Lord Shiva;his alias such as the ultimate destroyer, the Adi Yogi, and the one who absorbs all the pain of his devotees areknown to everyone in India in one way or the other.
Hisstrong meditative power and persistence inspired numerous artists from a long time now. This is the reasonwhenever you visit an online art gallery you can witness a lot of Lord Shiva paintings on sale.
Shiva is perhaps the most debatable deity yet he simply has themost number of followers.From the northernmost part of India to the Kanyakumari, Shiva is praised in different forms.
Yet, there are quite a few of religious experts, thinkers, and philosophersthat think that Shiva is highly misinterpreted.
Shiva was known to be the greatest & the first yogi who walked on this earth. Hinduism has always recognized Shiva as one of the three ultimate powers in the universe.
He has a third-eye that is known to be the most destructive weapon. It has the capability to vanish all life forms.
Despite this, Lord Shiva is kind, full of justice, and possesses an immense amount of knowledge.
Also, there is a debate whether he is really a God or not.
This blog is going to loosen the knots of these doubts. Let’s start:
Shiva, who was he?
If we look at the yogic culture, Shiva is the one that introduced the art of yogato the world.
He is supposed to be a yogi from their point of view.
While some of the other religious experts think that Shiva is nothing but pure consciousness. Shiva in Sanskrit means ‘That, which is nothing’.
Nothing here means consciousness. As per some experts, God is not the light. Because if the light goes, then God should also go.
But God is eternal. You know what else is eternal?
Nothingness. Science has also confirmed that our universe and the other worlds were nothing before.
Therefore, nothingness has the power to consumer everything; not the light, not something, but only nothing.
This is what Shiva is, a piousdark space of nothingness, where pure consciousness floats.
The human form of Shiva what we see in Lord Shiva paintings today is nothing but a manifestation of his highly spirited consciousness.
This is a philosophical interpretation of Shiva as believed by some experts.
I understand that talking or disregarding an established notion about a deity such as Shiva is not right, but I am trying to present both sides of the coin here.
IMHO, Shiva was a great man who attained immortality through intense and stringent meditation for centuries. But what do I know, right?
Let’s now raise the curtain to see what the positive and negative assumptions of Shiva are:
Shiva: The assumptions
A lot of people believe that Shiva is still alive in the form of Hanuman (another Hindu deity) on KailasMountain.
I am not judging anyone, but I won’t completely disregard the belief.
Another assumption regarding Lord Shiva is that marijuana or Ganja(weed)is his favourite thing to consume.
From the scriptures of Kirati religion, it is being found that Shiva was in a habit to consume weed a lot.
The logic behind this is that Shiva was a part of Shamanism before Hinduism.
The term Shamanism is known for describing religions that believe in communicating with Gods or spirits by a transcendental state of mind.
This means humans have to be in a trance state to actively communicate with Gods and spirits.
So to attain this transcendental stage, Shiva used to take marijuana. As per the historic tales of Kirati religion that originated in Nepal, Shiva and his followers were never in a normal or sober state.
But there are quite a strong oppose from Hindus to this scripture.Hindus believe that Shiva was their one of the three major Gods from the very beginning.
Artists hence always depicted Shiva in a blue-skinned body with serpent along his neck, a crescent moon on the head, water flowing from the locks, and body covered with the skin of an animal.
This is the physical manifestation that continues from ages and can be seen in the sacred Lord Shiva paintings today too.
The reason I didn’t go through his lifestories because I wanted to put forward the negatives and the positives that are said about Lord Shiva.
There will be theories, assumptions, and reasoning. But it’s been thousands of years now (or even more), and finding something evident is highly unlikable.
But, people will still love Lord Shiva and his paintings. They will still believe in his supremacy and I can’t find one good reason that they should not.
Shiva is everywhere as darkness is everywhere. It’s only when we switch off the light, we realise it’s there. Try to switch the light off (figuratively).