Kali and Gauri are the untamed and domestic forms of the Goddess. One is naked, the other fully dressed.One’s hair is unbound. The other’s is tied with a string of flowers. The form that is Durga stands in between, reconciling the two extreme forms. (more…)
Linga means phallus. Yoni means womb. A Shiva temple, and by extension the whole world, is the yoni of the Goddess.
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. Purusha is the male principle and passive force of the universe, while Prakriti is the female active force; both are “constantly drawn to embrace and fuse with each other, though separated by the intervening axis”. The union of Purusha (Shiva) and Prikriti (Shiva’s energy, Shakti) generates the universe, an idea also manifested in the union of the Linga of Shiva and Yoni of Devi creating the cosmos. (more…)
“That’s what is it. Not this, not that, this too, that too. That’s who we are – ‘Tat tvam asi’.”
God and Goddess.
Purusha and Prakriti.
Observer and observation.
Subject and object. (more…)
THE POINT OF SHIVA & SHAKTI – The Soul
The dot represents the soul, the formless divine within us. Without the point no circle (symbol of universe) can not be drawn and no square (symbol of culture) constructed. Just as the existence of the circle presupposes the existence of the central point, the existence of the world presupposes the existence of a witness of the world – the soul (‘Atma’). (more…)
The vibration of ‘Aum’ symbolises the manifestation of God in form (saguna brahman). ‘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. When taken letter by letter, A-U-M represents the divine energy (Shakti) united in its three elementary aspects: Bhrahma Shakti (creation), Vishnu Shakti (preservation) and Shiva Shakti (liberation, and/or destruction). (more…)