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ΰ₯ The Shiva Tribe ΰ₯  πŸ•‰Namo Narayana πŸ•‰Namah Shivaya πŸ’ŸInhale love ; exhale gratitude ✴️Optimism is a happiness magnet, stay positive & good things will come to you βœ¨πŸ’–βœŒοΈπŸ’ƒ

When Sati immolated herself in the yagna Fire, Lord Shiva was immensely grieved. His life changed, and he became hermit. He abandoned the world and Immersed himself in deep meditation and rigorous Sadhna. He retired into the Himalayas and practised Vairagya. Vairagya is mental detachment from all the connections of the world. Vairagya is Indifference and disenchantment with all worldly things.
Shiva lives in the cremation grounds and smears himself with ashes. Shiva teaches that this body that we are so proud of will become ash one day. What better example could there be of disenchantment with the living world. Vairagya means sacrificing everything even while living, gives himself up to the funeral grounds, not expecting anything from the world. Vairagya is dispassion. Vairagya is detachment. Vairagya is indifference to sensual enjoyment. Vairagya is born of Viveka, or discrimination between Nitya and Anitya (Eternal and non-eternal), Sat and Asat (Real and unreal), Tattwa and Atattwa (Essence and non-essence). Viveka comes through selfless service done in several births and through worship and adoration of God and through the Grace of the Lord. From Viveka is born Vairagya. It gives spiritual strength. A man of Vairagya has no attraction for the material world. So Vairagya is a supreme, inexhaustible wealth for spiritual aspirants. Vairagya aids concentration of mind and generates strong yearning for Emancipation.
Vairagya is a mental state whereby the mind does not run into sensual grooves. It moves towards Atman, towards God. You may live in a palace and yet have absolute Vairagya. Even amidst the temptations of the world when you are not affected by the attractive objects of the world. One may go to the forest renouncing the kingdom and yet will not be established in Vairagya as you are attached to the body, attached to your little belongings. You see a Vairagi with body is smeared with ash, but he will fight for a rupee if he finds you giving a rupee to another Vairagi. So Vairagya is a mental disposition, living amidst luxurious things, but mind remains Unpolluted! πŸ’€πŸ‘πŸ’€ Hari Om Tat Sat ~ Hara Hara Mahadev ~ Jai Bholenath! ✨🐚✨

There are many legends associated with Shani Dev and many are legends associated with Ganesha. Shani Dev was married to Sangya, daughter of Chitrrarth. Sangya was sad at her husband always being absorbed in the thoughts of Lord Krishna. One day, she was hoping to attract the attention of her husband, but Shani, as usual, was in meditation. This enraged Sangya, and she cursed Shani that since you enjoy thinking about Krishna so much that you can't spare even a glance at me, you will now always have to look downwards. If you look directly at someone or something, it will be destroyed.
Ganesha, the new born son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, was an adorable child and Parvati was extremely proud of her son. She invited all the gods in heaven to come and bless him. When Shani went, to Mount Kailash, the abode of Shiva and Parvati, he kept his gaze lowered and would not look at him. When Parvati insisted that Shani look at her son to bless him, he explained that he has been cursed by his wife that everything he looks at will be destroyed but Parvati was adamant. Finally, Shani looked at Ganesha from the corner of his half opened eyes, and lo and behold, Ganesha's head was chopped off from his body and disappeared. Seeing this, Parvati fainted and a worried Shiva went in search of a head. He found an elephant under a tree and chopped his head to be used as a replacement head for his son. βœ¨πŸ˜πŸ•‰πŸ‘πŸŽ¨β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»πŸŒˆ

Goddess Lakshmi or Mahalakshmi is the consort of Shri Maha Vishnu, the Preserver. She is the resplendent goddess of wealth and prosperity who provides the beings with all kinds of material abundance. She is a protector as well as bestower. She bestows upon deserving people according to their past karma and degrees of devotion.
Whenever Maha Vishnu incarnates on earth in a human form, Maa Lakshmi incarnates along with Him and plays her part in restoring Dharma. She incarnated as Padma When Shri Vishnu incarnated upon earth as Vamana, as Dharani when he incarnated as Parasurama, as Sita when he incarnated as Rama and as Rukmini when he incarnated as Krishna.

