Significance of Curved Moon on Lord Shiva’s Head
When there is no mind then how can this ‘no mindedness’ be specific and how can anybody perceive it? You need atleast little bit of the mind to understand, experience and to express.The no-mind, infinite consciousness requires that very young mind to express itself in the manifest world. So, to express that unexpressible, that little mind (crescent moon) is on the head.
Significance of Lord Shiva’s Damru
Damru symbolizes the Universe which is always spreading out and folding compactly. From an expansion it falls down and then it re-expands, this is the process of invention.If you see your heartbeat, it is not just one perfectly horizontal line but it is a rhythm alternatively goes up and down. The whole world is nothing but rhythms; the energy is rising up and collapsing to rise again.
Significance of Lord Shiva’s Trishul (Trident)
Shiva’s trishul represents the three fundamental appearances of life. These are the three fundamental attributes of life that are symbolized in many ways. They can also be called Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. These are the three essential nadis – the left, the right and the central – or the energy body of the human system. Nadis are track or passages of prana in the system.
Significance of River Ganga flowing from Lord Shiva’s Head
Ganga means knowledge; knowledge that cleanse your soul. Head is always the symbol of knowledge. Heart(spirit) is the symbol of love.If Ganga were to be truth, it should have come out of the heart of Lord Shiva. It is coming out of the head, because it simply means cognizance.
Significance of Lord Shiva’s Third Eye
Shiva has always been referred to as Triambaka because he has a third eye. The third eye does not mean someone’s forehead broken so that crack appears and something came out! It simply means another aspect of vision has opened up. If your vision has to transform and improve itself, the most important thing is that your energy has to transform and improve itself. The whole process of yoga is to transform and refine your energies in such a way that your vision is and the third eye opens.
Significance of Shiva Linga
Lingam means identification, a symbol through which you can identify what the truth(satya) is, what the reality is. What is not visible but yet can be identified by only one thing, that is lingam. When a baby is born, how do you know whether the infant is a male(manly) or female(womanly)? Only through single part of the body ,you can identify whether this infant is a boy or a girl. That is the reason the genital(biological reproduction) is also called lingam.
Significance of Nandi (Bull) – Vehicle of Lord Shiva
According to Hinduism Bull has been used as a symbol of dharma (righteousness) from a long time, in every part of the world. Lord Shiva riding on the bull is simply means that when you are righteous(free from sin) and truthful, the indefinably large consciousness, the innocent awareness is with you.
Significance of Shiva Tandav
The entire creation is the dance of one consciousness(awareness) . The one consciousness danced and convicted into a billion species in the world. So this countless creation is the dance of Lord Shiva or Shiva Tandava. The entire world is a place of Shiva.
Significance of Chanting ‘Om Namah Shivaya’
om Namah Shivaya is one of the very powerful mantras(hymns of Vedas). It builds the energy in your system(apparatus) and clears the environment. Mantras are those energizing sounds which help to raise the consciousness(awareness).
Om Namah Shivaya, these words are very important because these letters energizes people. ‘Na’, ‘Ma’, ‘Shi’, ‘Va’, ‘Ya’, these five letters indicate the five elements(basic tenets of area of knowledge) – All these five elements are the tenets of knowledge .. Earth(Bhoomi), Water(Jal), Fire(Agni), Air(Vayu) and Ether.Om is the sound of the universe(larger entity). Om means peace(frith) and love.