Shiva had finally made his family known to me, I guess he had always been subtly drawing my attention; but having been in an unconscious state I had not really come to notice. The timing now was right, having awoken I was more perceptive and fully alert. So who was this strange looking character by the name of Shiva? he appeared very human like in his physiology yet seemingly had some very peculiar features about him. At this stage I had two options to consider either I just accept what I saw or dig a little deeper as to the real meaning behind this awe-inspiring deity. As you can imagine my inquisitive nature took me straight into the deeper realms of discovering more about this destroyer.
The name Shiva is symbolic of the masculine principle, what is referred to as pure consciousness. Shiva is literally ‘that which is not’, everything is said to originate from shiva and at the same time everything is drawn back into shiva. It is as if shiva is seen as being both the creator and the destroyer, the so called beginning and end of. If this is the meaning behind this character then why has this so called Shiva been characterised as the image you see above. His blue appearance, his seated pose, the snake around his neck. These were all the questions I constantly kept asking myself. It took no time at all to find my answers and the more I thought about it all, the more it made sense.
Shiva just like many of the other unique gods, had one thing in common they were all made to look out of this world, mythological to say the least. It was this unusual look that made it finally click and what a revelation it was. It had occurred to me that what I was looking at was not just a deity or some mystical being; but a symbol. A symbol that had been beautifully designed and perfectly ordained to convey a hidden message. A message that would be hard to decipher unconsciously; yet ever present when consciousness had become fully receptive. “Wow” what a way to ensure that the hidden message that was being concealed would always remain pure and undoctored, revealed only once the timing was right.
I can only guess that using such elaborate symbols ensured the message would remain pure and untouched, always withstanding the tests of time.
Several months of deep thought pursued this revelation, the words “consciousness” and ‘that which is not‘ kept swimming around in my head. I knew what unconscious was, well I thought I did and the phrase “that which is not” just seemed strange. I guess for some reason I was just meant to keep relaying these phrases back and forth, then only would that day come, of true clarity. I came to the realisation soon after what these two words were actually trying to tell me. Let me share with you what I had found…
“Consciousness” I found was what I had to become, I had to become completely aware. All this time I had been unconscious. I had been unconscious in a deep sleep, living in a dream state so to speak, but I had awoken, I was fully awake now. My Shiva had now been activated, no longer was I being controlled, I was the master, I was the controller. The second phrase of “That which is not” had been trivial initially but had become easier to understand once my Shiva was in action. While I had been asleep, unconscious so to speak everything that I had been living had been based on an illusion, something I had been creating using my mind. But now having my Shiva, fully functional I became aware that I was the one creating the illusions and at the same time I could just as easily dissolve them. So everything was being created by me and at the same time it could be destroyed by me. Pure consciousness, had finally made itself known; but as you all very well know is that with such ‘great power, will always come an even greater responsibility’.
The time had come to enter the next stage of my search, I had so far been exposed to both aspects of Pure consciousness and Pure Energy (Shiva & Shakti). But before I delved further into my search I had to stop and find out more about Shiva and his characteristics. There had to be a reason why he was made to look the way that he was and I had to know everything.
‘Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity’ – Karl Marx