Compilation of 23 articles

Sadhguru Unravels Shiva, The Adiyogi

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Collection of articles by Sadhguru on Shiva. Sadhguru unravels all aspects of Shiva, his relevance in todays time, his life, qualities, symbols and devotees.

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Shiva The Adiyogi

11 min read

Is Shiva A God? What Does Shiva Mean?

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Is Shiva a God sitting up there? Sadhguru explains what does the word 'Shiva' actually mean and the significance of this in the spiritual process.

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3 min read

Shiva – Intoxicated, Still And Exuberant

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As a Yogi, Shiva embodies the three essential qualities - stillness, exuberance and intoxication. Modern science tells us that the core of the cosmos is largely stillness. In Yoga, 'Shi-Va', means ' that which is not'. Once someone experiences life beyond physical and psychological, they naturally become still. It is from this stillness that exuberance rises, which enables one to participate in life. Intoxication is a lubricant allowing one to engage with life effortlessly. Using chemical intoxication renders us incompetent. Sadhguru gives us a simple tool to develop these three essential qualities within ourselves.

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7 min read

What Is Shiva’s Relevance In Our Times?

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Sadhguru says that the most important thing needed right now is to raise human consciousness. Today, we have reached a level of technological advancements, where we can create either heaven or hell on earth. So, unless human consciousness is raised, we will be using our capabilities against us, and not for our own wellbeing. This is why Shiva, the Adiyogi is relevant for us. He represents knowing, not knowlege, and that is what is needed today.

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9 min read

Four Significant Places Where Shiva Spent Time

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Shiva traveled to many places in India. Sadhguru tells us about four significant spaces where he spent time - Kailash, Velliangiri, Kashi and Kantisarovar. He elaborates on the power and energy of these spaces, and why they are significant for any spiritual seeker.

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4 min read

Why Other Cultures Don’t Speak About Shiva?

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Sadhguru tells us that the word 'Shi-va' literally means 'that which is not'. Today modern science is telling us that everything comes from nothing, and goes back to nothing. So, everything comes from Shiva and goes back to Shiva. There is no enlightened being who has not spoken about Shiva, but they have expressed it in the language and symbolism of their region. Sadhguru tells, that the sound 'Shi-va' was arrived at with a profound understanding of life, and uttering this sound directs energy in a certain way.

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13 min read

Sadhguru Unfolds Shiva’s Numerous Forms

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Shiva has many forms. Each of them represents a different dimension and a power possibility for spiritual gowth. Sadhghuru looks at them, and explains the significance of each one of them; Yogishwara, Bhuteshwara, Kaleshwara, Sarveshwara, Shambo, Bholenath, Natraja, Ardhnarishwara, Kalabhairava, Adiyogi, Triambaka. Sadhguru also gives a powerful key "shambho" - a key to dissolve.

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3 min read

Natesha – A Significant Dimension of Shiva

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Sadhguru tells us that natesha is one of the most significant dimensions of Shiva. Shiva identified 84,000 postures the body can take, and derived 84 yogasanas from that. If it is done with poetic grace, it is called classical dance. The Indian art forms are based on the understanding of human mechanics, and are designed to evolve a human being into higher possibilities. In this culture, music and dance, were a spiritual process, and not for entertainment.

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5 min read

Shiva as Tripurantaka

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Sadhguru narrates the compelling tale of Shiva as Tripurantaka. He elaborates on the significance of this tale, and also explains the significance of number three, and the symbolism of three lines of ash on Shiva's forehead.

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11 min read

What Do Shiva’s Symbols Signify?

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We always see images of Shiva with certain adornments. What do these signify? Sadhguru tells us about the significance of these symbols; The third eye, Nandi, Trishul, Moon, Snake, and Why Vilva leaf is dear to Shiva. Sadhguru elaborates on the symbols of the third eye - The two sensory eyes can only see that which is physical. If one wants to perceive life that is beyond the physical, then one needs to look inwards. The third eye is to look within. For one to see and perceive reality the way it is, and not distort it by individual karmic influences, your third eye has to open up. Sadhguru also narrates a story of how Shiva burnt Kama with his third eye.

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8 min read

Why Does Shiva Sit At The Cremation Grounds (Shamshana)?

