The conventional figuring out of Shiva instructed via tales and teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana
• Explains Shiva’s contradictory varieties, akin to destroyer or benefactor, and the way his shape relies on the desires of the devotee
• unearths how Shiva’s teachings enable one to determine throughout the illusions on the root of all grief and alienation in human existence
• Explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and together with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya
Shiva, the main historical and complicated deity of the Hindu pantheon, has been portrayed in lots of contrasting lighting fixtures: destroyer and benefactor, ascetic and householder, wild demon slayer and calm yogi atop Mount Kailash. Drawing from the Hindu sacred textual content the Shiva Mahapurana--said to be written by way of Shiva himself--Vanamali selects the fundamental tales of Shiva, either these from his darkish wild aspect and people from his benevolent peaceable facet.
Vanamali discusses Shiva’s many avatars similar to Shambunatha and Bhola, in addition to Dakshinamurti who taught the shastras and tantras to the rishis. She explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and along with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya. studying Shiva’s popularity of outsiders, Vanamali explains why ghosts and ghouls are his attendants and why his maximum devotees are demon kings, like Ravana. She contains recognized Shiva tales comparable to the Descent of the River Ganga and Churning the Milky Ocean in addition to those who display the foundation of the pageant of lighting fixtures, Diwali; his production of the cosmic couple, or hierogamos; and the way Shiva and Parvati taught the area the secrets and techniques of Kundalini Shakti. the writer additionally attracts upon Shaivite teachings to demonstrate the variations among Western technological know-how and Vedic technological know-how and their causes for the origins of realization.
Integrating Shiva’s facets, the fierce and the peaceable, Vanamali finds that Shiva’s shape relies on the desires of the devotee. figuring out his teachings permits one to work out in the course of the illusions on the root of all grief and alienation in human lifestyles, for Shiva is the wielder of maya who doesn't fall lower than its spell. whereas Ganesha is called the remover of stumbling blocks, Shiva is the remover of tears.