In Yoga, Lord Shiva is considered the #AdiYogi and the #AdiGuru. He is the foremost among the yogis and the first teacher of the science of #Yoga. He is an ideal renuncient & an ideal householder, all in one. No one knows his origin. He is depicted as sitting in lotus pose on #MountKailash in deep #Samadhi, unmoved by the events of the universe.
His body is smeared with sacred ash. In his hair is the crescent moon symbolizing mystical vision & knowledge. The serpent coiled around his neck symbolizes the mysterious #kundalini energy present in all of us. The river #Ganga cascades from the crown of his head symbolizing perpetual purification, which he bestows upon his devotees. He is the 3-eyed one or Trilochana as he has the #thirdeye or the eye of wisdom in the centre of the forehead. He is described as the “blue-throated” or Neelakanta. He is said to have drank the poison that emerged during the churning of the ocean by the gods & the Asuras, thereby protecting the world from its harmful effects. His #Trishul represents the 3 gunas or qualities of Nature, namely tamas, rajas, & sattva. He is Yogeshwara, the lord of Yoga; Maheshwara, the Great God & Bhuteshwara, the lord of the 5 elements from which the universe is created.
It is said that Shiva first imparted his knowledge to #Parvati/#Shakti. Also, for the good of mankind, he taught the science of Yoga to the ancient rishis who passed on this knowledge to the rest of humanity. All #yogic & tantric systems consider him as the first Guru. These teachings have come down to us in the form of Agama Sastras. From these teachings, came various traditions which still exist. One of them is the #NavNath Traditionfounded by Matsyendranath, Gorakshnath & the 7 other Gurus of the Nath Tradition, which is still prevalent mostly in North India. Some consider Gorakshnath as an incarnation of #LordShiva. In the South, it was the Siddha Agastiar or Agastya Muni, who disseminated this knowledge & created a lineage of Siddhas who specialized in Yoga, Tantra, Medicine, Astrology & other sciences.
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