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The Absolute Truth

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‘Absolute Truth’ is the whole reality, consisting of everything in this Universe that exists. “The Absolute Truth”, says Vivekananda, “is only one”. This is the Brahman, which constitutes the whole reality. In Upanisads it is said, “In the beginning there was Brahman, one and infinite. He is beyond North and South, and East and South, and beyond what is above or below. His infinity is everywhere. In the inner world Brahman is Consciousness …. in the outer world Brahman is Space . He has been variously described as Infinite, Immortal, Eternal, All Encompassing, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Absolute and Universal.

But where is he located? How does He look and what is His nature? The mystics tell us that He is nowhere and everywhere, that He is not locatable in Space and Time, but He is in our hearts, that He has no tangible form, colour, size, smell, taste or touch but He is pure Consciousness. Upanisad says that He moves and He moves not. He is far and He is near. He is within all and He is outside all.

The period between the Beginning and the End is in Time. Beyond that is Timelessness. In Time there is progress, beyond Time all is changeless. He is Timelessness but the creator of Time. He is formless but the source of all forms. He is the Unmanifest yet the source of all manifestations. The uncreated Creator, Unborn and Undying. The unmoved mover, the unknown knower, the first and the final cause, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, the Transcendental and the Immanent, the Infinite and the finite, the tangible and the intangible. All is He and He is all. The One in many and many in One. Everywhere and nowhere, Transient and Eternal, Universal and Particular, in Whole and in parts, in Unity and diversity, Being and nonbeing, Changeless and changing, Immortal and mortal, Mind and Body, Sound and Silence, Social and Individual. You and Me. The All. The Absolute One. Pure Consciousness residing in Perfect Bliss.

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Lord Shiva

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Shiva is a major Hindu deity, and is the destroyer god or transformer among the Trimurti, theHindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine.Shiva is a yogi who has notice of everything that happens in the world and is the main aspect of life. Yet one with great power, he lives a life of a sage at Mount Kailash. In theShaiva tradition of Hinduism, Shiva is seen as the Supreme God and has five important works: creator, preserver, destroyer, concealer, and revealer (to bless). In the Smarta tradition, he is regarded as one of the five primary forms of God. If we describe everything associated with Lord Shiva, it will be like this:-

Cremation ground:
Shiva sitting in the cremation ground signifies that He is the controller of death in the physical world.

Matted locks:
The three matted locks on the head of the Lord convey the idea that integration of the physical, mental and spiritual energies is the ideal of yoga.

Tiger skin:
A tiger skin symbolizes potential energy.

The crescent moon:
The crescent moon is only one of His ornaments.

Three eyes:
Lord Shiva, also called Tryambaka Deva, is depicted as having three eyes: the sun is His right eye, the moon the left eye and fire the third eye.

Nandi:
The bull is associated with Shiva and said to be His vehicle.

Kundalas(two ear rings):
Two Kundalas, Alakshya and Niranjan in the ears of the Lord symbolize the Shiva and Shakti (male and female) or Ardha-Nariswara principle of creation.

Kamandalu:
A water pot (Kamandalu) made from a dry pumpkin contains nectar and is shown on the ground next to Shiva signifies that, an individual must break away from attachment to the physical world and clean his inner self of egoistic desires in order to experience the bliss of the Self.

A snake (Vasuki Naga):
The snake is shown curled three times around the neck of the Lord and is looking towards His right side. The three coils of the snake symbolize the past, present and future – time in cycles.

Rudraksha necklace:
Rudra is another name of Shiva.Rudraksha necklace worn by the Lord illustrates that He uses His cosmic laws firmly – without compromise – to maintain law and order in the universe.

Ganga:
Ganga, symbolically represented on the head of the Lord by a female (Mother Ganga) with a jet of water emanating from her mouth and falling on the ground, signifies that the Lord destroys sin, removes ignorance, and bestows knowledge, purity and peace on the devotees.

Snake around the neck:
The snakes to symbolize the yogic power of Lord Shiva with which He dissolves and recreates the universe.

Varda Mudra:
Lord Shiva’s right hand is shown in a boon- bestowing and blessing pose, which annihilates evil, grants boons, bestows grace, destroys ignorance, and awakens wisdom in His devotees.

Trident (Trisula):
A three-pronged trident shown adjacent to the Lord symbolizes His three fundamental powers (shakti) of will (iccha), action (kriya) and knowledge (jnana).

Damaru (drum): Damaru symbolizes the two utterly dissimilar states of existence, unmanifest and manifest.

Half-open eyes:
When the Lord opens His eyes, a new cycle of creation emerges and when He closes them, the universe dissolves for creation of the next cycle. The half-open eyes convey the idea that creation is going through cyclic process, with no beginning no end

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