Shiva strings the seeds of rudraksha around his neck, instead of sowing them under the ground. Thus he prevents germination. Humans are the only creatures for whom reproduction is a choice. Chain of rudraksha beads represents celibacy.
Narayana’s slumber represents a state when the consciousness is totally unresponsive to the world around. So deep is the slumber that Narayana is not even aware of himself. Things have no form or name. Space collapses.
The marriage of Shiva and Shakti transforms both God and Goddess. Linga means phallus. Yoni means womb. A Shiva temple, and by extension the whole world, is the yoni of the Goddess. The Goddess thus draws Shiva’s phallus into the world.
Tapa cleanses the mind, so that it experiences sat-chitta-ananda. It makes the body radiant, youthful and prevents it from aging. Tapasya is the process of lightining this fire. Shiva and his followers were Tapasvins, fire-churning ascetics.
In Asian culture, people greet each other by joining their palms, termed as Namaste. When we greet one another with Namaste, it means, may our minds meet! The real meeting between people is the meeting of their minds!
For Hindus a place of pilgrimage is tirtha. Tirtha is a sacred space that is charged with divine power and purity. It is a place where you can gain nirvana, true enlighment and also achieve moksha, a liberation from the endless cycle of life and death.
Ardhanarishvara symbolizes that the male and female principles are inseparable. The composite form conveys the unity of opposites in the universe. The male half of Ardhanarishvara stands for Purusha and female half is Prakriti.
Hari-Hara is composite form of God Vishnu (Hari) and God Shiva (Hara). Shiva, the ash-smeared ascetic, represents the realized soul who withdraw from the world. Vishnu, the gold-bedecked king, represents the realized soul who participates in the world.
Around us are the goddesses. Within us are the gods. Inside are Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - creating, sustaining and destroying. Outside are Saraswati, Lakshmi and Shakti - enlightening, enriching and empowering.
The Trimurti is a concept in Hinduism in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction are personified by the forms of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer or preserver and Shiva the destroyer or transformer.
Sacred geometry ascribes symbolic and sacred meanings to geometric shapes and proportions. It is associated with the belief that a god is the geometer of the world. The geometry used in the design and construction of religious structures.
The vibration of AUM symbolises the manifestation of God. AUM is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be Adi Anadi, without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists. The mantra AUM is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme.
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