Shiva as Bholenath: The story of Bhasmasura

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Sadhguru narrates the intriguing story of a yogi Bhasmasura, who comes and asks Shiva for powers, "whatever he turns should turn into ashes". Sadhguru tells about Shiva's dimension as Bholenath. Without any discretion, Shiva grants to whoever asks.


Duration: 3 min


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Shiva as Bholenath: The story of Bhasmasura

The following is an unedited transcript of Sadhguru's video. For better readability, breaks and highlights have been added by the editors.

There is a whole host of incidents or situations, which happened on the south side of Kailash. All kinds of people got the best things from Shiva.The world would judge that these people don’t deserve it, but he never made that judgment. When they asked, he gave.

All of you know Bhasmasura? So this is a yogi, who comes and asks Shiva that he wants to have this power, that whoever he touches, they should turn into ashes. Shiva says, “Okay, have it.” Then the guy wants to put his hand on Shiva’s head. So he wants to try whether it works or not, on Shiva. So Shiva got up and ran. And then as usual he consulted Vishnu, what to do? Vishnu said, “Wait” and he transformed himself into Mohini or a very enchanting woman. So he came and he danced in front of Bhasmasura.

Bhasmasura forgot about Shiva and ran after this woman. So she said, “You must dance as I dance, then I am yours.” He said, “Okay.” So she did this, he did this; she did this, he did this, everything happened this, this, this, [different postures] and she did this [put her hand on her head] and he also did that, and became ashes.

Shiva is always seen as a very powerful being, at the same time not so crafty with the world. So one form of Shiva is known as Bholenath, because he is childlike. Not that he is stupid, but he doesn’t care to use intelligence in all those petty ways.

It’s only shrewd, low level intelligence which is constantly thinking how to get better of somebody. Intelligence and street smart guile are two different things. Being smart is always in comparison with somebody else. Being intelligent is not in comparison with anybody else, it’s just by its own nature. So, intelligence is significant, because intelligence is never in competition, it is simply an expression of life.

Shiva The Adiyogi

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