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Cosmic Dance of Lord Shiva


Written and also arranged from various manuscripts and articles by

Philippe L. De Coster, B.Th., D.D.

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Balancing Eroticism with Meditation


Shiva has always been one of the most fascinating characters of Indian mythology and religious thought. He is mysterious, difficult to pin down and seemingly full of contradictions. He is both the creator – the source of life, appropriately represented as a phallic symbol — as well as the much-celebrated destroyer, stark and severe. He is an alienating and overwhelming ascetic but also the embodiment of the erotic sentiment. In fact, he is a householder par excellence, second perhaps only to Rama, as a worthy husband to first Sati and then Parvati, and a loving father to Kumara.There are two primary myths in the narrative tradition on Shiva that epitomise this dual aspect of his nature. The first concerns the seduction of the great ascetic by Parvati.Engrossed in tapas, Shiva paid no regard to the young maiden visiting his mountain hermitage. The gods watched with interest and concern because, at this time, the demon Taraka had usurped their power and could only be slain by a son born of Shiva. Observing Shiva’s obstinacy, Indra sent Kama to excite him and break his tapas. But Shiva burnt the love God to ashes with a flame emanating from his third eye, thus proving his power over sexual passions. It was only when Parvati embarked on equally rigorous tapas that Shiva relented and allowed himself to be seduced.In the second myth, Shiva appears in disguise before a group of sages who were practising intense asceticism with their wives. Accusing Shiva of seducing their wives, the sages castrate the god. At that point, Shiva reveals himself and teaches the sages to worship his fallen linga.In both these myths, asceticism and eroticism confront each other head-on. While one concept seemingly defeats the other, in reality the two exist side-by-side. These myths seem to mock any attempt to construe them as opposing forces.
This idea is quite common in Sanskrit literature, where tapas is often considered a powerful creative force. The Vedas describe how the One and the world were created through tapas. Similarly, the Kamasutra states that great passion is not born of untamed desire. A successful lover is one who has gained control of his senses and obtains his powers by study and meditation.
In fact, the importance that Hinduism gives to descendants makes it impossible to hold up asceticism as an ideal or, at least, as the sole ideal. While tapas can lead to freedom from rebirth, procreation is essential in order to have one’s last rites performed correctly. Shiva represents the coexistence of the two roles society expected of men — to marry and beget sons but also to seek a union with God. Shiva stands for the idea that it is possible — in fact, necessary — to have both.




Shiva, the Female Symbol


The female symbol is a symbol for the Mother Goddess; she is the life giver (Hebrew: chavvah = EVA) like the female earth, who gives life. Shiva and the Mother Goddess are still present until today in the Kaaba and mostly men (!) worship the black stone inside the female Goddess symbol on a corner on the Kaaba in Mecca, and after a precise washing procedure, they kiss and touch devote the female symbol. Like the Hindus at Mt. Kailash, they turn around seven times the Kaaba. The female part of Shiva is the black Kali, the destroyer of life.


The white Mt. Kailash is a symbol for Shiva, because Shiva is the creator, AND the black destroyer of live. His main symbol is the phallus. He is sitting there on the white Mt. Kailash in timeless meditation with his wife Parvati. As a symbol of lingam and yoni this was not only be worshipped in India, but also by the people in Arabia (Sanskrit: 'Arbab_stahn' - 'Land of horses') long before Mohammed has had his spiritual visions. Now the yoni/lingam symbol in Mina is a place where pilgrims throw little stones to it. But they do no really know, why they do that.


The Shiva male symbol is present in the towers of the Mosques, but was also distributed all over Europe, as the tree in spring, when life begins again in nature, as p.e. in Bavaria in Germany. There wearing then nine year old girl's candles with a serpent, which is also a symbol of Shiva on the 'White Sunday'.

The flying white horse Kalki from the Veda's of India, which is also present in the old stories told about Mohammed, and also in the Nordic myths of Scandinavia as the horse of Odin.




In Me the universe had its origin,

In Me alone the whole subsists;

In Me it is lost-Siva,

The Timeless, it is I Myself,

Sivoham! Sivoham! Sivoham!


Salutations to Lord Shiva , the vanquisher of Cupid, the bestower of eternal bliss and Immortality, the protector of all beings, destroyer of sins, the Lord of the gods, who wears a tiger-skin, the best among objects of worship, through whose matted hair the Ganga flows.


Lord Shiva is the pure, changeless, attributeless, all-pervading transcendental consciousness. He is the inactive (Nishkriya) Purusha (Man). Prakriti is dancing on His breast and performing the creative, preservative and destructive processes.


When there is neither light nor darkness, neither form nor energy, neither sound nor matter, when there is no manifestation of phenomenal existence, Shiva alone exists in Himself. He is timeless, spaceless, birthless, deathless, decayless. He is beyond the pairs of opposites. He is the Impersonal Absolute Brahman. He is untouched by pleasure and pain, good and evil. He cannot be seen by the eyes but He can be realised within the heart through devotion and meditation.


Shiva is also the Supreme personal God when He is identified with His power. He is then omnipotent, omniscient active God. He dances in supreme joy and creates, sustains and destroys with the rhythm of His dancing movements.


He destroys all bondage, limitation and sorrow of His devotees. He is the giver of Mukti or the final emancipation. He is the universal Self. He is the true Self of all creatures. He is the dweller in the cremation-ground, in the region of the dead, those who are dead to the world.


