Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism (The by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

By Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

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It radiates as divine light, energy and knowing. Out of Paraßiva ever comes Parâßakti, the first manifestation of mind, superconsciousness or infinite knowing. God Íiva knows in infinite, all-abiding, loving superconsciousness. Íiva knows from deep within all of His creations to their surface. His Being is within every animate and inanimate form. Should God Íiva remove His all-pervasive Parâßakti from any one or all of the three worlds, they would crumble, disintegrate and fade away. Íiva’s Íakti is the sustaining power and presence throughout the universe.

24 UPANISHAD 2: GOD AND THE GODS What Are God Íiva’s Traditional Forms? ßloka 20 Our adoration of the one great God Íiva is directed toward diverse images and icons. Primary among them are Íivaliˆga, Na†arâja, Ardhanârîßvara, Dakshi∫âmûrti, Hari-Hara, Bhairava and the trißûla. Aum Nama˙ Íivâya. bhâshya Every form is a form of Íiva. Tradition has given us several of special sacredness. The Íivaliˆga was the first image of Divinity. After it all other icons evolved from mystic visions. We contemplate God Íiva as Paraßiva when we worship the Íivaliˆga.

Aum Nama˙ Íivâya. MAıÎALA 4: OUR SUPREME GOD 21 What Is God Íiva’s Unmanifest Reality? ßloka 17 Paraßiva is God Íiva’s Unmanifest Reality or Absolute Being, distinguished from His other two perfections, which are manifest and of the nature of form. Paraßiva is the fullness of everything, the absence of nothing. Aum. bhâshya Paraßiva, the Self God, must be realized to be known, does not exist, yet seems to exist; yet existence itself and all states of mind, being and experiential patterns could not exist but for this ultimate reality of God.

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