Nature has its way of providing for balance in this Creation. For every aspect there exists an equal and opposite. Darkness is nothing but absence of Light. Similarly, Silence is nothing but the absence of Sound. It is only the duality in nature, the co-existence of positive and negative that gives meaning to the existence of the whole.
What if at any given time, there exists the entire positive and negative? Then the two will balance each other out completely resulting in a shunya, and yet it is poorna
or complete. In other words, there would be everything yet nothing. The only form that could fit such a description is the formless - Nirakaar, Para Brahma. This is the swaroop
of Shiv. In the words of Shankaracharya, 'Na Punyam Na Paapam Na Saukhyam Na Dukham, Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham.'
What then is the dancing male form, or the half-man-half-woman, or a sadhu
clad in loin cloth with body smeared in bhasma? Are Natraj, Ardhnareshwar
a myth? Let us dwell upon the infinite energy that is Shiv, lets go back to the beginning of Creation…
When Creation began, there existed just one supreme consciousness that manifested as Adi Shakti. From her emerged anything and everything; from her emerged Shiv.
in all her glory then chose to be the consort of Shiv
or Parvati. While the entire Creation (including Shiv) draws its energy from Shakti, Shakti
is just pure energy that needs a vehicle to channelize itself. The complete evolution thus becomes union of the two, Ardhanareshwar
who granted half his body to Shakti.
This evolution is seen as awakening of Kundalini
in humans. The process involves rising up through the chakras, what rises up being Kundalini
or Shakti, a semi-dormant force residing at the base chakra. For this to happen, Shiv
seated at the highest chakra
has to come down and unite with Shakti
at every subsequent chakra. The Samudra Manthan
where both amrit
were produced during the churning of the ocean is nothing but the awakening of Kundalini.
is the union of Shiv-Shakti
that bestows salvation. The vish
or venom produced as an equal and opposite necessitates the role of the Guru
in evolution. It was Shiv
who took in all the vish
and preserved it in his throat, for maintaining the balance, for the existence of amrit, for facilitating evolution. In this sense, Guru
too is not separate from Paramguru Shiv.
then becomes the transformer, the granter of salvation, 'dev-adi-dev Mahadev'. The first experience of this all-pervasive energy of Shiv
lies in closing the eyes. When the eyes are shut, one experiences a vast limitless expanse of space, the chittakaash, wherein lies everything perceivable and unperceivable. Strangely though there exists no space between the eye and eyelid. That is, there is everything yet nothing.
The night of Mahashivratri
has a special significance as the energy patterns of this day resonate with the energy of Shiv. For a spiritual aspirant this is the night of Sanatan Kriya
and mantra sadhna. The Guru, who monitors the shishya
at every step, gives him a specific mantra
to practice at the right muhurat
(time) on this night. The amazing psychic experiences that follow bring results worth the effort of several lifetimes, in just one night.
Har Har Mahadev.