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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Lord Shiva In Phallic Form

Mithun Dey

Many religious people belief is that the Shiva ‘Linga’ stands for the phallus,the symbol of the generative power in nature. “This is not merely a major mistake but also a serious blunder”, Swami Sivananda expressed. In Sanskrit literature, the term ‘Lingam’ transliterated as ‘Linga’ means a symbol or mark. Hence, the Shiva Linga is taken as a symbol of Lord Shiva and a mark that refers to the almighty which is unformed. Shiva Linga talks to the believers in the unique language of silence and it is merely the superficial symbol of the formless being, Lord Shiva is the eternal soul chaired in the chamber of your heart, who is your secret self or 'Atman' and identical with the supreme 'Brahman.'

According to Linga Purana, the foremost Linga is devoid of smell, colour, taste and et al and is talked to as ‘Prakriti’ (Nature) itself. In the verdict period, the Linga made symbolical of the generative power of Lord Shiva. As we know, the Linga stone is like an egg shape which signifies the ‘Brahmanda’. It denotes that the creation is produced by the union of ‘Prakriti’ (nature) and Purusha, the powers of nature of both male and female. Linga also specifies ‘Satya’ (Truth), ‘Gyana’ (Knowledge) and Ananta (Infinity). More, Shiva Linga has three distinct parts which are considered as ‘the lowest one is
called the ‘Brahma Pitha’, the middle one the ‘Vishnu Pitha’ and the topmost one is called the ‘Shiva Pitha’.

There is a strange power in the Linga, to persuade attention of the mind and help focus one's concentration. Thus, the antique sages and soothsayers of India arranged the Shiva Linga to be established in the temples of Lord Shiva.
 The Lord Shiva has been worshipped in phallic form. According to mythology, both the Lord Brahma and Vishnu had once made an argument in regard to their supremacy. The Lord Brahma who is the Creator stated himself to be more honored, on the other, the Lord Vishnu, the Preserver, expressed that he commanded more respect.

Just then, a gigantic 'lingam', known as Jyotirlinga, mantled in flames, emerged before them. Both Brahma and Vishnu were captivated by its rapidly mounting in size. They stopped thinking about their quarrel right away and determined to its size. Vishnu presumed the form of a boar went to the netherworld and Brahma as a swan flew to the skies. But both failed to achieve the self-assumed tasks. Next, The Lord Shiva came out
of the 'lingam' and declared that he was the forebear of both of them. Consequently, he must be worshipped in his phallic figure.

(The article is on Shiva Ratri, falls on 10th of March this year)
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Life is an agricultural land:- What we sow, grows and brings the particular fruits in front of us over time!

 Personal attitude and approach towards life and values decide our destiny.  For Hindus, good karma is usually produced by correctly performing the duties of one's caste, or social class. If a person lives admirably and fulfills the responsibilities of the caste, the soul can be reborn into a higher caste. Hindus also believe that because karma is its own law, it requires no divine interference.

So good begets good and bad begets bad!

In Hinduism, karma is of three kinds:

Prarabadha Karma,Samchita Karma,Agami Karma

Prarabdha Karma.  (accumulative karma)  Karma Siddhantha tells us that it is due to the Prarabdha Karma phala that we are experiencing the fortunes and 
                    misfortunes in this life, Prarabdha Karmas are ripe or fructuous actions.
                    Prarabdha is often translated as destiny.

Sanchita Karma.  (operative karma)  In Hinduism,  is one of the three kinds of karma. It is the sum of one's past karmas – all actions (good and bad) from one's        
                              past life follow through to the next life.
                           Sanchita Karma is our guiding genius for good or evil,  a guide that holds us in leading strings,  that shadows our movement at every pace, & dogs our
                            steps whether we be waking or dreaming.

Agami Karma.  (karma created in future)  New Karma accumulated in the present lifetime which is carried forward into future lives.

when you do good to others something good will happen to you. 
but if you do bad for others bad karma will follow you , It is the nature of the universe. I believe the universe will provide for you the lessons you must learn. The point of the lessons may be very mysterious and confusing... but in the end we make the growth intended for us by the universe... and if we don't we will face the consequences.

When we truly understand the law of action and consequence, we can see that our life is a result of our own moment to moment ignorance of the effects of our actions. We create our own suffering, therefore, we can create our own happiness instead, if we know how.
An individual should know of what he/she is doing in the present as that is definitely going to affect one's future.Destiny keeps altering depending upon karma, though certain
 things remain fixed."


Serve Others After Death

Arjuna, those who are full of worldly desires and devoted to the letter of the Vedas, who look upon heaven, as a supreme goal and argue that there is nothing beyond heaven, are unwise. They utter flowery speech recommending many rituals of various kinds for the attainment of pleasure and with rebirth as their fruit. Those whose minds are carried away by such words, and who are deeply attached to pleasure and worldly power by performing rituals only, cannot attain the determinate intellect concentrated on God.”(Gita-42-44)

 The Gita is nothing but a sneer of the Divine Mind at our foolish theorizing. The fool thinks himself to be the apostle of wisdom. The light of real wisdom is shut out by obstinacy and the foolish theories become a foundation of life. After the death of a person, his kith and kins perform a number of rituals including his cremation. And the large numbers of people do wish, after his death, that his ashes be immersed in the holy rivers, or spread over mountains and the sacred places. Most of the Hindus families perform the ceremonies for thirteen days for the peace of departed soul.

 What happens, if one donates one’s body after death and lets the doctors’ work on it? What about cremation? It is invalid thinking that if the cremation is not done the man will become ghost. We ruin ourselves by sticking to our nicely well knit theories. Nations go to the ruin by their foolhardiness. It will be a great service in fact to donate, after death, one’s organs that will save the life of others. It will be a great service to humanity.

 If one serves in this way after death, one’s atma, soul, shall find a place in the heart of the eternal Lord and one is reborn as an embodiment of mildness and tranquility, it is sure.
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