Who is SHIVA? Is he for real? Was he an “aghor?”
Shiva. He is the greatest enigma in the Pantheon of Hindu Gods. He is a mystery. A riddle which is solved only by devotion. He is a conundrum. A closed book that can only be opened when u have faith in him. He is the ace of them all, he is the place where the opposites meet and clash. He is the emerging point and the adjoining point. He is the locus of all the extremities. He is an ascetic, yet a householder, Mediator of the great stillness, yet Natraj, the Dancer, Chief of ferocious outcomes of the world yet an epitome of tranquility.
When you have no one to seek for help, and intuition is the only friend u can rely in extremities, he is the one who appears as a will power, he is the only that gives you the energy to fight, he is the one who keeps you calm even in all odds. All you need to do is remember him whenever you can. He is the creator yet the destroyer. He is the lord and yet the friend you have been looking for all your life. He has the fire in his head, the sun and the moon are his eyes, his breath is the air and his heart is the universe. He is the one whose feet led to creation of the world. He is the inner-self of all the beings.
So does that mean only Shiva is the reality? That’s half the truth.
Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma are the supreme cause of material manifestation. They are the soul of all souls (super souls). The world is their’s and they are the world. There is no impersonal difference between all the three. They are, so the world is, and hence they exist. (Bhāgavatam (4.7.50)
How did Shiva take birth in this material world?
The pastime of Lord Shiva’s birth is described in Bhagwad-Geetam(3.12.7–13): “Although Brahma tried to curb his anger, it came out from between his eyebrows, and a child of mixed blue and red was immediately generated. “After his [Shiva’s] birth, he began to cry: O destiny maker [Brahma], teacher of the universe, kindly designate my name and place. “The all-powerful Brahma, born from the lotus flower, pacified the boy with gentle words, accepting his request, and said: Do not cry. I shall certainly do as you desire. Thereafter, Brahma said: “O chief of the demigods, you shall be called by the name Rudra by all people because you have anxiously cried. My dear boy, I have already selected the following places for your residence: the heart, the senses, the air of life, the sky, the air, the fire, the water, the earth, the sun, the moon, and austerity. This description is of how Śiva appeared in the material world.
Evidences of Shiva in Ancient times
The evidence go way back to the Indus Valley Civilisation.The Pashupati Seal is the name of a steatite seal discovered at the Mohenjodaro archaeological site of the back in the IVC. The seal depicts a seated figure, possibly tricephalic (having three heads). He is horned and surrounded by animals. He is regarded to be a seal of Lord Shiva or Rudra, who is worshipped as a “linga” and being a “yogi”.
Why does he as an Aghori, worship the DARKNESS?
An aghori believes in getting into total darkness by all means, and then getting into light or self realizing. Though this is a different approach from other Hindu sects, they believe it to be effective. They are infamously known for their rituals that include such asshava samskara (ritual worship incorporating the use of a corpse as the altar) to invoke the mother goddess in her form as Smashan Tara.
Darkness is always perceived in a filthy manner. Light has a source and that source will exhaust one day. Darkness is eternal! We hunt for positivity in our lives because our body emits negative ions. Thus maintaining the electromagnetic harmony of the Universe. Broaden your perspective and realize that it’s the darkness that holds the light. Without darkness, light could have never been appreciated. Without darkness light has no existence.
Shiva is known to be the first aghor. He uses bhaang to get intoxicated. Bhaang is considered to be the first plant that emerged on this planet. So it is as old as the world itself. Besides it is the “prasad” of Bhole. Indian festival “holi” is celebrated with drinking/ eating bhaang to be intoxicated and get lost in the devotion of Lord Shiva.
” I am Shiva . I am formless. I am eternal. I exist without existing. There is nothing that is not me. There is nothing that is apart from me. There is nothing that is not included in me. There is nothing that is not a part of me. There is nothing that is not dear to me. I love the lowest of the low and highest of the high. I see them all as a part of me. Without me, nothing exists. I include all of the past, present and the future. “