Gate Keeper | Shakti Enters A New Space

Gate Keeper | Secret Mirrors

Patience has always been seen as a virtue and who better too show it to me than the gate keeper. The gate keeper had been seated quietly in pose, just waiting patiently for the time to come to hear his long awaited order. A gentle voice now whispered “son its time open the gates for me, let me light up the path that will lead you to heaven”. As the gate keepers gates crashed open, a burst of intense energy (shakti) surged straight through, it had just entered a new space, fiercely it burst forth free and electrifying. It was at that very moment that I came to realise how important Shiva had really become. She needed controlling and it would take a conscious effort on my part to ease her down slowly.

I can only imagine from this standpoint that if Shiva had remained dormant, and by some random chance Shakti had passed through the gates then destruction would definitely have been on the cards. Fortunately for me the gate keeper had kept things held in place. Only when both Shiva and Shakti were active could Shakti enter her new abode. Her journey needed guidance but where was she going? Why did she need close vigilance? New questions were arising; I knew now though that the answers would reveal themselves exactly when needed. Fear no longer drove me, I had become fearless. I felt free and anew, this change was amazing and I was naturally evolving to keep it that way.

All this time Shakti had been sitting dormant in her home of the muladhara chakra, her son ganesha had been guarding her very closely. She was a coiled serpant waiting to be set free, freedom was what she had been seeking but only when her patience was under control would she be granted her wish. Only her keeper could order her to pass, only then could kundalini begin her ascension back to her origin, her source. Her journey was not going to be easy; but knowing that Shiva was by her side she would find comfort with every step she took. There were going to be many challenges on her new path, each one exposing her to new battles. It was in these battles she would come to learn about life and it would be from these lessons she would experience all that life would have to offer her. Shiva would always be silently guiding her when she was faced with adversity and it was in this solace she knew that she was safe and secure. It was in his arms that she would find a new love, a love for who and what she really was.

The real journey had just began, one of immense importance, one that could reset everything I had ever known. The jigsaw was slowly piecing together and one day it would finally reveal its secret.

‘It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you,but no one can walk it for you’– Rumi

Lord Shiva | Characteristics – Pt2

Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva has and always will be a majestic and thought provoking character for me. He has always captivated me in an unexplainable way; but only is it now that I am in a place of pure bliss that I can unravel the strong grip he has had over me for so many years. Lord Shiva just seems to have this presence, when you are close to him he literally takes your breath away. And rightly so he should, because what he will show you when you are ready will revolutionise your world forever.

Lord Shiva’s characteristics are those of enormous significance, only when you look very closely will you realise what they mean. Firstly it is important to understand that Lord Shiva is one of many forms, each one of his forms depicting different qualities of which you will find in each living being. The importance of this is to understand that we all have different characteristics which make us unique, but what is significant is that we are conscious of them and in full control of them. Then only can these characteristics become useful in finding out more about who we truly are.

The main aspects of Lord Shiva that I will elaborate on are as follows, each one of these will make you more conscious and more mindful, while you continue on your journey of life. The first trait of this divine cosmic being is his so called “third eye“. Shiva is said to possess, not only the two physiological eyes you and I have; but also an additional one which sits between the two. This third eye is the entrance to the mind. It is the eye what will eventually dissolve all Maya (illusion) that you see and will give rise to total reality. The eye is said to make one both more aware and conscious, eventually leading one to his or her true self, the true reality of pure consciousness. Once the third eye is said to be active you will find that you no longer are projecting the illusionary world that you see around you. Instead you will learn to embrace it in all its beauty and come to the realisation that you are the world and that the world is you.

Lord shiva is seen to carry a three pronged trishul (trident). The symbolic significance of this is to remind us about balance in life. Life is energy and its the flow of energy that governs balance. The energy system is made up of 72,000 nadis (channels), of which the main three sources are Ida, Pingala & Sushumna. Ida you will find on the left, Pingala on the right and Sushumna in the centre. Ida is said to represent the feminine aspect of ones self, calming, cool, emotional, seeking desires. Whereas the Pingala is said to represent the male aspect of ones self, anger, heat, emotionless, detached actions. Sushumna is the centre energy channel, which when once you have balanced your ida and pingala, you will enter, duality will become unity. People will spend there whole lives oscillating between ida and pingala; but those fortunate enough to enter sushumna will start to see the magic that awaits them. Life will suddenly change as kundalini is awakened, the once dormant coiled serpent that sat quietly in the muladhara chakra, will finally make itself known. Believe me you will know when you have entered sushumna, because that is when your ascension to pure consciousness will have begun.

