The third eye as seen on Lord Shiva's forehead is also the spiritual eye or ajna chakra which stands for higher consciousness and allows us to see the real world for the world as we see it is an illusion.
Hindus believe that every human possesses this 'third eye' which can be activated only after years of meditation.
Who gave him the third eye?
Not all lingayats are demanding Lingayatism as separate religion. Only a few lingayat are demanding and that too due to political reasons.
Let us analyze their supposed philosophical differences:
1) Those who demand Ligayat as separate religion, they say Lingayats accept Shiva which is formless, which is different from other Hindus.
Answer: As per ...
Not only Shiva - other gods also have families.
Surya has a son Shani from his wife Chhaya. It's a different fact that Surya didn't accept his son and blamed Chhaya for cheating him. And from another wife Sanjana, he has twins Yama and Yami (Yamuna).
Surya, Indra, and Yamraj also have demigod sons because of Kunti's boon.
For the case of Brahma, all ...
Shakti Vishishtadvaita is the philosophy of a Shaivite sect known as Lingayatism, AKA Virashaivism, founded by the 12th century philosopher Basava. Note that the term "Shaivite" actually means something here; there are a lot of people who call themselves Shaivites, like Iyers for instance, but they're actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's ...
'Shiva' denotes the nature of the self or the transcendental aspect. It represents Turiya which is beyond three Gunas of nature ie. Satva, Rajas and Tamas.
30th verse of Shiva Mahimna Stotra composed by Pushpadanta states:
बहुल-रजसे विश्वोत्पत्तौ भवाय नमो नमः
प्रबल-तमसे तत् संहारे हराय नमो नमः।
जन-सुखकृते सत्त्वोद्रिक्तौ मृडाय नमो नमः
The spider in question is a Shiva Gana named Malyavan.
The Chola dynasty of kings is said to have sprung from the Surya Vamsa, at least according to this Wikipedia page.
The last king to be mentioned in the list is King Kotchenganan, who is incidentally one of the 63 Nayanars.
The list claims that the dynasty descended from Ikshvaku, through Muchukunda, ...
Yes, Shaivites do believe in higher than SadaShiva also. Tirumantiram written by Tirumular is one of the oldest texts considered as authoritative by Shaiva Siddhantin. Tirumular is also one among 63 Nayanars and also among 18 Siddhars.
In his work Tirumantiram:
1) Tirumular states Ultimate state of Jiva is beyond SadaShiva also:
2374 The Ultimate State ...
Taittariya Aranyaka of YajurVeda from 10.17.1 to 10.21.1 contains five mantras and first word of each mantra represents each face of Lord SadaShiva. These Mantras are also in AtharvaVeda Parishista.
सद्योजातं प्रपद्यामि सद्योजाताय.....वामदेवाय नमो ज्येष्ठाय नमः ....अघोरेभ्योऽथ घोरेभ्यो घोरघोरतरेभ्यः ।.......तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि ।.... ईशानः ...
As per Shiva Purana: PART TWO RUDRA SAMHITA: SATI KHAND: Chapter 24,
[Lord Shiva said to Sati:]
The fair-complexioned one is younger brother Laxman, the incarnation of Shesha. The elder brother is complete incarnation of Vishnu. He is called Rama.
So, you can see that Shiva Purana (important scripture for Shaivas) portraits Rama as an ...
Durvasa Rishi created one mind-born daughter, whom he initiated completely in the monistic way. Known as the Ardhatryambaka school of the Bhairava Tantras, this teaching manifests itself secretly from one woman to another. Kashmir Shaivism does not recognize women as inferior. In fact, Swami Lakshmanjoo tells us, “if a woman
remains one-pointed in her ...
TL;DR: Read this PDF document I created.
Let me start off by posting a useful chart from Isabelle Ratié 2016 paper "In Search of Utpaladeva's Lost Vivriti on the Pratyabhijna Treatise", showing exactly what major fragments of Utpaladeva's Vivriti have been discovered to date:
The numbers shown are the verses of Utpaladeva's Ishwara Pratyabhijna Karika (IPK)...
Ramanujacharya does not call Pashupatas as Kalamukhas. In fact, he explicitly states that they are different Shaivite sects, in this section of his Sri Bhashya:
So far it has been shown that the doctrines of Kapila, Kanâda, Sugata, and the Arhat must be disregarded by men desirous of final beatitude; for those doctrines are all alike untenable and foreign ...
Actually for a Vaishnava it's better to go for a Vaishnava Guru. And, the same for others.
Quoting Lord Shiva's words from the KulAchudAmani Tantram:
UdAsino hyudAsinAm vanastha vanavAsinah | YatinAncha yatih prokta
grihasthAnam gurugrihi || Vaishnave vaishnavo grAhyo shaive
shaivasthApunah | ShAktike vidyAd dikshAswAmi na samshayah ||
Chapter 2 of Sankara Samhita of Skandha Purana lists the name of 10 Shaiva Puranas as:
तत्र शैवानि शैवं च भविष्यश्च द्विजोत्तमा:।
मार्कण्डेयं तथा लैङ्गं वाराहं स्कान्दमेव च ।।
मात्स्यमन्यत्तथा कौर्मे वामनं च मुनीश्वरा:।
ब्रह्माण्डं च दशेमानि त्रीणि लक्षाणि संख्यया।। 31
The Shaiva Puranas are Shiva Purana, Bhavisya Purana, Markandeya Purana, Linga Purana, ...
The Devi Bhagavatha Purana describes the origin and importance of Rudrakshas as follows.
