Shiva is called Bholenaath (the naïve one) who grants all the wishes of his disciples. He is often depicted as performing a special form of dance called the Tandav Nritya or the Cosmic Dance. Now let us now compare this to nuclear or atomic energy. This form of energy is one of the most efficient forms of energies which will, just like Bholenath, help resolve all the energy problems of the world, whether it is used to light up cities, power cars and automobiles or launch spaceships. This energy is always there at our disposal and could literally grant all our wishes.
Now let us review the characteristics of Shiva Ling which is the symbol of Shiva. No other symbol or construction could come closer to the construction of a nuclear reactor than the Shiv Ling. The Shiva Ling is made up of 2 parts – a cylindrical structure made of smooth black stone and the grooves around the cylinder with a characteristic spout. A pot of water hangs over the cylinder which drips water on the cylinder at a continuous pace. This water flows out through the spout of the grooves circling the cylinder. Only in Shiva’s temple, this water is not consumed as tirtha (holy water) as also no one is allowed to cross the spout during the Pradakshina.
Now let us examine how this structure to that of a nuclear reactor. The cylindrical structure exactly resembles the cylinder of a modern day nuclear reactor. The pot of water hanging above resembles the water needed to cool down the reactor as it heats up during the energy generation process. The grooves around the cylinder represent the structures built to dispose the polluted water from the reactor. This water is not consumed exactly for the same reason – it is polluted with radiations and nuclear waste.
SHIVA THE GREATEST SCIENTIST OF HIS TIME
Check out this picture of Shiva.
Observing the Shiv Lingam people have tried to resemble it with different things but the closest it.
Comes to resemble is the Nuclear Reactor in shape and under the conditions it is kept.
Nuclear Reactors are usually Dome shaped and has a platform it rests upon similar to the lingam, Also notice that the Shiv Ling always have water dropping on it which is the same conditions a nuclear reactor is kept.
Shiva is considered as a Creator and Destructor at the same time. Nuclear energy is constructive and destructive at the same time.
Shiva Temples are always built near water bodies same conditions apply for a Nuclear Plant.
The water flowing from the lingam is not used as prasad giving the indication that the water is contaminated and should flow away.
This is just another way of looking at the Hindu Gods. The one that fascinates me the most is Shiva…. I have always seen him as the Greatest Scientist of his time. This is an attempt to give reasons to my opinion on Shiva the Great Scientist.
Before I start giving reasons ..I would like my readers to think of a Airplane. Since we all have seen a airplane its quiet easy to imagine it right. Now try explaining it to a person who has never seen one, obviously it would be something like a bird with people sitting on it… that is what will be the imagination of a person who has never seen it before.
Keeping the above example in mind think of all Ramayan and Mahabharata stories. This I will cover in other articles in detail. Right now my focus is Shiva.
Shiva is considered to be the most powerful as well as the most destructive God or Deity. There are 3 different ways Shiva is portrayed.
- As a person with snake in his neck with a Damroo and Trishul in his hands and Ganga flowing from his Head.
- As Shiv Ling
The Story of Shiva is he is married to Parwati and has 2 sons Ganesh and Subramanium.
The part of history that attracted me to Shiva and actually got me going on this subject is about him putting a head of Elephant on his son Ganesha and a Goat head for this Father-in-Law. Ganesha story most people know but the story of Himavat is in the Amar Chitra Katha , it goes like this that Shiva was invited to a yajna to Himavat’s palace and while Shiva was seated Himavat didn’t look at him and so Shiva got angry and cut off his head and after seeing Parvati crying for her father he put a Goat head to Himavat and saved his life.
Replacing heads at 2 different occasions makes Shiva the greatest Surgeon of his times.
When we talk about Thomas Edison this is the kind of picture people paint for this great scientist who gave us the light Bulb.
So when someone makes an invention they are remembered not only by their face or picture but also a picture of their invention is added to their picture profile.
You might ask what I am getting at. Here it comes….. If Shiva was the greatest Scientist of his times then his picture should also show a symbol or a picture of his inventions right. That’s how human mind portrays things.
“LINGAM” IS ONE OF THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD MOTIFS OF HINDUISM”
“Lingam” is one of the most misunderstood motifsof Hinduism. It has been subject to such a bad smear campaigning by Westerners, especially missionaries, which even Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as a stylized phallic symbol. The expression ‘linga’ in the Agama context signifies ‘symbol’ (chinha). Derived from the root ‘ligi gatyau’, it refers to movement, and words having been movement as their etymological meaning have also connotations of knowledge (‘sarve gatyarthah jnanarthah’). Linga therefore means that by which the Divine is cognized or
approached (‘lingyate jnayate anena iti lingam’).
