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Who Is Lord Shiva?



Lord Shiva, also known as Shankar Bhagwan, is one of the three deities who govern all living beings in our local universe. He embodies "Tamas guna," while his brothers, Lord Brahman, represent "Rajas guna," and Lord Vishnu embodies "Sattva guna." Shiva is responsible for the dissolution and destruction aspect.


Shiva has a wife Parvati and two sons, namely Lord Kartekaya and Lord Ganesh. Their realm is called "Shivlok or Sivalok."


SadaShiva is a higher aspect of Shiva. SadaShiva's consort is the goddess MahaGayatri, a form of Parvati often known as Manonmani in Agamic texts. Mount Kailash is held as SadaShiva's abode and the gateway from BrahmaJyoti to ParBrahmanda, where ParamShiva abides.


ParamShiva is the highest aspect of Shiva in Shaiva Siddhanta and in Kashmir Shaivism. Below him are the primordial Shiva with the Parashakti and SadaShiva with seven Shaktis.


ParamShiva (Shiva) Path is one of the 10 main ParBrahmanda Paths for the Souls to traverse on the way to the True Divine Home.


Kashmiri Shaivism describes how reality, with all of its diversity and fluctuation, is the play of the single principle, ParamShiva. The two aspects of this single reality are inseparably united: Shiva and Shakti. ParamShiva appears as the world through his creative power, Shakti.


In terms of Body Chakras, Lord Shiva resides in the "Heart Lotus" within the body, which has 12 petals. He often remains in meditation (God meditating? We will explore this further as we continue reading).


The Father of Lord Shiva


The origins of Lord Shiva's father are shrouded in mystery. Surprisingly, Lord Shiva (The lowest form of Shiva) has parents. His father is Brahm (Kaal), and his mother is Goddess Durga.


We have often heard that Lord Shiva is Almighty, capable of anything, managing the entire universe. However, this is far from the truth.


To verify this, refer to the holy book Shri Shiv Purana, Vidhveshwar Samhita, Pages 24 to 26, and Rudra Samhita, Adhyay 6, 7, and 9 on pages 100 to 105 and 110. These texts reveal that Shankar Bhagwan was born like us and he has parents.

Is Lord Shiva Immortal?


No, he is not! Although it may seem strange that a deity we consider GOD can die, this is a hard truth. After examining the facts, you will have to accept it.


In Shrimad Devi Bhagwat, published by Gita Press Gorakhpur, Skandh 3, Page 123, Lord Vishnu tells his mother Durga that he, Lord Brahma, and Shankar all die and are reborn. This clearly indicates that Lord Shiva is not immortal. However, his lifespan is significantly longer than ours. This is just one reference, and there are many other authentic proofs supporting this, proving that Lord Shiva is not Almighty and is subject to the cycle of birth and death.

The Age of Lord Shiva


According to authentic holy books, Lord Shiva's age is 49 X 100 "Divine years" = 4900 "Divine years" = 15,240,960,000,000,000 earth years (15 quadrillion 240 trillion 960 billion years). This information is provided by Almighty God in his Vani.

How Can Lord Shiva Help Us?


Lord Shiva can assist us to a certain extent. For example, reciting the mantra "Om Namah Shivayah" may help us align with the Shiva Path and rise upwards to the higher aspects of Shiva, i.e., SadaShiva and ParamShiva.


A supreme force, Sat Purush, determines when Lord Shiva is born and when he dies. After his death, another virtuous soul takes his place, continuing the cycle. To understand this better, think about our daily lives. Imagine a town mayor is our friend. He can help us with tasks within his authority, but if something requires the President's approval, our friend can't help.


The same applies to Lord Shiva. He can't grant us benefits that only the Almighty Sat Purush can. For example, if our time of death has come, Lord Shiva can't change that, and neither can anyone else except the Almighty!


Lord Shiva Is Not the Supreme God


From what you have read so far, you might have realized that Lord Shiva is not the Almighty. To reinforce this, let's look at a real incident documented in our holy scriptures. In this story, Shankar Bhagwan couldn't understand what his devotee Bhasmasura was thinking and had to flee for his life. You can read the full story in the next section, which is well-known among Hindu devotees. However, we often don't question why Lord Shiva, whom we consider Almighty, seemed helpless. It's important to note that Sat Purush is Almighty!


Lord Shiva and Bhasmasura Story


There was a devotee named Bhasmagiri who worshipped Lord Shiva for 12 years in Sheershaasan (headstand). He bound Lord Shiva with a promise and obtained a bhasmkanda (a bracelet that turns someone into ashes when placed on their head and the word 'Bhasm' is said). Bhasmagiri's plan was to kill Lord Shiva and marry Parvati, Shiva's wife. After obtaining the bhasmkanda, he tried to kill Lord Shiva.


Lord Shiva ran in fear, and Bhasmagiri chased him. Then Lord Vishnu appeared as Parvati in front of Bhasmagiri. In this form, Lord Vishnu asked Bhasmagiri to dance. While dancing, Lord Vishnu made Bhasmagiri place his hand with the bhasmkanda over his own head and say "Bhasm," turning Bhasmagiri into ashes. From that day, Bhasmagiri became known as Bhasmasura, a demon.


This story shows that Lord Shiva is not supreme because he had to run for his life. The Almighty never fears for his life.


Conclusion


Lord Shiva can assist us to a certain extent. For example, to align with the Shiva Path and rise upwards to the higher aspects of Shiva, i.e., SadaShiva and ParamShiva.


ParamShiva (Shiva) Path is one of the 10 main ParBrahmanda Paths for the Souls to traverse on the way to the True Divine Home.


As we have seen, Lord Shiva (The lowest form of Shiva) is one of the Trimurti and is in a cycle of birth and death. He worships another Supreme God, Sat Purush, and sometimes fears other powers, like Bhasmagiri. Therefore, he is not someone to be worshipped as the Almighty. The Supreme God Sat Purush is not in the cycle of birth and death, fears no one, created everything, and can do anything.


One God who has all these qualities is Almighty Sat Purush and his emanation, Sant Kabir Das. Yes, the same Kabir whom we thought was just a saint, poet, and poor weaver of Kashi.

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