There are many names associated with her. Dhyana Lakshmi, Saubhagya Lakshmi, Griha Lakshmi, Indra Lakshmi, Padmavathi, Padmaja, Kamala, Sri Devi, Neeraja, Narayani, Vaishnavi, Khshira Samudra Raja Tanaya, Padmini, are some of her other popular names.

The opposite of Lakshmi is called Alakshmi, and Bhudevi. She is believed to a goddess of adversity, suffering and misfortune. She was also born during the churning of the oceans, but before the appearance of Lakshmi. Hence she is known as the elder sister (Jyesta) of Lakshmi. Her husband is described as Dussaha, the unbearable, in some versions and Kapila in some, probably a reference to the suffering and adversity ascetics undergo during their austerities and penances. She is depicted as old woman, carrying a broom. However, despite her negative descriptions, she also brings good luck to those who pray to her and earn her grace.! βœ¨β€οΈπŸ’°πŸ‘πŸ•‰πŸ’΅πŸšπŸŒ·πŸ’°πŸ˜πŸŒ€πŸŽ¨πŸ™πŸ»βœ¨

In Hinduism, Lord Shiva is iconized as all knowing Yogi who lives a simple life in Mount Kailash in the Himalayas. With the third eye on his forehead, as one of the fearsome power in the universe, Lord Shiva has the snake Vasuki around his neck, crescent moon adorning, Holy River Ganga flowing from Lord Shiva’s matted hear, carrying Trishula and the Damaru as lord’s instruments and blue throat. There are tales of Mahadev having blue throat giving Shankar another name also known as β€œ Nilkantha ” because he drank all the β€œ Halahala ” poison that appeared due to Samudra Manthan to protect humanity and its destructive power. Many believe that Lord Shiva’s third eye’s destructive power is the reason that Shiva is called β€œ The Destroyer ”, but it is also believed that it symbolizes His spiritual wisdom and power.

Shiva is typically depicted with a snake around his neck. Often additional snakes are depicted - one, as a sacred thread around his body, and two more, around his wrists as bracelets or his arms as armlets. Having the snakes wrapped around him suggest his control over desire and the sensual world and the lack of effect that maya (illusory world) has on him. The snakes also stand for the yogic power of kundalini, which is typically depicted as a coiled serpent lying dormant in the muladhara chakra or one of the lower spiritual levels of all beings. The serpent gradually uncoils and moves upward as one taps into his own spiritual self through yogic means. However one needs to be aware of the huge energy stored in the kundalini and must learn not only to release it but also to control it. The depiction of snakes along with Shiva, indicate that Shiva is the master of this cosmic energy and controls it the way he deems fit. βœ¨πŸ‘πŸπŸ•‰βŒ›οΈπŸ”±πŸ’€πŸ“ΏπŸŒ™πŸšπŸŒ€πŸ””πŸŽ¨πŸŒˆπŸ™πŸ»βœ¨

In the simplest sense, mantras are ancient Sanskrit words of power. Each syllable of a mantra resonates a certain vibration. Mantras are used in meditation, to focus the mind, but they are also used to invoke the blessing of a Deity. What is happening when you repeat a mantra over and over, is that you are matching your own vibrational frequency to that of the mantra and its purpose (wealth, health, success, knowledge, etc.). Each of the Hindu Deities has their own mantra or mantras, which invoke the type of energy that the Deity represents. You can invoke the power of Lord Ganesha by repeating one of his mantras. πŸ•‰βœ¨πŸ“Ώ OM GAM GANAPATAYA NAMAH πŸ“Ώβœ¨πŸ•‰
"Salutations and prostrations to Lord Ganesha !" This is one of the most popular and most powerful mantras to invoke the assistance of Lord Ganesha and to remove the obstacles in your life. By constant meditation on this mantra, all obstacles and blocked energy in your physical and astral bodies are released.

