I have a wish. I want Lord Shiva to appear before me.

Would you please tell me what should I do to attain this?

  • Pray to him deeply, he will definitely appear before you. He is your eternal father and father will come before son if son calls him.
    – Pinakin
    Nov 11, 2015 at 6:40
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    It is said that after chanting Shiva's (any God) name or mantra 13 crore times with earnest devotion, Shiva will appear before you in Physical form. I'm not sure where it was written in scriptures but i saw this on some blogs. You can do that in 4 years with this current busy way of life. All the best
    – The Destroyer
    Nov 11, 2015 at 7:28
  • @AnilKumar No, chanting his name 13 crore times is not required. Sincere devotion is more than enough. In 'Autobiography of a Yogi', Paramahansa Yogananda said that once he prayed very deeply to God, after a few hours, a person came to his door, he was Mahavatar Babaji. In 'Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master', Sri M said that Mahavatar Babaji is none other than Lord Shiva himself.
    – Pinakin
    Nov 11, 2015 at 7:45
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    getting true GURU in this kaliyuga is difficult. Most common answer to "How to get Guru ?" would be just meditate on Lord and Lord will send a Guru for you. Wait for answers or suggestions from Pro members like @sai and swamivishwanada .
    – The Destroyer
    Nov 11, 2015 at 10:47
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    If you want a Jnana answer then: Ask yourself the question, 'Why do you want Lord Shiva to appear before you?' find out the answer to this question. As you go deeper and deeper, only two possible answers will remain 'I want to prove something to someone' or 'I cannot live without seeing Him for I love Him dearly'. If it is the latter, then ask yourself 'Who is Lord Shiva' and this question will give you Real Darshan of Lord Shiva. If it is the former then you will have to continue with the question 'Why do I want to prove'? and you will realize 'I do not need proof, for my Existence is Proof'.
    – Sai
    Nov 12, 2015 at 17:17

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The following is an excerpt from Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi. May be it is useful to you.

Miss Umadevi, a Polish lady convert to Hinduism, asked Sri Bhagavan:

I once before told Sri Bhagavan how I had a vision of Siva at about the time of my conversion to Hinduism. A similar experience recurred to me at Courtallam. These visions are momentary. But they are blissful. I want to know how they might be made permanent and continuous. Without Siva there is no life in what I see around me. I am so happy to think of Him. Please tell me how His vision may be everlasting to me.

M.: You speak of a vision of Siva. Vision is always of an object. That implies the existence of a subject. The value of the vision is the same as that of the seer. (That is to say, the nature of the vision is on the same plane as that of the seer.) Appearance implies disappearance also. Whatever appears must also disappear. A vision can never be eternal.

Visions of God have their place below the plane of Self-Realisation.

The crux of that teaching is that Visions of GOD have a place much below the REALISATION OF GOD.

The visions of the GOD are our own projections of perceptions of GOD, but not REAL.

Even Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa had visions of various GODs. Did he stop there? No. He went on with his spiritual practices, till he got the REALISATION.

Coming to the crucial part of it - The visions of God -be it Shiva, Vishnu or Shakti, etc, - will come to a person depending upon the intensity of devotion.

In order to do that one must be prepared to devote maximum amount of his time for praying only, that too under the guidance of a competent GURU only.

Please do not be deceived by the life histories of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sri Ramana Maharshi, etc.

They are a class apart. Their devotion, commitment are not easy to acquire for a common man.

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    I strongly disagree. Devotion is not rocket science, there is NO exception in devotion. Sun gives its rays to the most sinful person and the most extraordinary yogi. It knows no discrimination.
    – Pinakin
    Nov 11, 2015 at 7:48
  • @ChinmaySarupria: I never said there is exception in devotion. I only stated that we should not be swayed away with the life histories of Great persons and immdiately jump into devotion, as it demands commitment. Nov 11, 2015 at 7:56
  • I like this point @ChinmaySarupria The visions of the GOD are our own projections of perceptions of GOD, but not REAL.
    – Nisar
    Nov 11, 2015 at 10:20
  • @srimannarayanakv Yes it is true that visions of God are not the highest thing but what do you mean by one's own projection?
    – Pinakin
    Nov 11, 2015 at 10:33
  • @ChinmaySarupria: please go through this article hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/9024/… Nov 11, 2015 at 11:13

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