Shiva no matter where you look, will always be depicted with cobra snakes adorning his body. In particular you will find a snake around his neck, the centre of the vishuddi chakra, the fifth centre of the energy system. Vishuddi literally means “especially pure”, cobras as you are aware carry a venomous poison of which the effects are very well documented. The symbolic meaning of the cobras in this case is to show that the vishuddi chakra acts as a block/filter to help prevent negative thoughts, emotions, energy or ideas from entering the energy system and thus keeping order and balance. Only that which is pure will be filtered through, thus ensuring your ascension remains upwards through the energy system.

The moon that adorns Lord Shivas head is a symbolic representation of the feminine characteristics of being cool, calm, patient, relaxed yet alert. You will find Shiva is depicted in a yogic pose, a position representing total relaxation and intoxication, he is pure consciousness. He is in a total state of bliss, completely immersed in self, yet he is fully alert. When you have found your real self, you will instantly find that you are totally relaxed and at ease. Its from this place that you will finally start to change not only your reality, but for those around you.

It is these symbolic representations that are a reminder of what the human race should be looking at, at all times to achieve. It is only by understanding your inner world and creating that inner space which is you sanctuary. Will you be able to find true balance and harmony, once you get that right your outer world will magically transform forever.

‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see’

– Henry David Thoreau

Shiva – The Destroyer – Pt 1

Shiva | Secret Mirrors

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 “consciousnessand ‘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

Shakti – Pure Divine Energy Pt 1

Shakti | Secret Mirrors

Shakti had now made herself very well known to me. She had revealed herself to me in the most powerful of ways. It was as if slow and easy revelations was not really in her best of interests. It became apparent that she knew exactly what she was doing and to fully grab my undivided attention she had to come at me with full force. Believe me when I say “full force” this was a force to reckon with.

Shakti or pure divine energy is said to be the essence of all that exists in life. She cannot be created nor can she be destroyed. All shakti does is merely transfer from one state on to the next. ‘Shakti’ or ‘Prakriti’ is symbolic of the feminine aspect of a person’s nature, it is the activating power and energy that leads to both motion and change. As I explained previously “Shakti” had been a word I had been exposed to from a very young age; but now was the right time to find its true meaning, its true origin. Where was I going to begin “I thought” it was easy when I finally realised. The best place to begin was at home, the home where I had first heard the term. Unexpectedly I did not have to search very far as what I was looking for had always been in plain sight for me to see. Within every hindu family home, you will always find some form of small temple or mandir. This temple is always beautifully designed and in it houses a selection of deities selected carefully by each family. The temple represents a place of worship, a place where a devotee can be one with the divine.

Hinduism has always been classed as a polytheistic religion whereby people believe in a multitude of different gods and goddesses, each having their own reasons and purpose behind their beliefs. Usually beliefs are passed down through different generations and rituals of these deities continue happening without any real questioning. This is something I had also been accustomed to during my younger years, questioning any aspect of beliefs would never really lead to definitive answers. In essence I had always felt like the blind had been following the blind when it came to idol worship. Every time I had tried to open my eyes to the whole ritualistic process my questioning had fallen completely on deaf ears. Its as if it was better to just stay quiet and follow what everybody else around me was doing. Unfortunately I had never really been the one to follow without reasoning, something in me had always pushed me to question everything and this is exactly what I was doing right now.

I began by researching more about the temple that had been housed in my families home for many years. It had a multitude of deities present, all based I assume on what members of my family had beliefs towards. As I would look at these idols and pictures so many questions would arise in my head. Were these images representations of actual people? Had they looked like this previously? How can their me so many idols, baring in mind that India has around 33 million gods and goddesses. In my mind I kept thinking “with so many religions in the world, mostly monotheistic how can hindus believe in this many gods and goddesses”. These are the types of thoughts that ran through my mind daily and with so much to think about and possible avenues to take, I decided to begin my quest with the deity that had always stuck out to me no matter where I had looked. This deity which I had, had an unconscious affinity towards for so long went by the name of Shiva, “Shiva the destroyer” as he was commonly known. Shiva was not alone, sat closely beside him was his wonderful family which consisted of his most beautiful and loyal consort Parvati and their two gracious sons Ganesh and Kartikaya.

Religion had just offered me door too look through. Its as if something was supporting me in my search, and on a deeper level it felt like I was always being guided towards the right direction.

‘Religion is to follow someone else’s word as truth; whereas spirituality is to discover your own truth’– Yogi Kanna

 

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