Simply repeat it aloud, chant over and over again, or repeat it silently to yourself. You will see the most benefit from this practice if you do it daily, for at least 4-6 weeks. you will come to realize the full power of the mantra if you continue with its practice. I can personally attest to the fact that this mantra is powerful and that Lord Ganesha has blessed me many times, removing many obstacles from my own life, and opening up new opportunities.

May all of your obstacles be removed and may you receive many blessings from Shri Ganesha! βœ¨πŸ‘πŸ•‰πŸ˜πŸ“ΏπŸŽ¨πŸ™πŸ»βœ¨ #goodvibes

There are several legends related to the emergence of the Ardhanarishvara. This half male-half female form also finds mention in the Mahabharata epic. According to the Skanda Purana, Maa Parvati asks Lord Shiva to permit her to stay with him forever, embracing him "limb-to-limb". Ardhanarishvara was thus formed. The Matsya Purana relates that Brahma, pleased with Parvatis penance rewards her with a flawless golden complexion. This makes her many times more attractive to Shiva, who fuses into her to form the Ardhanarishvara.
In the Kalika Purana, Maa Parvati suspects Shiva of infidelity, when she sees her own reflection in Shiva. An argument ensues between them. Thereafter, Parvati wishes to stay eternally with Shiva, fusing with him as one single body.
Yet another lore about Parvati's jealousy when she sees Ganga perched on Shiva's head. Though Shiva tries to appease her by placing her on his lap, Parvati continues to be upset. This is when Shiva unites with the Goddess in the form of Ardhanarishvara.
As per Shiva Purana, Brahma once faced with a steep decline in the pace of creation. A flustered Brahma approached Shiva for help. Shiva appeared before him in the form of Ardhanarishvara and goddess then created various female powers from her body, thus speeding up the process of creation.

According to one interpretation, Goddess Parvati once playfully closed the eyes of Shiva, thus plunging the entire world into darkness. All living beings on earth suffered due to this eternal darkness. Uma, realizing her folly, was forced to leave Kailasha and started to worship the ShivaLinga in order to absolve herself of her sin and to reunite with her Lord. Lord Vishnu then gave her instructions on the austerities to attain her Lord once more. At this time, demon Mahishasura, came to the fore and started disturbing those of earth. This is when Uma takes the form of Devi Durga and engages in a long battle with him, finally slaying him. Lord Shiva then manifests as the Fire on top of the hill. He then merges into Devi Maa and gives darshan as the Ardhanarishvara, with the Devi as his left half!! βœ¨πŸ‘πŸπŸ”±πŸ’€βŒ›οΈπŸŒ™πŸŒ€πŸŒΏπŸ“ΏπŸ•‰πŸŒ·πŸšπŸŒˆπŸ””πŸŽ¨βœ¨

The Devi Mahatmaya describes how Devi assumes many aspects, according to the tasks to be performed by her, sometimes sweet and tender, and at others terrible and devouring. Devi is the deluding power which binds man to the relentlessly moving wheel of samsara; she deludes even the wisest of men. Yet she is the one who bestows liberation on the devotee who pleases her. For the sake of the continuance of her divine play, she as avidya-maya, has veiled the truth from us and bound us to samsara. When she is propitiated through the practice of sincere devotion and self-surrender, she as vidya-maya, removes the veil and enables us to perceive the truth. The Saptashati refers to her as Mahavidya, Mahamaya, Mahamedha, Mahasmriti, Mahamoha, Mahadevi and Maheshwari. She is Parabrahma-Mahishi, the queen and sovereign of all existence. Her compassion takes the form of aspiration in the aspirant, sadhana in the sadhaka, siddhi in the siddha. She is the truth behind thought, willing, feeling, understanding, action, name and form. It says ; "Mother, all arts and sciences, all branches of knowledge, are your modifications, all women in the world are your manifestations. You alone pervade the entire creation.!" βœ¨πŸ‘β€οΈπŸ”±πŸŒ€πŸŒ™πŸ“ΏπŸ•‰πŸ™πŸ» Jai Maa Durga ~ Jai Maa Shakti β€οΈπŸ”±β€οΈ

You don't have to be a Hindu to ask Lord Ganesha for assistance. He is an all-loving God, available to assist anyone who will take the time to connect with Him. If there are obstacles that you are facing in life, if you feel stuck, if things are just not "going right," then turn to Ganesh and ask Him to help you. You may just be surpised by the assistance you receive!

Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes and bring that image of Ganesha to your mind. Try and see him in as much detail as possible. See his beautiful elephant-head, with welcoming eyes, large ears, long trunk and big, pot-belly. Now, simply speak to Him in HIS right ear. Just speak all of your concerns, worries, needs, etc. right into HIS right ear. Know that as you speak he is hearing you and that you are making a connection with him.

It is said that you will then have a permanent and ongoing relationship and connection with Ganesh. Speak to Him anytime you wish, as many times as you wish. It does not have to be a formal meditation. Take a moment in your day, if you feel the need, close your eyes and speak to him. βœ¨πŸ˜β€οΈπŸŒ€πŸŒ·πŸ‘πŸ•‰πŸŽ¨πŸŒΊπŸ™πŸ»πŸŒˆ

According to Hinduism, the whole creation is a form of God. Every aspect and form in it reflects his glory because God is hidden in each of them. The whole creation is sacred because it is suffused with the presence of God. Hence, every aspect of it is worthy of worship. A devout has no hesitation to stand in front of the idol or shivling and speak to it as if he is talking to an individual with exemplary faith and devotion which is not of this world. His devotion and dedication to God and his service are unquestionable.

The idol or shivling may not speak to him, but he knows that his prayers will surely be heard, and his devotion and love to god will surely be reciprocated. Even if his prayers are not answered, he continues his worship considering it a part of his karma, fate or the way God sometimes chooses to respond. Deep in his heart he knows that he is engaged in a spiritual practice, and in the end it will only do him good and take him closer to God.

Devotees do not worship the idols of their gods in vain. An idol of a deity is a symbol, or a form, which serves as the object of worship or concentration and meditation and helps the devotees to connect to him. Ignorant people see the idol. The devotees see the god. It is a matter of perspective or belief. The devotees know that the ultimate reality is beyond the senses, beyond names and forms and beyond the field of Maya or illusion. They know that although the objective reality does not truly represent God, it has its own value and importance in our understanding of truths, in our worship of God and in our experience of transcendental states.

On the path of devotion, many people achieved liberation through image worship. They proved that with faith and devotion one could awaken the deities and make them respond and reciprocate to their prayers. Their experience shows that idol worship is powerful technique to connect to God. If there is enough devotion in the heart of a devotee, God would directly respond to those who worship his form, like Mira Markandeya and Prahlad. Through simple faith and intense devotion to his idols, one can realize God.! βœ¨πŸ‘πŸ—ΏπŸ•‰πŸŒ€πŸπŸ™πŸ» Hari Om Tat Sat ~ Om Namah Shivaya πŸ”±

Hinduism approves idol or murti worship as a legitimate practice. The scriptures sanction it. The epics and the Puranas are replete with instances of the practice. According to them even gods and demons practice it to impress the higher gods and obtain boons from them. In the epic Ramayana both Rama and Ravana worshipped the images and symbols of Shiva. In the epic Mahabharata, Arjuna worshipped Shiva to obtain the might Pasutpatha weapon. Ekalavya worshipped the image of his guru Dronacharya. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna cautions people about worshipping the unmanifested Brahman. He also gives the assurance that in whatever form and manner people approach him, he will accordingly reciprocate. The Tantras contain numerous conversations between Shiva and Parvathi about how to ritually worship the various forms and names of Shiva and Shakti for self-purification and liberation. Thus, Hinduism does not disparage idol worship. Besides, it is also in conformity with the basic spirit of Hinduism which gives freedom to its followers to worship God in any form they choose according to their choice. It even approves the mental worship of God’s images and forms.

