Attempting to write about Shiva is akin to putting into words the expanse of the Universe. The end and, the endless one (Anant), Shiva has no parallel.
He is the innocent one, Bholenath – who can also perform the Tandava. The family man – who is also the Lord of Destruction. The Adiyogi, the Lord (Trigunaswami) of the three gunas – Sattvik, Rajasik, and Tamasik.
Shiva can be read and absorbed in as many ways as there are vibrations in the cosmos and thoughts in our mind.
This Maha Shivaratri, let your senses explore a real possibility, a chance to become free – gain freedom from fear.
Shiva is the fearless one; he epitomises the infinite possibilities of a life lived without fear.
The true manifestation of the supreme power, Shiva embraces all that is fearful – a snake around his neck, a ball of fire in his hand (in the Nataraja avatar), ash from the cremation ground smeared on his body and the furious might of the Ganga flowing from his matted locks.
Shiva is the one who enfolds all of the Panch Bhutas (the five elements) and becomes one with them.
The ash holds a special significance; it depicts his acceptance of the dead, embracing the purity of the ultimate reality – death.
He exudes supreme calmness… as tranquil as the waters of the Mansarovar that wash the feet of his abode at Mount Kailash. Shiva is absolute stillness.
We all have our own insecurities: Fear of the unknown, fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of what the future holds, fear of not being loved, the fear of losing what one holds dear….
Fear constantly accompanies us and jeers at us every time we flounder. There’s no life without fear in the world we live in.
The only way to overcome our fear is to first accept it as a part of our being, a part of the cosmos that we are a fragment of and are one with.
Embrace your fear, accept the fact that it’s as much a slice of your soul as your biggest strength is.
Embrace your fear and face it, not out of compulsion but out of love.
That’s when the fountainhead of pure bliss will emerge in your consciousness and seep through your thoughts, actions, and the physical body to give you resilience that is needed to overcome the challenge fear poses. To come to terms with its existence and the realisation that it reach and effect are finite.
It’s about you and only you have the ability to handle it.
Shiva has shown the way!
ध्याये नित्यं महेशं रजतगिरिनिभं चारूचंद्रां वतंसं।
रत्नाकल्पोज्ज्वलांगं परशुमृगवराभीतिहस्तं प्रसन्नम।।
पद्मासीनं समंतात् स्तुततममरगणैर्व्याघ्रकृत्तिं वसानं।
विश्वाद्यं विश्वबद्यं निखिलभय हरं पञ्चवक्त्रं त्रिनेत्रम्।।
“We always worship Mahesha, who is shining like a silver mountain and adorned with a small beauteous arc of the new moon; whose limbs are illuminant as if smeared with the essence of rare gems, and who, seated on deer skin wields an axe-like weapon, with the other hand indicating the assurance of fearlessness; who has happy countenance, seated in lotus position, hailed by the deities surrounding him, is attired in tiger skin; who is the originator of Universe, worshiped by all, who removes all fears without leaving even a trace, who is five mouthed signifying that He has swallowed the five organs of perception, has three eyes which signify that He knows origin, sustenance and end of Universe i.e. He knows the present, past, and future.”