What is the concept of ardhanareeswara?
Humanness represents the combination of Shakti (or Prakriti=Nature) and Shiva. These two are not separate. Just as fire and the power to burn go together, these two go together. Sugar and sweetness are similarly inter-related. There is no sugar without sweetness. Where there is sweetness there is sugar. Likewise, 'Shraddha' and 'Vishvaasam' (earnestness and faith) are symbiotically related to each other. Hence, these should be regulated as present in man in the form of Shiva and Shakti.The whole world of Prakriti (Nature) is 'Ardhanaaree-swaroopam' (the feminine half of the Divine couple). It represented the union of Prakriti with Purusha, the Supreme Absolute. Even being in the cosmos, whatever may be the gender in the external form, is feminine. She represents ...more
ONCE UPON A time on Mount Kailas, the mountain of delight, the great Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati were sitting on a resplendent throne. The place was filled with the scent of fine flowers and incense. After granting the boons desired by devas, rishis and other hosts of devotees, and dismissing them, Lord Siva rejoiced in the company of Goddess Uma (Parvati). The great God pleased Goddess Uma who was as beautiful as goddess Rati and full of auspicious qualities and noble traits. In a joyous mood the Goddess, who thought that her Lords attention was entirely centred on her, slipped playfully behind Him and in sport covered fondly the three eyes of Sambhu, the Lord of the World, with her two hands resembling lotus petals and asked merrily, who is it?
As soon as His three eyes (the Moon, the Sun and Fire) were covered a dismal darkness spread over the universe for millions of years, because half a trice for Siva is aeons for us. The darkn ...more