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Sadhguru tells us that for most human beings, the moment of death or possibility of death is the most intense moment. It is because of this, that Shiva sits at the cremation ground, or kayanta. Most people are not aware that they are immortal, and it is only the end of the body. They live life just as kaya (body), not as jeeva (life). Sadhguru says "Shiva sits at the smashan, bored with you and your play, bored because the whole drama all over town is absolutely stupid. The only real thing happens at the cremation ground."

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4 min read

Shiva And His 7 Disciples (Saptrishis)

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Sadhguru tells us the probable reason why Adiyogi decided to teach only one of the seven aspects of yoga to each of the Saptrishi; and how by offering him whatever they had learnt as guru dakshina and becoming empty, all the the seven aspects (112 ways) became present in all seven of them!

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4 min read

Shiva Puranas – Science Through Stories

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Shiva Purana expresses science by way of beautiful stories. Sadhguru tells that to express the boundless, we created many wonderful forms of Shiva. Contradicting and conflicting aspects of personality have been built into Shiva. Stories in Shiva Purana, if one looks at them carefully, you will see the entire modern physics, the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics...

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The Story of Shiva and Sati – Birth of 54 Shakti Sthalas

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Shiva found access to the reality of creation in utter stillness or in absolute movement. Intrigued by watching him move from utter stillness to mad dance, and being in absolute ecstasy in both, the Gandharvas and Yakshas were keen to get an grasp of this experience. To have an insider, they plotted and got Shiva married to Sati. Sadhguru narrates the story of how Sati burnt herself up in the ceremonial fire, and how 54 Shakti Sthalas were born when a despondent Shiva carried her rotting corpse.

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The Story Of Shiva Kicking Off Ravana Of Kailash

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Ravana was a fierce devotee of Shiva. Once, he travelled all the way to Kailash from down south to see Shiva. He came all the way from south to meet him. All along the long and tumultuous journey, he kept singing Shiva's praises and composed 1008 verses extempore which called Shiva Tandava Stotram. Carrying a drum with him, the music and beats he produced were so melodious that Shiva was completely engrossed and enthralled listening to this. As Ravana came nearer and nearer, he started climbing Kailash from the South Face. What happened as he was about to reach the top?

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The Story Of Malla Bandit – A Shiva Devotee

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Sadhguru tells the captivating story of Malla who was a bandit but a fierce Shiva devotee. How he celebrated mahashivaratri, and how he attained to mahasamadhi.

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The Story Of Sage Poosalar – A Shiva Devotee

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Sadhguru tells the wonderful story of sage Poosalar, the shiva devotee. He tells us that - "This well-known legend of southern India reminds us of a profound truth: if devotion overflows, divinity will follow and serve you."

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The Story – When Shiva Takes You For A Ride

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Sadhguru tells a short beautiful story from the yogic lore - when shiva takes you for a ride!

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The Story – When Shiva Lost His Home (Badrinath)

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Sadhguru tells us the story of how Vishnu tricked Shiva and Parvati out of their home in Badrinath. They finally settled in Kedarnath.

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The Story of Shiva’s Companions – The Ganas

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Ganas were alwaya around Shiva. His private company was always with Ganas. The yogic lore described them as demented distorted beings. Why is it that they looked so different? Could it be that they were celestial beings who came from some other place? Could it be that Shiva himself was a celestial being? Sadhguru also tells us that that Ganesha, is Ganapati, i.e. with a Gana's head, and not Gajapati, it is not an elephant trunk!

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The Story of Punyashi – Shiva’s Love Affair

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Not many would believe that Shiva could be a passionate lover. He is always portrayed as a intense and dispassionate yogi. Shiva has many facets to him, whatever we say about him, the opposite is also true. Sadhguru tells us about Punyakshi, Shiva's south Indian love affair. Though it did not find success, it resulted in the kailash of the south!

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The Story of Akka Mahadevi – A Shiva Devotee

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Sadhguru tells us about Akka Mahadevi, a woman who defied a king and walked naked out of her devotion to the Adiyogi.

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The Story of Nandanar – A Shiva Devotee

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Sadhguru tells the beautiful story of a bonded labor, who later became known as Nandanar!

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What Is Shivanga Sadhana?

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This is a profound article by Sadhguru, and a must read for all those seeking to grow spiritually, and all those concerned about their own wellbeing. Sadhguru elaborates on the various aspects of shivanga sadhana and their significance. This simple process brings a certain organic intelligence into the system, a different dimension of intelligence is invoked, making life effortless.

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