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Ardhanarishvara – half man half women !!

Ardhanarishvara – a form that depicts Shiv and Parvati together, in one body. The most loved and revered God – Shiva is said to have given a part of him to Parvati or in some writings, Parvati willingness to experience Shiva’s energy made her pulled in Shiva.

I guess because of the male skewed society since ages, the emphasis has been given to Shiv more just because He was a male first. All writings that i have read says that Shiva shed a part of Him to accommodate Parvati.

I have something more to add on to the understanding that has been said and written since ages.

Prior to your reading ahead, do give a read to Sadhguru’s explanation to Ardhanarishvara. He definitely has given a nice explanation, but there are some more that i would want to add on to his explanation and also there is something that i might want to really differ to.

http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/yoga-meditation/demystifying-yoga/ardhanarishvara/

Ardhanarishvara is a form that holds Male(Shiva) and Female(Parvati) in pure balance. This form that is usually said to be of Shiv, could also be said to be of Parvati. So to say that Shiva gave his body to accommodate Parvati does not really sound too perfect to me. Male has been given undue weight-age since ages and its time that a better understanding needs to be developed. The male biased mindset could be seen in everything around.  And is one of the reason for the major turmoil going all around. Why? (Shall write on this in my next chapter)

Everything in nature is at sheer balance. The entire solar system is at balance, nature itself is in balance with everything. This is exactly what Ardhanarishvara signifies. A complete and wholesome balance – half male and half female. Sadhguru mentioned in his article very clearly that this form doesn’t mean two people getting connected – the “feminine” and “masculine” are certain qualities, but he could not be more clear to his audience.

What are those qualities ? What is that balance that even the God depicts ? Does this balance has something to do with the kind of world that have been created today ?

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To go further we need to understand the true nature of a Male and a Female.

Male is all intellect and strength.

Female is all love and beauty.

Ardhanarishvara – is a unison of the true male and the true female. Ardhanarishvara is intellect, strength, love and beauty in one body –  the body of God – Shiva and Parvati signifies these qualities in a male and female. This is the balance of life that God depicts. Every male should have the true nature of female imbibed in him and every female should have the true nature of male imbibed in her.

The world at large is not in balance today. I feel this form, that even God depicts has much much to do with every human being on this earth today. There are many divine souls who have found this balance and have a very good understanding to the balance – inside and outside. The Gods are not just to worship – the Gods are to be lived !!

Meditation – lessons for beginners

Silhouette of a man figure meditating in the outdoors
1. Start with early mornings. Theres no restriction of time when you do Mediation, but for beginners take the early morning slots. Get up early. Freshen up and find a nice , clean and peaceful place in your house. Any place that’s like open balcony or garden facing will be ideal. The noise should be minimum or zero.
2. Play a slow light instrumental music. You will find many on youtube. Download one that suits you best – sound of ocean waves, birds chirping, soothing instrumental…
3. Sit in the most comfortable position that u can. This could be anywhere, on bed, chair, floor…Make sure it is comfortable for you and where you will be able to sit for some decent time.
4. Close your eyes and just sit calmly for some time. Let those thoughts come to you. Try and observe them. Don’t follow any of the thought, remember just observe them. This step is to understand the thought process and is important to progress further.
5. Write down the thoughts that has come to you.
6. Practice the above 4 for 2-3 days time frame.
7. Once you start understanding your thoughts, then we move to the next stage. Here we follow the routine steps till 3. In the 4th step, instead of just being an observer now we start creating our thoughts. The idea is to control your thoughts first. Try switching from one thought to the other. This might be difficult in the early stage, but with practice this seems not much of a tough task.
8. Another very good practice to distract yourself from your unnecessary thoughts is to imagine. Imagination is powerful and can relax us in many ways. Whenever uncontrolled thoughts attack you, switch to imagination of something beautiful – A flower, beach, ocean, nature.. anything that you probably thinks keeps your attention and also is not disturbing .benefits-of-meditation-2
9. Now comes the stage where we learn to ask our own self to stop talking. Yes the inner voice, that’s continuous, the noise in the head should be lessen to reach to harmony with oneself. This is the stage where we try going thoughtless. Do this in pauses at first. Try to pause your inner voice in between. In those small pause and gaps you will find a free flow of your mind.Try achieving that free flow for longer times, that means long pauses between inner voice . These gaps open your mind to a newer world. You will feel the instant effect of something really better and far more soothing than anything.
The power of meditation is immense