We all know Lord Shiva as a part of Indian mythology, and gave worshipped and admired him as a God, one who is completely different in his looks, wearing the skin of animal, with snakes coiled around neck and a trident (trishul) with moon as a head gear. A complete divine look of a yogi, the one who has left all the luxuries and embellishments of life, unlike other Indian Mythology God, with lots of ornaments, hands and halo’s above the head, his aura and personality was so divine that even princess Sati daughter of King Daksha could not resist herself from falling in love with him even after acknowledging that he is not liked by her father.
But today, we will not talk about Shiva as God and deity but as a philosopher, not to forget Shiva was not just a God to be worshipped but as a philosopher who had set principles in life and a philosophy of life, not to forget he was a yogi, also known as ‘Aadinath’ also, his tandava has a reason and a philosophy behind it.
We all know that he is known for his destructive forces and represents the destructive aspect of the Brahman. His trident represents the three gunas of what man is made of that is sattva, rajas and tamas. And the damru represents the sabda Brahman representing Om from which all languages are formed. He is the one who formed Sanskrit as a language from his damru.
He controls his mind and wants us to do the same as he wears moon on his head, elephant symbolise pride, he wears elephants skin denoting his victory on pride, he sits on tiger’s skin representing he has conquered his lust (tiger is symbolic of lust), he wears serpents or snake on his neck depicting he is fearless and immortal as snakes are considered as venomous creatures and the world us afraid of them also serpents live for 100 years which represents his immortality.
Not to forget, he is a God aesthetic, even the dancers worship him as Nataraja, he is full of wisdom, and has complete knowledge of music ragas and instruments, his famous tandava is an expression of his emotions joy and anger both, he controls his emotion through dancing which philosophies that we should control our emotions and not emotions control us.
Also he is a God of acceptance, tolerance and equality, he is worshiped by one and all, he showers his blessings not only on humans, dancers, but animals, ghosts, and rakshasa and demons as well, all hold him in a high pedestrian of life, he clearly sets an example for us to love and respect each and every living creature of the world, may it be animals or humans high class or class, a princess or a dancer, he should shower his blessing on one and all.
Shiva when meets with Shakti forms one body known as ardhanarishwar representing the equality of man and women in the world, and also represented that the ones who have both the qualities i.e. The eunuch are to be respected equally. His life depicts how he was always incomplete and powerless without his Adi – Shakti, as a householder he is known as a best husband, and girls desire a man like him.
He is also a yogi, he had spent a major time of his life in meditation in all sorts of tough conditions depicting how we should struggle and face the worst situations with determination, he has also taught us to fight our fears and be firm in life, and stand for our self, he is the one, who has paved for us the path to enlightenment, knowing thyself and peace through the medium of yoga and meditation all the gurus and even Lord Buddha gained enlightenment through meditation. We are blessed with Yoga by him, to live a healthy and fit life. He is the representation of truth, of god and of beauty, when we speak them together as, “satyam shivam sunderam”.
He is Sivam (auspicious, Subham), Sundaram (beautiful), Kantam (effulgent). “Santam Sivam Advaitam” (Mandukya Upanishad).
We have always worshiped him as a God but are completely unaware of his philosophy of life, and totally ignore his silent preaching he is our guru who has given us a lot, in the form of yoga. Next when you think of him not only worship him as a deity but respect him as a guru and admire him for his philosophy.
About the Author:
Sonam Goel (DAV College 10)