The Jivas and the world originate from Him, exist in Him, are sustained and rejected by Him and are ultimately merged in Him. He is the support, source and substratum of the whole world. He is an embodiment of Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Bliss. He is Satyam, Sivam, Subham, Sundaram, Kantam.


He is the God of gods, Deva-Deva. He is the Great Deity-Mahadeva. He is the God of manes (Prajapati). He is the most awe-inspiring and terrifying deity, Rudra, with Trisul or trident in His hand. He is the most easily pleased (Asutosha). He is accessible to all. Even the untouchable Chandalas and the illiterate rustics can approach Him.


He is the source of all knowledge and wisdom. He is an ideal Yogi and Muni. He is the ideal head of an ideal family with Uma as his devoted wife, Lord Subrahmanya, the brave general of strength and courage, Lord Ganesa, the remover of all obstacles.


© November 2012 Gita Society of Belgium – Satsang, Ghent, Belgium



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Gita Society of Belgium (Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi)




Short Biography of the the


Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi


“The Sage of Arunachala”
30th Dec. 1879 to 14th April 1950


Almost since the writer of this manuscript had a computer in 1990, and discovered on Internet a little later Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi had in some way been a devotee of the Guru ever since, bought books and downloaded everything he may have found on the Sage of Arunachala.


Throughout the history of mankind spiritual world saviours have appeared on very rare occasions to exemplify the Highest Truth. Guiding followers by their conduct in every moment of their lives; Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi was such a giant and saint. Unique for our time, He perfectly embodied the ultimate truth of Self-realisation, or complete absorption in the Supreme Itself.


Drawn from His home by the power of Arunachala at the age of sixteen, he remained at Its feet throughout the rest of His life and became known as the Sage of Arunachala.


He wrote very little, but is known to have translated and corrected a number of important works for the benefit of devotees. He preferred to communicate through the power of overwhelming Silence, a silence so deep and powerful that it stilled the minds of ardent seekers who were attracted to Him from all over the world.


Silence is preparation for the Supreme’s examination. Man comes to know the Supreme’s Hour only when he observes silence, only when he dives deep within. Sri Ramana Maharsi practised silence every moment of his life, and perfectly knew when the Supreme’s Hour was going to strike. Indeed, the victory that one achieves in the universe of silence is eternal.


Although preferring silence, He was always willing to answer the questions of sincere aspirants and never failed to guide them in the right direction. He always looked deep within, and just answered the questions.


His highest teaching of “Self-enquiry” (vichara) was understood in the infinite silence of his presence. Through this silence, countless numbers of devotees and visitors experienced the pure bliss of True Being. That same experience of perfect peace is still available to sincere souls who turn to him and practice his teachings with devotion.


In the silence, the liberation of the will follows on the liberation in knowledge and is its dynamic consequence; it is the knowledge that purifies, it is the truth that liberates: evil is the fruit of spiritual ignorance and it will disappear only by the growth of a spiritual consciousness and the light of spiritual knowledge. This is the first step to self-realisation, to enthrone the Higher Self Within (the Soul), the divine psychic individual in the place of the ego. The next step is to become aware of the eternal self in each of us, unborn and one with the self of all beings.


The act of silence and perfect grace can be experienced anywhere, but it is especially palpable at the foot of the holy Arunachala Hill, a hill that has attracted saints and sages for thousands of years. The Maharshi's teaching of “Self-enquiry” (Pure Advaita) is simplicity itself, requiring no outward formalities, no outer change of life, only a simple change in “point of view” and a sustained effort on the part of the seeker and devotee. The goal is no heaven or hell after death or a faraway ideal, but rather the removal of the ignorance that prevents us from knowing that we are eternally One with our Source, the Supreme Self, or the Absolute. It is an experience that happens NOW! All that is required is a sincere effort, which earns us the necessary grace.


On his deathbed the Maharshi told his grieving devotees, "You say I am going away, but where can I go? I am always here. You give too much importance to the body." His promise of a “continued presence” is daily being experienced by numerous devotees around the world, and it is that experience of “continued presence” that has inspired many to devote themselves to the path of peace and love.


Each spiritual experience is a step forward to self-realisation. And, each spiritual experience gives one additional confidence in oneself.  Also, each experience fortunate or unfortunate is a spiritual experience, encouraging and energising one to march farther, giving enormous satisfaction. While having experiences of all kind, good and bad, remember, that you ,may always feel the Presence of an Invisible Guide within you, pushing you forward towards the Goal. Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharsi still helps you in this. Your expanding consciousness, as you grow into the Supreme, is itself a solid experience.


Deep within us divinity is crying to come to the fore. There the divine soldiers are our simplicity, sincerity, purity, humility and the feeling of oneness. These soldiers are more than ready and eager to fight with fear, doubt, anxiety and worry. Unfortunately, we are not consciously identifying ourselves with the divine soldiers. We are consciously or even unconsciously identifying ourselves with the physical soldiers, and that is why world peace is still even today a far cry. World peace can be achieved, revealed, offered and manifested on planet Earth when the divine power of love replaces the carnal love of power.


© Philippe L. De Coster, B.Th., D.D. – Gita Satsang, Ghent, Belgium.


Two works of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharsi on two important subjects:


Self Enquiry (Vicharasangraham)


Who I am (Nan Yar?)


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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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