The Neelkantha; a puzzle of a million parts
Ekam Sat Vipra Bahudha Vadanti
That which exists is One, sages call it by various names.
The fiction portrays him as an (exta)ordinary man ~the Neelkantha. The era of pop culture and new age religion finds him “cool and relatable”.
Some say that he is the force who drove Ramayana (being Hanuman) and Mahabharata (being Krishna), shaping the Hindu mythology just like Zues did to the Iliad and the Odyssey in Greek mythology.
But, not a single definition could ever confine him.
He is a puzzle; a sum of his many parts.
Self-contained and content, Shiva is a symbol of calm and peace ~the Kamal says it all.
He glorifies wealth, power, and pervasiveness through the three white lines across forehead in ash ~called, Vibhuti.
The snake ~Vasuki that is wrapped all around his neck tells about his fearlessness and control.
He unites the three worlds with his trident ~the Trishul.
He is forgiveness and and he is protection ~saving the moon from the curse of Daksha, and pinning it on the head.
He is the savior ~saving earth from the wrath of the Ganga.
He is the creation from the void and the spiritual connect
~his damru being the abstract of the universe.
He is a symbol of meditation; he cures any ailment the natural way ~the Bhaang and the Ganja do it all.
Shiva’s androgynous form ~the Ardhanarishwar unifies Purusha and Prakriti.
Being a Nataraj, he balances the knowledge and the ignorance ~the Apasmara.
Sometimes, he is a hedonist who cannot seem to get enough pleasure for himself. At other times, he is an ascetic to abstain from all desires.
He is the mediator between Brahma and Vishnu.
He is invincible and immortal.
He is permanence and destruction.
He brings the purpose of a new life.
He is the beginning and the end.
He is the inertia.
He is the ritual madness.
He is the force of nature. He is in the flow of the river, in the rustle of the trees, and in the whisper of the winds. He speaks to us all the time.
I don’t believe in symbolic gods. But I do believe in him. Because for me, he isn’t just some entity for prayer. He is the reason for our existence. He is the existence.
~The universe bows to Lord Shiva; I bow to lord Shiva~