An inspirational and instructional guide in understanding the mysteries of Shiva with devotional hymns from ancient scriptures; this introductory book answers many questions ----who is Shiva? Why we worship and meditate on Shiva? What is Shivalinga- Jyotirlingam and Shiva Abhishekam? Why we celebrate Shivaratri---its meanings and importance. The explanation of three horizontal lines on Shivalinga, and why Shiva is addressed as Shambho, Triyambaka, Mahakala, Kaleshwara, Omkar, Nataraja and Mahadeva.
Excerpts from the book:
Worship of and meditation on Shiva has been one of the most cherished ritual in the religious traditions of ancient India. Across the country there are innumerable temples and shrines with the images of Shiva in the form of Yogiraja, absorbed in deep meditation as well as the symbolic lingam form which is generally made of black or white Stone which is rounded both at the top and bottom to indicate that it doesn't stand or arise from anywhere in space or time. It has neither a beginning nor an end.
Shiva is addressed as Triyambaka, which means having three eyes. Beside the two eyes the third eye is the eye of higher perception, wisdom and increased intuition, where the presence of indwelling Self is perceived in the form of light in meditation. It is also known the eye of contemplation and concentration. The focal point between the two eyebrows from where the breath control starts and the meditator goes into unity with the indwelling Self. This is the most powerful psychic station in human body known as anjana chakra or Agyachakra, the command center, where the individual becomes receptive to guidance and commands of the Higher Self.
Shiva abhishekam creates a remarkable harmony at physical, psychological and spiritual levels of awareness; while the hands pour the water, the chanting of hymns guide the mind to remain absorbed in the ecstasy of Divine love with attention and intention. Slowly and gradually as the mind becomes involved in the process, the devotee enters into the ecstatic trance and the grace of the Lord is revealed in the meditative unity.
This is the night of enlightenment when a person goes into the perceptual experience of divine light and feels that I am created by the light of the Self, sustained by the light of the Self, surrounded by the light of the Self and I am indeed that light of the Self. Tattvamasi.