The Hindu God Shiva is known as god of destruction? Although Shiva is known as the destroyer, he is also a symbol of calm and peace. As the patron god of Yoga, and true meditation, he protects and transforms the universe and is an embodiment of pure masculinity. Shiva may be the destroyer, but mostly destroys the ignorance of humanity.
Lord Shiva is husband to Devi Parvati and father to Kartikeya and Ganesha. He symbolizes Moksha, or liberation through tapas (inner fire.) He guides creation to transcend this world into the eternal source of pure consciousness from which everything and everyone emerged.
Hanuman is the eleventh avatar of Lord Shiva. Hanuman is revered for his physical strength, perseverance, and devotion. Although Shiva & Vishnu don’t always agree, they have learned to co-exist and even help one another at times. Many of Hanuman great deeds were in total devotion to Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu.
Shiva is part of the triumvirate of Hindu gods (along with Brahma & Vishnu) and of the 3 is known to be the most powerful.
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The trident or Trishul is a symbol that represents Shiva’s three aspects of “creator, maintainer and destroyer.” As well as the equilibrium of 3 Gunas of “sattva, rajas and tamas.”
- Sattva is Purity, knowledge and harmony. It’s qualities are joy, satisfaction, nobility and contentment. Sattva is free of fear, wrath or malice and is always pure and forgiving.
- Rajas is the active, the doing, always moving quality. It’s qualities are passion, action, attachment, and yearning for satisfaction and desire.
- Tamas is that non-moving, impure energy. It’s qualities are lethargic, impure, lazy and dull. It results from ignorance, and any excess of eating, sleeping, talking, or overindulging of any kind.
सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
म्रुत्योर्मुक्षिय मामृतात् ॥
“Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat.”
“We Meditate on the Three-eyed reality
Which permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance.
May we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality,
Even as the cucumber is severed from bondage to the creeper.”
Shiva on Mt Kailash
Om Nama Shivaya
The Shiva lingam is widely regarded as being a phallic symbol, often seen together with its female counterpart, yoni, which represents the goddess, Shakti.
Used for meditating and worshiping, the Shiva lingam assists the practitioner with entering into a deeper state of meditation, expanding the mind and leading to a greater understanding of the spiritual whole that makes up the universe. When performed correctly, these stones are reported to permit greater energy levels as well as deeper and longer lasting peace and calmness.