Shiva Your Route to a Divine Relationship
Another chapter that stems from a Yogi or a saint (Yogi Ashwini) is based on Shiva’s life and how he teaches about marriage and the route to real relationship.
Today when we are experiencing relationships reduced to material gains, it is heartening to realize how the old lost veda’s that secured the learning of the first known god still holds relevance.
I am not a patron of religion or even believe in god. What I do value is the learning that has been lost over time, that was understood by the earliest civilizations at their very apex. I wonder if we have reached a point where we need to go back to these learnings and realize that they had to end cause they didn’t value these learnings.
I share these, and I leave it up to you to decide if you value them or let them be.I hope you enjoy the article below
Everything in the universe is in its place because of balance. A harmonious balance between two complementary forces is an integral part of nature. As the half-female, half-male Ardhanareshwar, Shiva represents the union of (Shiva’s wife) Prakriti, the energy force, and Shiva as Purusha (man or cosmic man), the two manifest aspects of the Cosmic Consciousness, Brahmn.
Both Prakriti and Purusha are two different aspects of nature and they come together to form a perfect, harmonious balance between two complementary forces. This is the concept of marriage in Vedic philosophy.
The marriage of two individuals is intended to create a harmonious balance very similar to that of the Ardhanareshwar. They come together to form a union, becoming an inseparable part of each other’s lives. The partners take care of each other’s needs for the rest of their lives with mutual devotion, dignity and respect.
Woman is considered as the force or Shakti in a man’s life. How long a marital relationship lasts would depend upon the evolution of that relationship the higher the purpose, the longer the union would be. The bonds are established between two individuals at the level of chakras or energy centres. There are certain characteristics pertaining to each chakra, and the union happens at the level of these characteristics.
The lowest level is that of basic earthly desires, characteristics of the mooladhar chakra, pertaining to the satisfaction of grosser needs like sharing of wealth and belongings. There’s no higher purpose of the two partners coming together. A little above this is the connection based on sexual desires at the level of the swadhishthan chakra, at the level of physical Creation. Above this is the connection established on the plane of power, be it social, political, or economic, at the manipoorak chakra.
Most marriages exist at the level of attachment, when the partners feel that one cannot exist without the other. When this is misunderstood to be love, there are chances of a weakening of the relationship. The basic concept behind the marriage is that of ‘togetherness and oneness’, and this is found to be lacking in these relationships. People tend to get tied up, blinded by their own selfishness that they come to value individual needs more than the equitable give and take harmonious balance represented by the Ardhanareshwar symbol.
A connection formed on the basis of love is much higher and has no ties. It is established at the anahat chakra, the seat of selfless love. Love can never hold you back. It will not tie you down with emotions and conditions. It is selfless. Love sets you free because you are happy in the happiness of the person you love, unconditionally.
Even rarer are the connections established at the level of vishudhi chakra that are based on higher forms of creativity, where people come together when they have risen above their own selfish needs and can now think beyond themselves.
Then comes the highest energy centre in a being, the ajna chakra that is the seat of Shiva in the human body. The connection formed here is so subtle that in the current flow of circumstances, it might be very difficult indeed to find it. Such a union would be similar to that of Shiva and Shakti, complete in every respect.
SRC: Times of India, 7th October, 2009