The Agama texts also bring out another valid explanation for the word ‘linga’: linga in its primary sense is broken up into ‘ling’ (to dissolve, to get merged, to destroy) and ‘ga’ (to emerge, to go out). Linga is so called because all phenomena are dissolved in Siva at the time of cosmic dissolution, and it emerges from Siva once again at the time of creation. (Ajitagama, 3, 16-17).
Thus Shiva Linga represents the mark of the cosmos.
Swami Vivekananda gave by far the best rebuttal to Western claims that it might be a symbol of phallic worship, by giving proof from the vedas.
Swami Vivekananda gave a lecture at the Paris Congress of the History of Religions in 1900 during which he refuted the statements of some Western scholars that referred to Shiva linga as phallic worship. Vivekananda’s words at the congress were in connection with the paper read by Mr.Gustav Oppert, a German Orientalist, who tried to trace the origin of the Shalagrama-Shila and the Shiva-Linga to phallicism. To this Vivekananda objected, adducing proof from the Vedas, and particularly the Atharva-Veda Samhita, to the effect that the Shiva-Linga had its origin in the idea of the Yupa-Stambha or Skambha—the sacrificial post, idealized in Vedic ritual as the symbol of the Eternal Brahman.
Swami Sivananda, also explains why equating Siva Lingam with the phallus is a mistake. According to him, “This is not only a serious mistake, but also a grave blunder. In the post-Vedic period, the Linga became symbolical of the generative power of the Lord Siva. Linga is the differentiating mark. It is certainly not the sex-mark. You will find in the Linga
“Pradhanam prakritir yadahur-lingamuttamam;
The foremost Linga which is primary and is devoid of smell, colour, taste, hearing, touch, etc., is spoken of as Prakriti (Nature).”
Bana lingam (One kind of Shiva linga) The Bana Lingam is a most Sacred Symbol and Divine Energy Tool, both in the ancient and in this modern world. The Bana Lingas are Swayambhu Shiva Lingas that have taken shape in the Sacred Narmada River, in the Central Western part of India. This is why the Bana Lingams are also known as the Narmada Banalingas or Narmadeshwar Shiva Lingas.The Narmadha Bana Lingas became very famous throughout the world, after the film “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” was screened : this is the very same Sacred Stone that they were searching for .The story:There is a story narrated in Aparajita-pariprchchha (205, 1-26) about the origin of the bana-lingas and their association with the Narmada river. Siva wanted to destroy the ‘tri-pura’, which had been obtained as a boon by the arrogant demon Banasura, and he let go a fiery dart from his great bow ‘pinaka’. The dart broke the three ‘puras’ into tiny bits, which fell on three spots:1, on the hills in Sri-kshetra (of unknown identity),2, on the peaks of Amarakantaka in the Vindhya ranges, and3, on the banks of the holy river Narmada. The bits that fell in these places soon multiplied into crores,. each bit becoming a linga. As they formed part of the possession of Banasura, they were called Bana-Lingas.
It is the considered view of many researchers and geologists that the unique composition of the Narmadha Shiva Lingas was due to the impregnation of it’s rocky river-sides and the rocks in the river bed, 14 million years ago by a large meteorite that crashed into the Narmada River. The fusion of the Meteorite and the Earthly Minerals has spawned a new and unique type of Crystalline Rock with extraordinary energetic qualities – the Narmada Bana Lingam. The bana Lingas contain Crypto Crystalline Quartz (masses made up of either fibrous or granular aggregates of tiny, microscopic Quartz Crystals) and a Gemstone material called Chalcedony (with an iron oxide and geothite inclusion) alongwith Basalt and Agate – this unique composition coupled with elliptical shape has a precise resonance in alignment with our Energy Centers or Chakras and are used for thousands of years as Divine Energy Generators for Cleansing, Healing and for Meditation. The Narmada Bana Lingas are quite strong and the hardness is a 7 on the Moe’s Scale, one of the highest frequency vibration rates of all stones on earth. The vibration of bana linga is said to be perfect for purification purpose.
