Shiva the First Teacher: Lessons from his life
As today is the auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri. One of the major festivals in India and for all the shiv bhakts. But do we know, that Lord Shiva has been considered as one of the first teachers in ancient and mythological histories of India.
Apart from all the religious grounds, thereâs a lot more about SHAIVISM and teachings of Lord Shiva. Letâs come together and learn more about the first teacher of the mass-population in India.
In many temples of south India, it is common to find the image of Shiva seated under a banyan tree facing south This image is called Dakshinamurti, or the south-facing image. It presents Shiva as the teacher of teachers.
As in most images of Shiva, this form shows a hooded serpent around his neck and a moon on his matted locks. He has male earrings on the right side and female earrings on the left side. This reveals his comfort at three levels: first, with masculinity and femininity; second, with mind and matter; and third, with the world of names and forms, and the world of namelessness and formlessness.
There are much more specific details about Shivaâs postures and movements which has a deep meaning for gender equality, emotional and practical relationships of a human being with this world.
Maha Shivaratri was the day when Shiva drank poisonous negativity to protect the world. As this festival is all about the journey of coming out from your fears. So, letâs celebrate this festival of fearlessness and be more active and more adventurous in your life. Whatever may come or the situation may be but never compromise with self-respect and how to fight back with injustice, taking examples from incidents of his life we can learn these values by heart.
Maha Shivaratri marks the end of the winter season and the arrival of spring. Buds of higher inner values will blossom and the darker sides will shed down. Shiva teaches us that all the anxieties, peer pressures of performances and doubts on our own actions are just a matter of thought and anyone who can absorb the calmness and dignity of Lord Shiva would lead his/her life with more easiness.
Shiva is offered special food made from the fruits of the season, root vegetables, and coconuts, during ritual worship. No special arrangements and nothing fancy his worship demands. Lord Shiva always pays attention to live on minimal requirements, by taking his life as an example people can inspire to be simple in their living hood.