Shivling meaning : What is Shivling and Shivling story

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Shiva Linga- Meaning of Shivling

Shivling meaning as per scriptures: Shivling story & the reason for celebrating Shivratri

The story that explains the Shivling meaning is recited in Shiv Purana and explains a very deep truth. Shivling – also known as Shiva LingaShiv ling, Sanskrit लिङ्गं liṅgaṃ.

Ignorant minds will always distort its significance and interpret Shivling meaning incorrectly.  Lack of knolwedge leads to people relating Shivling meaning to a tamasic interpretation. It is important for people to understand the profound meaning in the Shivling story that explains the truth that the ever compassionate Lord Shiva offers, by being worshipped in the form of Shivling.

The stories told in the scriptures are told to make the human mind interpret the truth better. Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu are parts of the same consciousness.  A lot of information distorting Shivling meaning is present over the media and internet. The best place to understand Shivling meaning is to refer to the Shiva Purana.

The story that explains Shivling meaning:

The story in the Shiv Purana that explains Shivling meaning is as follows and the significance of worshipping Shivling is explained at the end of the story.

Once the noble souls Brahma and Vishnu had an argument about who was more supreme. The argument escalated and both of them got ready for battle. The fight began and all the Gods were eclipsed by fear. Vishnu in great fury discharged the Mahesvara weapon over Brahma. Brahma retaliated and aimed the Pasupata weapon at the chest of Vishnu. The weapons rose high and created a brilliance similar to that of ten thousand suns, while a violent gust of wind disoriented the Gods. The two weapons of Brahma and Vishnu faced each other, ready for a clash. At that moment, Vishnu and Brahma were agitated and the Gods were frantic in a state of panic, feeling helpless. The Gods immediately sought the refuge of Shiva.

The three-pointed-trident- bearing deity is Shiva and he is the cause of creation, maintenance, annihilation, concealment and blessing. Shiva them appeared in the battlefield. The two weapons of Brahma and Vishnu faced each other, their flames enough to cause the untimely dissolution of the world.

Shiva then took the form of a huge column of fire and placed himself in between the two weapons hurled by Brahma and Vishnu. The Mahesvara and the Pasupata weapons fell into the huge column of fire and dissolved immediately. A silence prevailed in the battlefield.

Both Brahma and Vishu were distracted by this wonderful pillar like column of fire, that extended vertically without any end in sight.

They forgot about their fight and Brahma asked Vishnu, “What is this wonderful form? What is this column of fire that has risen up?”

Vishnu replied, “This column of fire is beyond the senses. We have to find its top and bottom. Nothing will turn up if we travel together.”

Jointly deciding to inquire into the nature of this mysterious column of fire, the two noble souls decided to split up. Vishnu assumed the form of a boar and went in search of the root. Brahma took the form of a swan and went up in search of the top. Vishnu pierced the earth and the netherworld, and still went further below, but he could not find the bottom. Brahma soared through the sky and atmosphere and still went further up, but he could not find the top. Both Brahma and Vishnu, after getting utterly exhausted, returned to the battlefield.

Then the column of fire split and from between it appeared Shiva. Seeing the visible form of Shiva that was known to them, both Vishnu and Brahma revered him and offered their obeisance. Once they had understood the nature of the infinite column of fire, they remembered their true nature and stood there humbly, embarrassed at their agitation that had almost brought the world to an end.

Both Brahma and Vishnu adored Shiva, and gratified at their devotion, Shiva spoke, “Henceforth this day will be famous as “Sivaratri”, the holiest of holy days pleasing to me. Devotees who are keen on acquiring me can worship me either as the ShivLing which will be represent the infinite form of the column of fire, or worship my idol in the embodied form of Shiva. I will bless them both.”

Shivling meaning

In Hinduism, the supreme consiousnness of Brahaman is the supreme diety and all gods emerge from him. In that consciousness, Shiva is that supreme God, who has two forms: manifest(visible as idol/shivling) and unmanifest (beyond forms representing the pillar of consiousness).

Shiva is ever compassionate and takes these forms to appease to both the kind of devotees: the pleasure seeker and the salvation seeker. No other God has two forms.
Hence Shiva’s form is both manifest and unmanifest in view of him being the pure consciousness and also the embodied form that will bestow blessings for getting desires fulfilled.

 

When you worship Shivling you are worshipping the nameless and formless column of fire that appeared between Vishnu and Brahma to preserve the equilibrium between all the three worlds. The Shivling is a small form that represents the huge column of fire that appeared.