Thus Matsya-Purana (Chap. 165-169), truly said drinking the water from this river (Narmada) and worshipping Siva (Bana Lingam) will secure freedom from all states of misery
Meaning of Shiv Lingam
It has been a common myth that Shiva Lingam represents male genital organs. This is not only false, misleading but also base less. Such misinterpretations are done in recent times and popularized to make it common, when Indian literatures actually came into hands of foreign scholars; Britishers and Muslims. They relied on extracting simple meanings of major Vedic terms used in daily life without addressing rightful context. It was difficult to interpret the language, a word may have different meaning depending on the mis-contrued understanding. Some of the easy interpretation may be misleading. And such misinterpretation may actually be welcome by skeptics, if you want to find the defects in somebody else’s faith. Lingam means formless, Shiva Lingam is state of God just before manifestation of Universe.
This misunderstanding is one of the most glaring examples of such a situation. Misinterpretations of actual Sanskrit literature led to this false belief. Shiva Lingam is a differentiating mark; it is certainly not a s*x mark. While the actual meaning of male genital is “shishna” in Sanskrit.
Let us know what Lingam means as per The Lingam Purana:
प्रधानं प्रकृतिर यदाहुर्लिगंउत्तम ।
गंध–वर्ण–रसहिंनं शब्द–स्पर्शादिवर्जितं ॥
The foremost Lingam which is devoid of colour, taste, hearing, touch etc is spoken of as Prakriti or nature.
The nature itself is a Lingam (or symbol) of Shiva. When we see nature, we infer the presence of its creator – Shiva. Shiva Lingam is the mark of Shiva the creator, Shiva the sustainer and Shiva the destructor. It also dispels another myth in which Shiva is considered only as a destructor.
Another authentic reference comes from Skanda Purana where lingam is clearly indicated as the supreme Shiva from where the whole universe is created and where it finally submerge.
आकाशं लिंगमित्याहु: पृथ्वी तस्य पीठिका।
आलय: सर्व देवानां लयनार्लिंगमुच्यते ॥
The endless sky (that great void which contains the entire universe) is the Linga, the Earth is its base. At the end of time the entire universe and all the Gods finally emerge in the Linga itself.
Forms of Shiva Lingam
Shiva Lingam is worshiped in two common forms – Chala (Move-able) Lingam and Achala (Non-Move-able or Fixed) Lingam.
Scientific Reason of Pouring Milk on Shiv Lingam
Shiv Lingams are placed at the most pious place, garbh griha, in temple. At this location, there is tremendous amount of positive energy flowing all around. Hindus visit the temples not just to respect Gods but also to energize themselves with positive energies.
When milk is poured on the Shiv Lingam to do दुग्ध अभिषेक (milk abhishek) the flow of positive energy starts getting accumulated towards Shiv Lingam so a person who is devotee of Bhagwan Shiv when is closer to the Shiv Lingam and bathes Shiv Lingam with दुग्ध स्नान he accepts the flow of positive energy into his body. Milk is very good conductor of positive energy. Milk of Indian cow when poured on Shiv Lingam reciting mantras- ॐ नमः शिवाय – strengthens mind, body and inner consciousness of a person.
Milk is gift to us from Bhagwan ….even breath, body, trees, food, air …infect everything is given by Bhagwan. When we all took birth, we all were naked…what did we bought to this world, what is our contribution to keep this world running…. nothing….because we all are negligible, we are staying alive at the mercy of Bhagwan. Who are we to question that pouring milk on Shiv Lingams is wastage of milk. Are we owning the milk, trees, places, earth or anything offered for free by Bhagwan. No … then who gave us right to only question Vedic values which are based on scientifically driven principles. And not question on evil practices of other religions (adharms), whose evil anti-Vedic concocted god likes to feed on the blood of innocent goats, cows, camels and buffaloes – wherein till date billions of innocent animals are killed just to appease this anti-God satan – killing animals is an evil act and pouring milk on Shiv Lingams is pious karma. Think over it; its easy to bash our core Hindu values which is based on Dharma but very hard to rebut with same vigour about other adharmis because they are very violent and like terrorism. The moment we start respecting our traditional values and become aggressive. All these satanic people and their terrorism will cease to exist.
|| Tan mann dhan sab hai tera
Shiv sab kuch hai tera
Tera tujhko arpan, kya lage mera ||
मेरा मुझ में कुछ नहीं, जो कुछ है सो तोर |
तेरा तुझको सौपता, क्या लागै है मोर ||
And moreover the poured milk is NEVER wasted, it is used as the charna amrit and the positively energized milk is redistributed among devotees as prasadam. Infect, we all should be ashamed of the fact that few of our Hindu brothers and sisters do not pour pure milk but mix it with water to dilute the positive impact of the puja. We should completely trust our great culture which is into existence since time immemorial