The pious month of Savan is already half way gone. A lot of us must have done a lot of rituals and have kept fast on the Mondays. Some may have even visited temples for the offerings and prayers. Well all these things are appreciable but what about the things which we overlook? Lord Shiva as we know is the “Maha Yogi”, the destroyer of desires, the ultimate Yogi who is completely absorbed in meditation. No one can ever define Almighty Shiva. He is infinite. But there are things which we need to learn from Lord Shiva and implement these things for our betterment. There is a ‘Shiva’ inside us. Clean your mirror and see his reflection.
Shiva the “Vairagi”
The Lord of the Universe is only armed with a trishul and damru, has a snake around his neck, the ‘jatadhaari’ Mahadev is completely unbothered about his appearance. Shiva never believed in materialistic things because he knows that these things does not last. Lord Shiva’s body is always covered in ash and it is said that he wears ash to remind his devotees about the foolishness of getting enamoured by physical beauty.
But what about the Shiv Bhakts do we learn from Shiva’s “Vairagi” roop? In today’s world we want more and more, there is no end to our greed. In order to attain all these materialistic things sometimes we even choose the wrong path and indulge ourselves in activities which are not righteous.
Shiva the “Aadiyogi”
Shiva is the first person to teach yoga to the human kind(to Saptrishis). A 1200 year old coin found near Punjab depicts a yogi sitting in Padhmasana and there is a bull behind him. Yoga boosts our immunity and helps us live a disease free life in the long run. Yoga has its significance since ancient times. And, it is true that Yoga has helped many of us to live calm and peaceful lives. Regular yoga practice stretches and tones the body muscles and also makes them strong. In people with diabetes, yoga has been found to lower blood sugar in several ways: by lowering cortisol and adrenaline levels, encouraging weight loss, and improving sensitivity to the effects of insulin. So, Shiv Bhakts …. How many of you do yoga?
Shiva the “Ardhnarishwar”
Ardhanarishvara represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe (Purusha and Prakriti) and illustrates how Shakti, the female principle of God, is inseparable from Shiva, the male principle of God. The concept is used to symbolize that in a marital relationship, the wife is one half of the husband and has an equal status. It is Shiva’s relationship with his wife, Parvati which brings him balance. Their union allows him to be an ascetic and a lover, but within the bounds of marriage. The union of these principles is exalted as the root and womb of all creation. But are the husbands giving equal status to their wives? Women have been under constant subjugation and has been facing torture in many forms. Learn from your Lord and be the Shiva your Parvati deserves.
Shiva the “Neelkanth”
Shiva swallowed the poison “halahala” that emerged from the ocean. Even he was not spared from the effects of the poison. His body began to turn blue due to the vicious poison that had entered him. Afraid of what was going to happen to Shiva, his wife Goddess Parvati entered his body in the form of Mahavidya (Goddess of Great Knowledge) and restricted the poison to his throat, which caused Lord Shiva to get a charming blue throat and the name, Neelkanth. Shiva teaches us that vices need to be controlled effectively by us for the greater good of others, so that both we and others can lead a peaceful life, free of worries and obstacles.
Shiva the “Mahadev”
Shiva is the creator, preserver as well as the destroyer of all creation. Shiva has contrasting characteristics, both acceptance and repulsion simultaneously. He is impartial, does not differentiates between ‘devas’ and ‘daityas’. He is intolerant to injustice. This is the reason why he is called Mahadev. And what lessons do we seek from our Mahadeva? Are we impartial? Are we intolerant to injustice?
This is the right time to introspect. Work on yourself learn from your Shiva and the month of Savan couldn’t be more better than any other month to start with. So, start working on your weaknesses and chant :