In the first chapter, I begin with a story about how the world came into existence.
The Story of Creation
In the beginning neither time nor space existed. All that existed was Brahma (the Creator as per Hindu Mythology) in a golden lotus, waiting for it to bloom.
Soon, the lotus bloomed in which Brahma was resting.
Brahma was anxious and confused about how the world he had created will further evolve? While Brahma was still pondering, in front of him a cosmic image appeared called Ardhnarnari (a manifestation of Shiva), and told Brahma that his creation was only half complete and he needs to create the other half as well for the world to further evolve.
Prajapati’s were fathers, but there were no mothers on the planet till this point. Brahma understood the message and started creating the other equally important part of our humanity, i.e. mothers called Ushas as per the ancient scriptures.
When Brahma finished the beautiful creation of mothers, the Prajapatis looked at the Usha’s in surprise. Suddenly from Brahma’s heart, emerged a dark and good looking young man. Everyone was amazed at this new creation and asked, “Who are you?” and the young man promptly replied: “I am Kama”.
This was the birth of Kama, the lord of desire, who like a cupid then started shooting arrows igniting love in all men.
In the above story we see that there is a hidden message that Shiva wishes to communicate. Unlike, any other mythological figure, Shiva appears first as Ardhnarnari, personifying himself as half man and half woman and promptly communicates to Brahma that there is no meaning of men in this world without women and vice versa. He instructs Brahma saying “You created only one half of the world, and you must create the other half for the world to multiply”.
We can draw the same analogy to our world and lives. Shiva teaches us through this story that our world is complete and evolution occurs only in partnership with others. This refers most prominently to our better halves, but also to our near and dear ones.
Shiva also teaches us about desire, or Kama, an integral part of creation. Controlling ones Kama is amongst one of the toughest things for any man to do and hence plays such an integral part in deciding how are lives turn out to be. This leads us to the question, why was desire created; wouldn’t it be better if there was no desire?
The creators here communicate to us that it is our desires that makes our lives progressive, it is our desire that we want to live a comfortable life, be loving towards others and be loved in return. To enjoy the lord’s creation we must have a desire to enjoy it. Hence the creation of Kama was one of the first creations. However balance is an essential element and we must learn to control our Kama to be in line with our resources.
When Kama’s arrow struck Brahma, he became desirous of the Usha’s. And before he could get a hold of them, the Usha’s fled in the form of a cow. Brahma followed them by becoming a Bull.
The Usha’s started changing their form, creating new creatures like dolphins, hares, mosquitoes, tigresses and birds. In the course of Brahma chasing the Usha’s being a victim of his desires, all animals and birds were created.
Seeing this chase, the Prajapatis grew worried as they were still responsible for the multiplication of Mankind, but they didn’t know what to do. No one could dare stop Brahma, their own creator. They screamed for help.
This is when Shiva appeared in the form of Rudra. Rudra fired an arrow at Brahma and stunned him hard enough that Brahma returned to his senses and regained control over his desires and hence Shiva saved the Usha’s.
All Prajapatis were amazed and inquisitively asked “Who are you?” Rudra replied “I am Shiva”.
Brahma acknowledged Shiva as being responsible for helping him return to his senses. He made Shiva the master of all the above-mentioned creatures that were created during Brahma’s chase of Usha; he was thus named Pashupati, meaning lord of the creatures, and the one who controls our passions.
Even though Shiva is the one who propagated Kama’s birth, he was also the one who curbed the same in Brahma. Here Shiva teaches us that as much it is important for us as human beings to have desires, it is also important that we are mindful in the times when we are driven by sheer desire without being backed by justifiable thought.
By shooting at Brahma he indicates that no one is spared from their desires, but at the same time, everyone needs to bear the consequences if they are unable to control their desires, when the situation demands.
Thank you for reading this chapter. I would love to hear from you which facets of Shiva’s life you would like to hear about and also about what you think of the Shiva Secrets Program.
Dr. Nilima Chitgopekar
The Shiva Experience
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