When you worship Shivling, you worship Shiva who is indivisible, all-pervading, eternal, auspicious, ever-pure, immortal essence of this vast universe, who is the undying soul seated in the chambers of one’s heart, also known as the Self or Atman.

When you worship Shivling, you are worshipping that pure form of consciousness that is the cause of creation of all.

Significance of Worshipping Shivling

The scriptures explain the secret in the story. The wise know that Brahma represents the mind, and Vishnu represents the Prana or life force that sustains you. Whenever the mind and life-force are agitated, the individual feels helpless and the senses lose hope or get out of control. In such a case, Shiva represents that wisdom that is beyond mental construct (brought about by ego) and beyond breath control (brought about by yoga and meditation) which can restore equilibrium between the mind and the prana, thus taking you in state of peace, happiness and bliss.

 

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Goddess Lakshmi story: How to attract Goddess Lakshmi

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The Story of Goddess Lakshmi

Goddess Lakshmi Story: How to attract Goddess Laxmi, Hindu Goddess of weath and prosperity.

Goddess Lakshmi story
Goddess Lakshmi

Every God and Goddess has a profound significance in Hinduism which is captured in the ancient scriptures. In recent times, Goddess Lakshmi or Goddess Laxmi or Sri Mahalakshmi (Mother Lakshmi) is equated only with wealth and worshiped only for financial stability.

To attract Goddess Lakshmi it is important to understand how to seek the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. We have to refer to Brahamavaivarta and Vishnu Puranas to understand the story of Goddess Lakshmi.

Goddess Lakshmi story from the puranas

The story starts with a meeting between Sage Durvasa and Lord Indra. Sage Durvasa as a mark of respect offers a garland of flowers to Lord Indra. The king of Gods, Lord Indra who is seated on his elephant, Airavata, takes the garland of flowers and places it on the forehead of the elephant. The elephant takes the garland and throws it down on the earth.

The chief of sages Durvasa, angry at this disrespectful treatment of his gift, proclaims to the King of Gods, “Inflated with the intoxication of power and in your arrogance, you have not respected the garland which was the dwelling of the Goddess of fortune. You have not bowed in front of me and like you have cast the garland to the ground in your excessive pride, your kingdom will also be ruined.”

The first lesson in this story is that Lakshmi, the Goddess of fortune forsakes even the Gods themselves if they become arrogant.

Sage Durvasa walks away and Indra returns to his capital Amravati. The changes in Amravati, as defined in Vishnu Purana, following Durvasa’s curse are as follows- the gods & people lose their vigour and energy, all the vegetable products and plants start dying, men stop doing charity, minds become corrupted, people start engaging in excessive sensory pleasures, men and women started getting excited by objects, desires become uncontrollable and everyone leads a bewildered existence.

The second lesson in Goddess Lakshmi story is that the Goddess is not solely about material wealth. When the Goddess of Fortune forsakes someone, it leads to inability to perform good deeds, lack of energy and vigor, hunger, poverty, lack of mental peace, lack of will power and a meaningless existence.

With the Gods getting feeble in Amravati, the Asuras or the demons invaded the Gods and defeated them. It is said that the Gods and Demons reside in us and are representative of the good and evil within us. With Goddess Lakshmi’s blessings missing, the tamasic element dominates over the satvic element.

The Gods having been defeated went to Lord Vishnu who suggested the churning of the ocean to restore the power back to the Gods by providing them with the elixir or amrit that would make them immortal.

Thus began the churning of the ocean (representative of the deep, unlimited consciousness or the mind). The churning is symbolized by a literal tug of war between the Gods and Demons in the story. From the churning, rises Goddess Lakshmi out of the waves seated on a full-blown lotus. The Goddess Lakshmi chooses Vishnu and thus chooses the Gods over the demons. The Gods restored with their vigor and energy fight the Asuras again and prevail over them.

SIGNIFICANCE OF GODDESS LAKSHMI STORY

The significance behind the story is that Goddess Lakshmi bestows overall prosperity which extends to material wealth, good health, mental peace, and the ability to perform good deeds. To seek the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi, one has to avoid becoming arrogant when doing well in life; fortune forsakes when there is excessive pride. To invite Goddess Lakshmi’s blessings in your life, you will have to ensure that in the clash between satvic and tamasic thoughts that arise from the mind, and is similar to the churning of the ocean between the Gods and Demons, you choose the side that promotes good over evil.

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