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The psyche is the greatest of all cosmic wonders and the “sine qua non” of the world as an object. It is in the highest degree odd that Western man, with but very few – and ever fewer – exceptions, apparently pays so little regard to this fact. Swamped by the knowledge of external objects, the subject of all knowledge has been temporarily eclipsed to the point of seeming nonexistence.” –Carl G. Jung


Shiva is the god of the yogis, self-controlled and celibate, responsible for change both in the form of death and destruction and in the positive sense of destroying the ego, the false identification with the form. This also includes the shedding of old habits and attachments. Lord Shiva is the destroyer of the world, following Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver, after which Brahma again creates the world and so on.


Lord Shiva is destroying and restoring. Old things are passed away, new things have now come.In the Hindu religion, Shiva (or Siva), is the "One who purifies everyone by the utterance of His name" or the "Pure One". Shiva is one of the Hindu trinity or trimurti, which includes Braham (creator) and Vishnu (preserver). Although he is the lord of destruction, this is a positive aspect since it represents the destruction of evil and since creation follows destruction. Shiva transcends all form and, therefore, can appear in many different forms, such as the lingam or Nataraja (Dancing Shiva). His consort is the beautiful Parvati.


The Shiva Deity distinguishes from all others. The actual image of Shiva is also distinct from other deities: his hair piled high on the top of his head, with a crescent tucked into it and the river Ganges tumbling from his hairs. Around his neck is a coiled serpent representing Kundalini or the spiritual energy within life. He holds a trident in his left hand in which is bound the 'damroo' (small leather drum). He sits on a tiger skin and on his right is a water pot. He wears the 'Rudraksha' beads and his whole body is smeared with ash.


The Story of the Shiva Lingam


Shiva saw no sense in the transitory pleasures of life, so he rejected samsara, smeared his body with ash, closed his eyes and performed austerities.


Shiva's tapas generated so much heat that his body transformed into a pillar of fire - a blazing lingam that threatened to destroy the whole world. The gods did not know how to control Shiva's fire.


Suddenly there appeared a yoni - the divine vessel of the mother-goddess. It caught the fiery lingam and contained its heat, thus saving the cosmos from untimely destruction.


Shiva is often pictured in a pacific mood with his consort Parvati, as the cosmic dancer Nataraja, as a naked ascetic, as a mendicant beggar, as a yogi Dhakshinamurthy, and as the androgynous union of Shiva and Parvati in one body (Ardhanarisvara).


Shiva also takes the form of Ardhanari, his androgynous form. The right side of the sculpture is Shiva and the left side is Parvati. The attributes of each are split directly down the middle.


Another example of Shiva's apparent synthesis of male and female attributes is seen in his earrings. He often wears one earring in the style of a man and the other as a female..


Shiva is commonly depicted with a third eye. The third eye is a symbol of higher consciousness. It is also something with which he can destroy his enemies "with fire." He can also kill all the gods and other creatures during the periodic destruction of the universe. Shiva's third eye first appeared when Parvati, his wife, playfully covered his other two eyes, therefore plunging the world into darkness and putting it in danger of destruction.


On Meditation


Imagine sitting out in the woods on a dark night with clear open skies and only the moon to accompany you. Somewhere deep down within you, you can feel a fire of determination burning. The determination is to invoke Lord Shiva ,to become one with the Infinite Existence. Shiv Namonkar recreates this fiery ambience for a seeker to meditate by chanting the holy shiva mantras and loose oneself in the process.

This meditation technique is called Mantra Meditation in which a seeker to chant a mantra powerfully and gradually enters into silence. Your voice reverberates within a listener right from the beginning of this album, which begins with a slow but powerful chanting of Om Namah Shivay.

 © Philippe L. De Coster, B.Th.,D.D., September 2012




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Self-realization is a concept that has become widely popular in the Western and that has great influence from some Eastern religions. For instance, for the Hindu or Bharat religion self-realization refers to a profound spiritual awakening where there is an awakening from an illusory self identify image (Ego), to the true, divine, perfect condition that the individual is. The branch of Advaita Vedanta is the one that has especially developed this concept.


"True realisation takes place on knowing and seeing God in His transcendental form. It is a metaphysical experience within the human body. The manifestation of inherent divinity is in reality the revelation of the divine self of man. This is not different from the Supreme Self that permeates even the tiniest particle in the universe. It is accessible to all human beings."


True realisation takes place on knowing and seeing God in His transcendental form. It is a metaphysical experience within the human body. The manifestation of inherent divinity is in reality the revelation of the divine self of man. This is not different from the Supreme Self that permeates even the tiniest particle in the universe. It is accessible to all human beings.


It is upon this trans-sensuous experience that we become truly religious.

Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita , "Neither by study of the Vedas nor by austere penance, nor by charity, nor even by rituals can I be seen in my transcendental form, Arjuna". In an earlier verse (4.34), Krishna tells Arjuna that this para- vidya or knowledge of the spirit can be imparted by a wise seer and an illumined soul alone. Such a sadguru does not stuff your mind with prolific description of Atman and Parmatman , but one who takes you beyond the different paths of realisation.


 A mantra is used in religious rituals or chanted in a particular context, producing patterns of vibrations. It is imperative to chant a mantra with correct pronunciations to have a positive effect. Incorrect chanting of a mantra can boomerang and may result in some unhappy situation. A mere chanting of a mantra without knowing its meaning also serves no good, it is just like a body without a soul. The Sanskrit mantras if uttered with proper knowledge of their meaning can work wonders for one's fortune and spiritual enlightenment.



 Prosternation to Lord Shiva

This is a very powerful Mantra, bestowing on the chanter the Highest Bliss of Existence.






Lord Shiva and Sexual Energy





Shiva Devotion and Meditation As It Is


97 pages


That which you need to know for your devotion and meditation practices around the philosophy and spirituality of the Hindu God, the Lord Shiva.


Ce que vous devez savoir pour votre vie dévotionnelle et la pratique de la méditation autour de la philosophie et la spiritualité du dieu hindou, le Seigneur Shiva.


Wat je moet weten voor uw spirituele leven en meditatie praktijken rond de filosofie en de spiritualiteit van de Hindoe God, de Heer Shiva.






 Shri Shiva Chalisa Lyrics


 Shiva Chalisa is a prayer for Lord Shiva - one of the Gods of Hindu trinity, the other two being Brahma and Vishnu. Shiva Chalisa praises the Lord and asks for his help in removing hardships and obstacles in devotee's life. It is said that devotees seeking blessings of Lord Shiva must recite Shiva Chalisa with devotion and sincerity. It is suggested that devotees should focus their mind on Lord Shiva or his image and then recite Shiva Chalisa. Here, Lord Shiva Chalisa is presented along with English Translation for better understanding.




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