Lesson 6: Shiva’s 6th Truth – Purnatva
Welcome to Shiva’s 6th Truth. I hope that you enjoyed the journey thus far. As you probably realize by now, the path to Purnatva is filled with obstacles. Some are external, while many others are within our own minds.
Have you been using the Truths you’ve learned so far to develop greater self-knowledge, deepen your state of inner peace and start unlocking your true potential? I know it can feel like a hard and long process when you are first beginning, but with commitment and the willingness to continue forward, you too can embody a sense of wholeness that is Purnatva.
Over the past Lessons we have explored the first 5 Truths of Shiva and how to use them to achieve this ultimate goal. Before we go further, here is a brief recap of these Truths.
Ekagrata or Focus
By having conscious goals and approaching them with single-minded focus, you start to strive towards your true desires in a direct way. It is all a matter of paying attention, of controlling the mind and focusing on the actions and quality of your life.
Vairagya or Detachment
Detachment is crucial in all matters of emotional intensity. No matter how hard we try to attain what we wish for, external factors which we cannot control may arise. When they do, we must not let them agitate us.
Svabhava or Unique Nature
The next step is to recognize your unique, inherent nature, then develop and hone skills that you are good at. By identifying your talents, you will start on your path to being happy and successful at the same time. But please remember: do not be seduced by the false notion of perfection! Instead, aspire to be the best human being possible.
Sayyam or Balance
Another important Truth of Shiva’s is Sayyam. It is through this balance that he can be both ascetic and husband, destroyer and rescuer when the other gods request his help. So too is it important for you to maintain a balance in everything you do. There should not be too much focus on work, or too much focus on perfection, or too much focus on the past – just the right amount will help you on your journey towards Purnatva.
Sambhava or Inner Peace
No matter what the situation or how trying it might be, it is important to maintain peacefulness in your life. When things go wrong, dig deep within to find the reserves of composure and peace necessary to still the chaos and provide greater serenity.
Shiva the Destroyer and Your Ego
I’d like to talk to you about Ego today. We all know people who have an egotistical disposition. They think they are better than the rest of the world and they can do no wrong. These people of course have never heard of Purnatva and sadly will never be happy or fulfilled in their lives. Their ego controls who they are, their behavior and their thinking.
But if we follow Shiva’s philosophy, we realize that ego has no place in his life.
Shiva does not succomb to the values or norms of the world. While other gods adorn themselves with priceless jewelry and elaborate attire, Shiva dresses in a rough tiger-skin loincloth, snakes adorning his chest and ash highlighting his forehead.
When he is tired of the world he breaks all materialistic ties and goes to his abode on Mount Kailash to meditate. And while he meditates, he fulfills the prophecy of his name – Shiva the Destroyer.
But what does Shiva destroy while he is meditating? Isn’t meditation supposed to be a time of peace?
When I talk of Shiva being the Destroyer, I am referring to destruction on a metaphysical level. When Shiva feels he is losing his Ekagrata and Sayyam, he breaks all ties with the world and goes to the mountains to mediate. While meditating, he seeks out his weaknesses and destroys them.
He destroys ego and anger to rejuvenate his focus and balance.
Ego is something that is easy to succumb to. The need to be right, for example, can easily take over your life, ruining your inner peace and your relationships. Many times, ego can give the false illusion of self-respect.
How does one distinguish between ego and self-respect? Perhaps this is best summed up by the great German Thinker, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He once said, “Judge a man by the way he treats those who can do nothing for him.”
How can this quote help distinguish between ego and self-respect? It’s very simple really, an egotistical person will be rude, obnoxious or even cruel to those he/she considers unimportant.
No self-respecting person would ever behave like that. If you have followed the guidance of Shiva to strengthen your Ekagrata and Sayyam, and have instilled within yourself Sambhava or inner peace, then what joy would you get out of yelling at someone, whether you care for them or not? Why would you want to rant and rage at all?
Shiva is the destroyer of ego. He never lets himself be pulled into an ego trip even though he is one of the mightiest gods on the Indian Subcontinent. For Shiva, any problem can be solved through communication. We see that in his relationships with his wives because he treats them as equals. He does not dominate or put them down. Instead he converses with them, answers all their questions and lets them have their own opinions.
While Shiva destroys all that is negative, he also clears a path for the creation of something new.
And in this way, Shiva is also the Creator.
To instill the feeling of Purnatva within, you must practice the Truths of Shiva in times of stress as well as during times of ease. In these instances of difficulty, you must go inward to revive a sense of completeness and wholesomeness. For after all, this is something that can only reside within!
With these Truths, you are now armed to face the world and all the challenges that it has to throw at you. But as I have always told you, this is not an easy path. You must practice the Truths of Shiva with diligence and perseverance in good times and bad.
Remember that while the Truths of Shiva will help you towards Purnatva and achieving a fulfilled, content life, you yourself must be positive and also take action toward your desires. Practicing the Truths of Shiva in short spurts, then returning to a mind of negative thinking and little effort will get you nowhere.
Once you truly understand these Truths and the importance of focus, balance, detachment and inner peace, you will realize yourself that sitting around is not the answer.
Make an effort to recognize and harness your unique, inherent nature and use the Truths of Shiva to strive towards Purnatva. In the instances or situations when you feel fragmented, be sure to delve deep within to revive your sense of completeness and wholesomeness.
I tell you this with complete conviction, for it is through Shiva’s 6 Truths that I was able to discover my own inherent nature and move on with my life towards Purnatva. And while this journey is not yet over, it has taught me a lot about who I am, what I want and more than anything, what it is that makes me content and happy in my life.
While these Lessons have introduced you to Shiva’s Truths, and the positive impact they can have upon your life, this is but an introduction. In the complete, Shiva Experience Program, we go much deeper.
Over the course of the complete program, you will discover the full power of Shiva’s 6 Truths, and how you can apply them in multiple ways to your life. Through in-depth teachings and an explanation of their meanings, I guide you in using the Truths of Shiva to overcome great adversity, maintain a sense of balance both internally and externally, and live a more fulfilled life.
Here are a few other benefits of working with the full program:
● When you channel Purnatva into your career… you will gain an inspiring confidence in your decisions and abilities, that in turn helps you accomplish much more with less effort.
● When you channel Purnatva into your relationships… communication with your loved ones becomes more meaningful and perceptive, as you intuitively connect with their thoughts and needs.
● When you channel Purnatva into your health… you will start automatically rejecting unhealthy lifestyle choices, and gravitate towards the choices that honor your mind, body and spirit.
● When you channel Purnatva into your finances… you will gain a newfound sense of abundance, and no longer struggle with feelings of guilt or fear related to money or spending.
Now that you have completed the full introductory program, you are definitely ready to immerse yourself in all that this fascinating God has to offer you.You can get the guidance and understanding you need to Master each of Shiva’s Truths and embody the qualities of Purnatva.
This is your opportunity to take what you have learned over the past 6 days and truly make it work in every area of your life. With the complete, Shiva Experience Program, you will find the guidance and support to:
• Improve your relationships
• Enhance your financial circumstances
• Make proper choices for your career
• Gain a deep sense of inner balance and tranquility
• Overcome obstacles standing between you and your desires
• Maintain your composure under stress
• Be a source of positivity and light for your loved ones
Now that you have begun, the best thing to do is maintain your momentum. It would be my pleasure and my honor to continue to support you
on your journey to Purnatva.
Om Namah Shivaya
Dr. Nilima Chitgopekar