In the Hindu pantheon, Shiva is one of the divine beings in the Divine trinity composed by Brahma, Vishnu and Himself. Everyone is speaking one of the three parts of the Divine is the Creator, the Sustainer, and separately the Destroyer of the Universe. Shiva is said to live in Svarloka, the domain of divine beings and demi-divine beings managed by Indra, the best among them.
Shiva, as recognized from Parama-Shiva, relates to that part of an ultimate Reality which is pure awareness, pure subject, absolute I, without even the scarcest idea of “I am” or “I am this” or “I am here.”
In his Tantra-Loka, Abhinava Gupta alludes to Shiva as “the Mother and the Father of the Universe.” Shiva is the seed or birthplace of the multidimensional universe. He offers to all other ontological classes. However, there is no duality in Shiva since he is completely drenched in ecstatic association with Shakti.
However, to see appropriately this original idea of Tantrism, which is the manly rule – Shiva, we should think back towards the roots of Tantra.
Tantrism enjoy suddenly massive popularity among philosophers and theologians just as among “practitioners” (yogis, assets, and so forth.), its distinction arriving at the social strata. All incredible Hindu religions have in this manner acclimatized Tantra in one form or another. This procedure had started a considerable number of years beforehand, during the Arian civilization and during the blending of the different coinciding customs (Dravidian, etc.).
The legend says that during these inflaming occasions a great man was born, named Sadashiva. His name signifies “the person who devoted his life to the prosperity of his colleagues.” Sadashiva, known as Shiva, was an outstanding spiritual teacher or Guru. He was the person who initially offered humanity a systematic presentation of sheer religious thought. As the legend goes, he is the one to set the premise of spiritual dance and music in India and is therefore referred to likewise as NATARAJA, The God of Cosmic Dance.
Besides, the real founder of Hindu customary medicine and furthermore the supplier of a framework and knowledge in this field (bearing the name Vadyak Shastra) is in any case, Shiva.
Shiva assumed a critical job in the social territory too. He is the creator of the arrangement of marriage, where the two partners acknowledge equivalent duties, dismissing position, or network. Shiva himself originated from a mixed family and through his union with an Arian princess helped a great deal in binding together the warring groups in India around then. The Hindu sage Sri Shankar, master in studies and research on Tantrism, thinks about Shiva as a real father of human civilization.
Be that as it may, Shiva’s most significant commitment to the advancement of a truly spiritual civilization represents the idea of DHARMA. DHARMA is a Sanskrit word deciphered actually as “innate characteristics.” What might be the inner personality of a person? Shiva clarified that people look for and long for joy placed beyond that started in the fulfillment of the senses. The undeniable point of all human beings, whether mindful of this or not, is to get total harmony and freedom, limitless information and spiritual beatitude.
Shiva’s thoughts were transmitted orally at first, then in written form. Parvati, his significant other used to ask him inquiries on the topic raised by the spiritual practice he taught.
The tantras (writings, works which present the tantric way of thinking and practice) are in reality the dialogues between Shiva and his significant other Parvati. There are dialogues in which Parvati asks questions spiritual matters and Shiva offers divine answers.
The tantras are divided into two high categories:
- The theoretical standards of the tantric system. Tantric way of thinking and originations on various issues are to be found in the writings named NIGAMA.
- The practices through which the proposed aims may be attained; the different methods, techniques, and procedures are to be found in the writings named AGAMA.
A considerable lot of these antique compositions were lost for good, and others are harmed by time. Rather others are confused by the mundane because their coded text meant to hide the tantric secrets from the eyes of the unknowledgeable. This is also one explanation behind which the concepts and fundamentals of Tantra have not been decoded up to our days.
Some portion of Shiva’s lessons were lost. The different parts were spread on vast zones, being absorbed in various ways and under multiple forms in the customs and local schools.
Every Hindu devotee followed his very own way. It was indicated by their internal aspiration, picking spiritual current, which suggested the love of one of these three divine gods.
Thus, Tantrism and Yoga are specially arranged towards the worship of Shiva and are hence called Shivaits, and this spiritual current is named Shaiva. Others have turned towards the religion of Vishnu, named Vaishnava.
We should in any case cautiously recognize the difference between the spiritual currents and restricting spiritual flows, which isn’t the situation of Shaivism and Vaishnavism. Some western examinations have submitted the mistake of sustaining the idea that they were opposites. That there were battles between the two sects. The Western searcher ought to appropriately understand that for the Hindu, Shiva and Vishnu speak to two integral parts of Brahma, The Creator. The first of these two divine beings, Shiva represents the destructive, changing and emphasizing the standard of the eternal Creation, while the latter – the animating, conservative principle, which keeps up the Creation in its entirety.
Sadly, these days Tantra appears to the vast majority as an ominous, unbreakable and controversial mystery. It owns several misunderstanding and misinterpretations. It happened in the brains of a portion of the “reputed” Western specialists of Tantra.
The Tantrics (that is the specialists of Tantra) and the Yogis (the professionals of Yoga) have a place with the Shaivist current. The part of the Ultimate Reality as the Transformer. The renewer of an interminably vivacious, effervescent Creation suited best to their spiritual quest and ardor.
Shaivism presents Shiva as blessed with every one of the traits of the Supreme Divinity, and consequently, He is the Supreme Creator. His symbolic portrayal while performing the tandav dance of Creation is an iconographic theme which is quite rich in symbolism. It offers us a thought regarding the musicality of life of the entire Creation, and too of its destruction. We will talk about these angles in detail further on.
The name Shiva connotes “the great and the kind.” Incomprehensibly, He is the assigned God of destruction, yet this must not be comprehended as the destroyer of individual, however the destroyer of ignorance and corruption in human nature. Thus, he is a limitlessly benevolent power as He quickly throws away the controlling ignorance and enables the humans to think about His radiance.
To learn more about us and to dive deep in the sphere of tantra, check https://tantranectar.com/ today and learn about upcoming workshops and retreats!