Shiva: Stories and Teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana

Shiva: Stories and Teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana


the normal realizing of Shiva advised via tales and teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana

• Explains Shiva’s contradictory kinds, corresponding to destroyer or benefactor, and the way his shape is dependent upon the desires of the devotee

• finds how Shiva’s teachings enable one to determine throughout the illusions on the root of all grief and alienation in human lifestyles

• Explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and along with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya

Shiva, the main old and intricate deity of the Hindu pantheon, has been portrayed in lots of contrasting lighting fixtures: destroyer and benefactor, ascetic and householder, wild demon slayer and calm yogi atop Mount Kailash. Drawing from the Hindu sacred textual content the Shiva Mahapurana--said to be written via Shiva himself--Vanamali selects the fundamental tales of Shiva, either these from his darkish wild part and people from his benevolent peaceable facet.

Vanamali discusses Shiva’s many avatars equivalent to Shambunatha and Bhola, in addition to Dakshinamurti who taught the shastras and tantras to the rishis. She explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and along with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya. studying Shiva’s recognition of outsiders, Vanamali explains why ghosts and ghouls are his attendants and why his maximum devotees are demon kings, like Ravana. She comprises recognized Shiva tales similar to the Descent of the River Ganga and Churning the Milky Ocean in addition to those who demonstrate the starting place of the competition of lighting fixtures, Diwali; his construction of the cosmic couple, or hierogamos; and the way Shiva and Parvati taught the realm the secrets and techniques of Kundalini Shakti. the writer additionally attracts upon Shaivite teachings to demonstrate the variations among Western technological know-how and Vedic technological know-how and their motives for the origins of attention.

Integrating Shiva’s aspects, the fierce and the peaceable, Vanamali unearths that Shiva’s shape depends upon the wishes of the devotee. figuring out his teachings permits one to work out during the illusions on the root of all grief and alienation in human existence, for Shiva is the wielder of maya who doesn't fall lower than its spell. whereas Ganesha is named the remover of hindrances, Shiva is the remover of tears.

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