Who is Shiva: Man, Myth or Divine? Explore the stories and legends that surround this most prominent figure of Indian spiritual traditions. The basis of existence and the fundamental quality of the cosmos is vast nothingness. The galaxies are just a small happening — a sprinkling. The rest is all vast empty space, which is referred to as Shiva. That is the womb from which everything is born, and that is the oblivion into which everything is sucked back.
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Who is Shiva: Man, Myth or Divine? Explore the stories and legends that surround this most prominent figure of Indian spiritual traditions. The basis of existence and the fundamental quality of the cosmos is vast nothingness. The galaxies are just a small happening — a sprinkling.
The rest is all vast empty space, which is referred to as Shiva. That is the womb from which everything is born, and that is the oblivion into which everything is sucked back. Everything comes from Shiva and goes back to Shiva.
Shiva is Darkness So Shiva is described as a non-being, not as a being. Shiva is not described as light, but as darkness. Humanity has gone about eulogizing light only because of the nature of the visual apparatus that they carry. Otherwise, the only thing that is always, is darkness.
Light is a limited happening in the sense that any source of light — whether a light bulb or the sun — will eventually lose its ability to give out light. Light is not eternal. It is always a limited possibility because it happens and it ends. Darkness is a much bigger possibility than light. Nothing needs to burn, it is always — it is eternal. Darkness is everywhere. It is the only thing that is all pervading. In fact, in some places in the West it is being propagated that Shiva is a demon!
This was known? Almost every peasant in India knows about it unconsciously. He talks about it without even knowing the science behind it. Yoga does not mean standing on your head or holding your breath. Yoga is the science and technology to know the essential nature of how this life is created and how it can be taken to its ultimate possibility.
This first transmission of yogic sciences happened on the banks of Kanti Sarovar, a glacial lake a few miles beyond Kedarnath in the Himalayas, where Adiyogi began a systematic exposition of this inner technology to his first seven disciples, celebrated today as the Sapta Rishis. This predates all religion.
Before people devised divisive ways of fracturing humanity to a point where it seems almost impossible to fix, the most powerful tools necessary to raise human consciousness were realized and propagated.
This being, who is a yogi, and that non-being, which is the basis of the existence, are the same, because to call someone a yogi means he has experienced the existence as himself.
If you have to contain the existence within you even for a moment as an experience, you have to be that nothingness. Only nothingness can hold everything. Something can never hold everything. A vessel cannot hold an ocean. This planet can hold an ocean, but it cannot hold the solar system. The solar system can hold these few planets and the sun, but it cannot hold the rest of the galaxy.
If you go progressively like this, ultimately you will see it is only nothingness that can hold everything. That means, at least for one moment, he has been absolute nothingness. Because India is a dialectical culture, we shift from this to that and that to this effortlessly. One moment we talk about Shiva as the ultimate, the next moment we talk about Shiva as the man who gave us this whole process of yoga.
Who Shiva is Not! Unfortunately, most people today have been introduced to Shiva only through Indian calendar art. They have made him a chubby-cheeked, blue-colored man because the calendar artist has only one face. If you ask for Krishna, he will put a flute in his hand. If you ask for Rama, he will put a bow in his hand. Every time I see these calendars, I always decide to never ever sit in front of a painter.
Photographs are all right — they capture you whichever way you are. If you look like a devil, you look like a devil. Why would a yogi like Shiva look chubby-cheeked? If you showed him skinny it would be okay, but a chubby-cheek Shiva — how is that? In the yogic culture, Shiva is not seen as a God. He was a being who walked this land and lived in the Himalayan region. As the very source of the yogic traditions, his contribution in the making of human consciousness is too phenomenal to be ignored.
Every possible way in which you could approach and transform the human mechanism into an ultimate possibility was explored thousands years ago. The sophistication of it is unbelievable. The question of whether people were so sophisticated at that time is irrelevant because this did not come from a certain civilization or thought process. This came from an inner realization. This had nothing to do with what was happening around him. It was just an outpouring of himself.
In great detail, he gave a meaning and a possibility of what you could do with every point in the human mechanism. You cannot change a single thing even today because he said everything that could be said in such beautiful and intelligent ways.
You can only spend your lifetime trying to decipher it.
Who is Shiva: Man, Myth or Divine?
This beautiful empire and the Suryavanshi rulers started to face many risks since the primary river, Saraswati, was drying to extinction. They also had to face disastrous terrorist attacks from the land of the Chandravanshis. The situation worsened when the Chandravanshis allied with the Nagas, a sinister race of deformed humans with extraordinary martial skills. Saving grace for the Suryavanshis was supposed to be an emerging hero. Is the Tibetan immigrant Shiva a hero? Does he really want to be that hero? Drawn to his destiny by duty and love, will Shiva lead the Suryavanshi revenge and destroy evil?
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