The conventional realizing of Shiva informed via tales and teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana
• Explains Shiva’s contradictory varieties, corresponding to destroyer or benefactor, and the way his shape is dependent upon the desires of the devotee
• unearths how Shiva’s teachings enable one to work out in the course of the illusions on the root of all grief and alienation in human lifestyles
• Explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and together with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya
Shiva, the main historical and complicated deity of the Hindu pantheon, has been portrayed in lots of contrasting lighting: destroyer and benefactor, ascetic and householder, wild demon slayer and calm yogi atop Mount Kailash. Drawing from the Hindu sacred textual content the Shiva Mahapurana--said to be written through Shiva himself--Vanamali selects the basic tales of Shiva, either these from his darkish wild aspect and people from his benevolent peaceable aspect.
Vanamali discusses Shiva’s many avatars resembling Shambunatha and Bhola, in addition to Dakshinamurti who taught the shastras and tantras to the rishis. She explores Shiva’s relationships with Durga, Shakti, Sati, and Parvati and along with his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya. analyzing Shiva’s attractiveness of outsiders, Vanamali explains why ghosts and ghouls are his attendants and why his maximum devotees are demon kings, like Ravana. She comprises recognized Shiva tales similar to the Descent of the River Ganga and Churning the Milky Ocean in addition to those who demonstrate the beginning of the competition of lighting fixtures, Diwali; his construction of the cosmic couple, or hierogamos; and the way Shiva and Parvati taught the realm the secrets and techniques of Kundalini Shakti. the writer additionally attracts upon Shaivite teachings to demonstrate the variations among Western technology and Vedic technology and their factors for the origins of cognizance.
Integrating Shiva’s aspects, the fierce and the peaceable, Vanamali finds that Shiva’s shape is determined by the wishes of the devotee. knowing his teachings permits one to work out throughout the illusions on the root of all grief and alienation in human lifestyles, for Shiva is the wielder of maya who doesn't fall less than its spell. whereas Ganesha is named the remover of hindrances, Shiva is the remover of tears.