Important Lessons to Learn from Lord Shiva That You Can Apply to Life
Lord Shiva, also known as “Mahadeva”, is the third God in the Hindu Trimurti, that includes two other gods, namely – “Brahma” and “Vishnu”. Shiva is known as “The Destroyer” of the universe. Lord Shiva is worshipped as The Supreme God by the “Shaivites”, and is represented by various forms including Nataraja, Ardhanarishvara, Kalabhairava, Adiyogi, Triambaka, and Kaleshwara.
Lord Shiva is usually worshipped in the form of ‘Linga’ or ‘Lingam’ by Hindus across India, Indonesia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on the fourteenth day of every lunar month, in honour of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva – Devo Ke Dev Mahadev- is known as the giver of wisdom and here are 8 important lessons to learn that you can apply to life:
- Never tolerate evil
Lord Shiva was known as ‘The Destroyer’ of evil energy. According to a legend in Hindu culture, when a demon took the form of an elephant and tried to terrorize the Brahmins, Shiva destroyed the demon and removed the skin of the elephant. This teaches us that we must never tolerate any form of evil or injustice in life, and always take a stand against the bad in life.
- Practice self-control
When Shiva was denied entry by a boy while safeguarding Parvati when she was inside, Shiva got infuriated and chopped off the boy’s head. Later, upon knowing that the boy was his own son, he was struck with regret. After using an elephant head to save his son, Shiva learnt how self-control is the key to life, and how without it, life could we ruined within seconds. So, we must all learn from this that, when we lack self-control, we tend to respond with anger and physical violence. Self-control improves a person’s decision-making skills and helps to become more focused and determined.
- Materialistic pleasure is temporary
With just a Damru (small, two-headed drum) and Trishul (trident) in his hand, Lord Shiva is known to stay away from materialistic things and other forms of wealth, since they do not give greater happiness in life, nor do they last forever. We can all learn from Lord Shiva that life is beyond these materialistic things and being attached to them will only give us temporary happiness.
- Respect your partner
One of Lord Shiva’s many forms is – Ardhanarishvara (half man and half woman), where Parvati was the other half of him. Parvati was known to be his ‘Shakti’, an essential part of him, and the Lord always treated her with utmost respect. We are nothing without our wife, husband, or partner. Our partner is an essential part of us, and we need to treat them with utmost respect and care.
- Control your ego
Ego has no place in your life. The serpent around Lord Shiva’s neck symbolizes letting go of one’s own ego. Lord Shiva never tolerates anyone’s ego, nor does he let his ego take control over him.
‘Nataraja’ was one the form of Lord Shiva. He was known as the ultimate dancer, and his dance had the power to create or destroy the world. Dance was the greatest expression of Shiva’s nature and emotions. Dance is a great art that helps us convey meaning through gestures and postures.
- Obsessions lead to destruction
Lord Shiva was free from his desires. We must learn from the Lord that desires lead to obsession and obsession leads to destruction. We should learn to be content and satisfied with whatever we have in life, and free our mind from all desires.
- Everything is temporary
The ash that is smeared on the body of Lord Shiva signifies that everything is life is temporary. What we have today, may not exist tomorrow. Time changes, and nothing lasts forever. So be humble, live in the moment and, let go of all your pride and ego.
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