We are all aware of the spiritual power of Shiva. In this blog we will learn more about Shiva Tattva.
Shiva is the lord of meditation and therefore the lord of awakening. Shiva Tattva means to be awakening. Shivratri is thus an occasion to awaken one’s self from all sorts of slumber. It signifies being aware of everything you have and being grateful about it. Be grateful for the happiness which leads to growth, and also for sadness which gives a depth to life. For the pious, the following method of Shiva worship is advisable – sit down in lotus posture, do some Pranayam to stabilize your breath, then indulge in Dhyana, followed by chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya”. Also, it is the greatest mantra and the devout should drown himself in its Kirtan. Worshipping Shiva leads to fulfillment of a devotee’s wishes.
There are certain days and time frames in a year that enhance one’s mental and spiritual faculties. In such times, whatever one wishes, materializes. Shivaratri is one such day. All this is very scientific. The meaning of Kailasa (legendary abode of Shiva in Himalayas) is celebration. So where there is happiness and celebration, Shiva is present. Whether in Sanyasa or Sansara, you can’t escape Shiva. Feeling his presence all the time is the essence of Shivaratri. That is the real Sanyasa. No worship is complete without offering something to the deity. Shiva is a very simple lord, he is innocent – Bholanath. One just needs to offer bel-patra to him. But in this simplicity is a deep message. Bel-Patra offerings signify the surrender of all three aspects of one’s nature -Tamas, Rajas and Sattva. You have to surrender the positives and negatives of your life to Shiva and become carefree!
The greatest offering is your self. To offer one’s self is the key to happiness in life. After all, why do you get sad? It is mainly because you are not able to achieve something in life. At such times you should surrender everything to the all knowing God. The greatest power is in surrender to the divine. It’s like a drop owning the ocean. If a drop remains separate, it will perish. But when it becomes the ocean, it is eternal!
Your true nature is Shiva and also, Shiva is peace, infinity, beauty and the non-dual One. Ratri means “to take refuge.” Shivaratri is taking refuge in Shiva.
Shivam, Shantam, Advaitam:-
Shiva means your very Self your innermost core, the purest Self. Shanta is quiet, peaceful, very innocent. Advaita is non-dual, only One. So, Shiva means good, benevolent, Ratri means that which gives rest, takes you into its lap and comfort. Night is always comforting, all activities have stopped, everything is quiet, peaceful, environment becomes quiet, body gets tired, goes to sleep. Shivaratri — a rest which is so deep. When the mind rests with the Divine, that is the real rest, only in the Divine lap.
Any meditation we do on this day has a manifold effect, for this is the day when spirit touches the earth.
The first sound when creation manifested was Om. The second sound was So Hum. The third sound was Om Namah Shivaya.
By chanting Om Namah Shivaya, it is said that one gets rid of all the sins. Even if one has never chanted the Om Namah Shivaya mantra, it is worth just listening to it and soaking in it. It is Mantra Snanam (bathing in Mantra). It elevates the consciousness.
Shiva Tattva is something that is total, complete. If you see Shiv ji then, he is sitting in meditation, immersed in meditation and also you see him doing Tandav. He is innocent and he is having the knowledge of three lokas (Trilok Gyani), he is a guru also. He is a beggar as well as eshwar, master of everyone. Is it possible that one can be both – master of everybody and beggar at the same time. We can find this in only Shiva tattva. That’s why he is ‘Har’ – (jo har ek mein hain) one who is there in each and everyone. (jo har jage hota hain woh har hain) – one who is present in every place. “Har” means everything. Who is pervading every place, who is there in everyone, in all forms.
It’s Said in the Upanishads:
“Shivam shantam, advaitam, chaturtam, mannyante sa aatma sa vigyeya.” Shiva is, shanta – which is quite, advait – which is non-dual, there is no other of it; chaturth – which is the fourth state – it’s not awake, nor dreaming or nor sleeping (shushukti). It’s not sleep, not dream nor awakened state. That which is beyond these three is called “Shiva avastha”. When you are in meditation, you are in this state – you are not awake, You are not sleeping and you are not dreaming also. But there is something pleasant.
That fourth state is called shiva avastha, shiva tattva. Shivam, shantam, advaitam, chaturtam, fourth state, it’s auspicious state; manyante sa atma sa vigyeya – that is atma (Soul) and you are that, once you reach the position of only your aatma, your soul then you say – “Shivoham Shivoham”. “aham aham” means “me, me”, when the person soul melts after going inside Shiva , then he stops saying ‘I’ and says “Shivoham Shivoham” meaning I am Shiva. Shiva is me. The ever new existence (satta) of the consciousness that is shiva satta. You start experiencing that.
And some days, the experience of shiva tattva is very easy. Also, like on Purnima and Amavasya, the mood of mind fluctuates as the moon waxes or wanes. It’s said that the mental diseases increase during purnima and amavsya. So in the same way, on pradosh, or Mondays the wakeful state of Shiva tattva is more.
That which is always(Nitya) and which is (Shashwat), that is Shiva Tattva. It’s beautiful in the Shloka:
“Namami shamishaan nirvana rupam, vibhum vyapakam brahma veda swaroopam.”
Which is in the form of veda, means in form of knowledge; vibhum vyapakam – that is all pervading. So it is said it is nija also, nirgun also, sagun also, all gunas are there in it, everything is there. After saying this then they say “you can’t describe it, now keep quiet. How much will you talk? How much will you describe?” “Chidakasham akasha vasi…” That ‘chid’ chaitanya also, how is it? It’s not a flame or not any object also, the chidakash, it’s the sky. It’s pervading all the chidakash, the form of chidakash. Akashvat. That’s why Shiv Ji is always blue paint in picture.
It’s not that he was blue colour, it means blue like the sky. And moon on the head, and how is the jata like whole digambar all the digmandal is the jata. There, moon is also inside him. Everything is inside him. So All the ghosts, dead, devil, everything was included in his gana. Nothing was left out of him. It’s not possible also. They say that Shivaji’s procession. All types of people are there. So in this world, there are all types of people, all belong to that supreme soul. There is no one else here. It’s said “Sarvam shivamayam jagat”. This whole world is Shivamaya.
The strength (Shakti) of Shiva is called as Devi Shakti. Finally, Shiva Tattva can’t stay without Shakti.
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