From Jiva to Shiva Living mortal to Infinite Divine
In an eternal cosmic dance to move the world Shiva, takes on various forms, to alleviate suffering and redeem lost souls. Dev-adi-dev, as he is, he salvages the pristine from their wavering & wandering paths to reunite them with their primal source & restore them to a state of oneness with everything in creation.
On his journey in search for the supernal beautitude an individual encounters many a pitfalls & dark alleys where he finds himself lost & floundering as he encounters his internal demons which obscure the Light of his own divinity. Devoured by the miseries of his own thoughts & past deeds, the wisdom seeker recognizes the ephemeral nature of reality & relegates base desires for the higher goal of self realization.
Accordingly, driven by the need for personal expression the individual ( Jiva ) seeking the “Param Satya” or the absolute truth (Shiva), while living in the material world, persistently strives along the path of righteous action without undue attachment to any desired outcome.
All myth & allegory in literature that use the metaphor of Shiva & Parvati, Purush & Prakriti, i.e. male & female entities are mere components to express this sublime reality. Each tale encapsules, in its form, tablets of rejuvenating information to fuel & inspire the mind of a seeking shishya, student as he makes his own way to achieve personal success. In the world of relativity, samsara, he achieves this in a manner that befits his unique & inimitable style based on his samsakaras, or past life impressions of his subconscious mind.
For those more attuned to a spiritual lifestyle, the fetters of materialism give way to a desire for attainment of higher states of self realisation. These individuals, often called, Yogis withdraw from sensual pleasures & focus acutely on acquiring “Atma Gyan” (knowledge of the soul) through the study of scriptures, intensive practice of yoga & learning occult & esoteric techniques under the guidance of a realized master or Siddha.
Betrothed to the Guru, the beacon of wisdom & avowed in an oath of total submission to his service & well being of humanity, yogis are avengers of the truth. They accept the relativity of existence & embrace all life forms with compassion and surrender to their higher self or Supreme Divine.
The “Pilgrim’s progress”, as it were, in the socio-cultural context today is for those daring souls who walk the roads of damnation, shunning the cushions of ritual & veils of debilitating hypocrisy to find the mystical truth of their own internal sun. In other words, enlightenment belongs to the few, who dare to look beyond the boundaries of material existence & rise above them to seek internal bliss.
It takes a fiery passion for the divine & daring heart to traverse the labyrinth, Shiva, the Mahayogi, chose with his consort Parvati by his side, who stood by him in spirit, if not form, in his sojourns guiding humanity. In its highest expression, their relationship is symbolic of the guru- disciple dynamics. The Shiva-Parvati,Samvad, dialogue is the most cultivated exchange of her feminine innocence & ignorance being enlightened & coloured by the effulgence of his Knowledge & intellectual prowess.
All mortal unions, in the world of maya, seek to mirror this divine relationship, for in it is found the key to ultimate union which is the final destination: the union of Jiva & Shiva; the immersion of the finite individual consciousness into the infinite absolute.