The origin of Rudrakshas [dark beads of Tree, termed Elaeocorpus
Ganitrus in Latin language] or Lord Siva’s tears, extensively used as
Prayer Rosaries, goes back to Maha Deva’s killing Tripurasura, who
sought to destroy the Universe and whom all the Devas, ...
Kamika Agama is one of the principle Shaiva Agamas. It was revealed from the Ishana face of Sadasiva. It describes weapons, symbols and form of Sadashiva as:
Five faces; ten shoulders; effulgence of crystal; three eyes; tranquil composure; crest adorned with the crescent moon; locks of matted hair bound with serpent; mounted on the lion-throne constituted ...
Tirumular in Tirumantiram condemns Vamachara practises like drinking wine:
326: The Wicked Drink In VAma Tantra
Lust and drink, fit for the wicked are they;
In ritual unholy they drink and lose the senses
But the wise drink the nectar streaming from his feet, Which destroys egoism and bigotry.
327: Drinking In Vama Tantra Worship Leads ...
Can one eat meat and still be a devotee ? The answer to this question will be Yes.
But, if the question is whether Lord Shiva approves such an act? (which is what a true devotee will be more concerned about) then the answer will be No.
Lord Shiva does not approve meat eating unless it is part of some rituals.
This is what he says to Sri Devi:
Definition of Shiva is directly given in chapter 4 of Shiv Rahasya while Lord Shiva explaining himself.
I am Shiva, the Stillness (Shi) Whereof all Movement (Va) is born. As Water, Fire and the Sun at once move and are still, so I, the Great Life both Move and Stand Still. Verse 8.
Also, from the same scripture in chapter 7, we find.
Lord Shiva said: ...
When Lord SadaShiva directly manifests from Sat-Asat state he comes with a form having three eyes:
परः पुमानीश्वरः स शिव शम्भुरनीश्वरः ।
शीर्षे मन्दाकिनीधारी भालचन्द्रस्त्रिलोचनः ।।
पञ्चवक्त्र प्रसन्नात्मा दशबाहुस्त्रिशुलधृक् ।
कर्पुरगौरः सुसितो भस्मोद्धुलितोविग्रहः ।।
Thereafter Parama Purusha Shiva also known as Ishwara having no Lord over him, ...
Shiva is portrayed and worshiped in many forms, he one of those rare naked ascetic who has even conquered over Kama, he's worshiped as a passionate lover and is worshiped along with his consort Shakti as the union, in a pacific mood with his consort Parvati and son Skanda, as the cosmic dancer (Nataraja), as a mendicant beggar, as a yogi, and as the ...
Its a bit hard to understand the exact term shiva for us ! in sanskrit shiva means "the one who dosent exist". Or who is not physical or bounded.
Shih vah the pronunciation means becoming null or the term black hole is what has been till date invented to describe shiva. In universe what u can see and touch and reason is created but the space ...
The meaning of the name Shiva is "Auspicious, Pure"
Shiva is a male Sanskrit name that refers to the third aspect of god, called in the Vedas.
If pronounced with a long final vowel "a", Shiva is a female name; a name of the goddess Parvati, Uma and Lakshmi.
It can also be described as "The god staying in a state blissful, enjoying in its own self ...
Turiyatita state is mentioned in Malinivijay Tantra chapter 2.
Lord Shiva said:Wise people should know the system of unification (Sarvavesha krama) divided into five states i.e, waking (Jagrat), dreaming sleep (Svapna), dreamless sleep (Sushupti), fourth(turiya) & the state beyond the fourth (turiyatita). 2.2.27
The same chapter describes in details ...
According to Skanda Purana chapter 9, it was Kalakuta poison which made Lord Vishnu black or dark blue (color of Taamala).
The excellent mountain had adamantine strength. It rolled on the back, neck, thighs and the space between the knees of the
noble-souled tortoise. Due to the friction of these two, submarine
fire was generated.
The Halähala poison too ...
As regards caste, sex etc there are no such restrictions. Everyone can be initiated. Even an Antyaja or Sankara or mixed caste person reserves the right to be initiated.
Shudra sankarajAti nAmAdi shuddhirvidhiyate | PAdodak pradAnAdyaih
kuryAt pApavimochanam ||
Primal purification is ordained for the Sudra and mixed-caste (Sankara-JAti); one is
From Wikipedia of Shaivism,
Shaivism ([Śaivam]) (Devanagari: शैव संप्रदाय) (Tamil: சைவம்) is one of the major traditions within Hinduism that reveres Shiva as the Supreme Being or its metaphysical concept of Brahman. The followers of Shaivism are called "Shaivites" or "Saivites"
Devotees of Shiva are Shaiva
Devotees of Vishnu are Vaishnava
Hence Shaiva ...
Panini 8.4.3 says nouns which are made of two words (need not be proper nouns), न (na) in second word changes to ण(ṇa), if first word has र (ra) or ष (ṣa) but not ग (ga),
Sutra just says Nouns not proper nouns. This rule is also present in other Indian languages like Telugu. Same is said in this page.
When two words are joined, according to pAnini's ...
I read on the website OmOccult that alone Shiva is on a par with Shava (dead body); hence, he must be worshipped with his wife Parvati (his power) and the entire family. The entire story of the family man Shiva is duly mentioned in the Holy Scripture Shiva Purana; however, a crux of that is shared here - after assigning the task of creation to Brahma and ...
As your question is asking 'Why Shiva being an ascetic also lives a family life ?"
One has to understand 'Shiva Tatwa' to understand this. It is because everything exists in Shiva and hence he manifests himself in two opposite forms which contradict each other:
Let's see some example of Shiva Tatwam:
1) Fierceness and Auspiciousness
Begin from name. ...