Friday, February 21, 2014

Shivratri is next week, at the temple Guruji is reciting the rudra.. .so lucky, blessed to even hear these words…. I close my eyes and I see those jagged mountain peaks, un-climbable, snow capped, pristine…how fortunate that I opted for a circuitous, cheaper ticket and was blessed with this once-in-a-lifetime sight. Raga Shankara/Dhan Dhan Dhan dhavalashikhar…the abode of Lord Shiva… these words hold much more meaning now

6 comments:

PQ said...

I'll make sure I listen to something nice as well on Shivratri. Also will plan a temple visit.

63mago said...

I am absolutely not familiar with the rites and happenings you mention, Austere, what is no wonder because I grew up and live in another and distant part of this world.
I only wonder whether all what you mention forms a kind pf philosophical path, or spiritual way ? Or is this just an uninformed and superficially idea from a Western romantic perspective ?

austere said...

Mago, Hinduism has three principal gods- Brahma or the God of creation, Vishnu or the God of sustenance and Mahesh/ Shiva the God of destruction. About Shiva it is said that he was never born and he never dies, preexistence and even after the end of the world as we know it, he exists… this is the source of the world, the essence. Shiva resides in the Himalayas, in Mt Kailash mainly. When the churning of the ocean threw up a lot of riches and qualities as well as a great deal of poison, he stepped forth to contain the poison, not imbibing it but holding it in his throat, so he is blue throated—Neelkanth. Worship in the Indian context is both—religion, philosophy.. and one God’s worship does not preclude another…

austere said...

PQ: that's nice...

PQ said...

That's such a beautiful explanation Austy!

63mago said...

So in the end : It IS.

Ja ?