If God is omnipresent, then everything in the universe, including the idol one worships, is filled with His energy and presence. Everything in the universe is equally sacred and worthy of worship since God equally pervades all and is present in all. The idols become living and breathing realities in the imagination of their devotees, who will feel the same emotional pain or reaction if anyone shows them disrespect or contempt. Hindus worship idols or murti to express their devotion and communicate with gods and goddesses. Idol worship is a very simple way of declaring one’s faith in God, an easiest way to instil faith and devotion in people. For them, idols are convenient to express their simple devotion and connect to the idea of God on the most personal terms. It becomes a living presence in his consciousness, representing all that he holds in great esteem about him in his thoughts as the compassionate giver of boons, who responds to his woes and supplications and helps him in difficulties πŸ•‰πŸ›πŸ˜πŸŒΊπŸ™ #altar

The souls of the sons of Sagara wandered as ghosts since their final rites had not been performed. For the moksha of all the sons of Sagar, Bhagiratha (Means, one who does great hard work- he got his name from his great hard work for bringing Ganga to earth), one of the descendants of Sagar, vowed to bring Ganga down to Earth so that her waters could cleanse their souls and release them to heaven.

Bhagiratha prayed to Brahma that Ganga come down to Earth. Brahma ordered Ganga to go down to the Earth and then on to the nether regions so that the souls of Bhagiratha's ancestors would be able to go to heaven. Ganga felt that this was insulting and decided to sweep the whole Earth away as she fell from the heavens. Alarmed, Bhagiratha prayed to Shiva that he break up Ganga's descent.

Ganga arrogantly fell on Shiva's head. But Shiva calmly trapped her in his matted hair and let her out in small streams. The touch of Shiva further sanctified Ganga. As Ganga travelled to the nether-worlds, she created a different stream to remain on Earth to help purify unfortunate souls there. She is the only river to follow from all the three worlds – Swarga (heaven), Prithvi (Earth) and Patala (netherworld or hell). Thus is called Tripathagā(one who travels the three worlds) in Sanskrit language.

Because of Bhagiratha's efforts, Ganga descended to Earth and hence the river is also known as Bhagirathi and the term Bhagirath prayatna is used to describe valiant efforts or difficult achievements.

It is sometimes believed that the river will finally dry up at the end of Kali Yuga, the last of the four stages the world goes through as part of the cycle of yugas (the era of darkness, the current era) just as with the Sarasvati river and this era will end. Next in(cyclic) order will be the Satya Yuga or the era of Truth. βœ¨πŸŽ¨πŸ‘πŸ•‰πŸŒ€πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒˆβœ¨

In India, Spiritual enlightenment has always represented the highest goal in life to Hindus, the one thing that gives it meaning and purpose. Moreover, enlightenment is a state of being that is in principle attainable by everybody.
The average individual, however, would need many incarnations to become enlightened, to see God, to become one with the Absolute, to merge one’s mind with Cosmic Consciousness ; in short, to become holy.

Since time immemorial shortcuts have been available for people wanting to become enlightened in this life rather than the next. Those who follow the fast track, mostly men, are the sadhus, the β€˜holy men’ of India.

For thousands of years they have been around. Once they must have been more numerous, but even today there are still four to five million sadhus, constituting about half a percent of the total population.

Organised in various sects, they passed on the wisdom of old, the method of yoga, that is β€˜yoking’ soul and Soul together.

Usually they live by themselves, on the fringes of society, and spend their days in devotion to their chosen deity. Some perform magical rituals to make contact with the gods, others practise intense forms of yoga and meditation to increase their spiritual powers and acquire mystical knowledge.

Certainly, not all sadhus are enlightened. But believers regard them all as holy anyway, if only because of their radical commitment. And successful sadhus are even worshipped as β€˜gods on earth’.
Believers only have to β€˜behold’ a sadhu, as a kind of living idol , to receive a spark of his spiritual energy. They give donations to the sadhus , regarded as offerings to the gods , and get their blessing in return. Thus, since time immemorial, has Indian society been organised to support the holy men, for they are not supposed to work. βœ¨πŸ•‰βœ¨

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