
one have to say about kaNNappa ?(3)
Lord Shiva is not the the god of destruction, but is the
Supreme who plays the five activites of Creation, Protection,
Destruction, Concealing and Blessing. The God shiva who is known as
parashiva (the Supreme Shiva) plays these actions that run
the Universe through Its forms and powers but is above all these
specific deeds.(4) But like an owner of a firm who also works with
the people he employed, the Supreme Shiva in spite of being the Master
of all these great deeds also enacts as the doer of some deeds like
the destruction, Concealing and Blessing.
Various forms of the Lord Shiva show Him Ash smeared with
skulls and snakes dancing in the cemetries. But it should be understood
that these are the glories of the Supreme that It is adorned with
nature since It is beyond the human ornations.(5) It is this Lord the
wise worship when they want the most auspicious boons.
O, Giver of the Boons, the bull, the parts of a cot, chisel, the
elephant-skin, Ashes, the serpent, the skull : these are the articles of
your house-hold. And yet gods get all their riches merely by the movement
of your eye-brows. Really, false desires for worldly things do not deceive (
mislead ) one who is always is absorbed in his soul
Love and shivam, there exist two things, say the fools.
Love is shivam, that nobody understands.
When everybody realise that Love is shivam,
they sit in love as shivam.
Lord shiva, the Supreme Potent and
Yogeshwara is also the absolute Auspicious One the devoted mind loves
1. Shiva - The Meaning
2. shivanenum Ochai - thirun^Avukkarachar thEvAram
4. Is Lord Shiva the god of destruction ?
5. The form of Lord shiva - nature adorned
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