SHIV-RATRI WAS TO PROPITIATE SHIV-DEV : WHO IS HE AND WHAT DOES HE DO..... Part 1 of many more to come.....
Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on March 2, 2001

Shiv-bhagvan is worshipped by practically every Vedic person in India....May be if you know and understand him you will benefit more than you ever think... Knowing about Shiv is learning Ved.... and Ved is the knowledge of life... if a doctor cannot practice without knowledge of medicine then how can you practice life without Ved.... Learn Ved through this series...........

(Sanskrit words are in italics. English equivalent of Sanskrit language is very difficult as a lot of Vedic science and words do not exist in the European languages in a word form. A glossary of Sanskrit words is being prepared to be posted on this web site soon for the understanding of the readers who do not know Sanskrit or its derivative languages in use in present day India)

OM....THIS KNOWLEDGE, VED, IS FROM PARA-BRHMAH AS RECEIVED, PRESERVED AND TRANSMITTED TO THIS SHRUSTI BY DEVO AND RISHIO WHO ARE ETERNALLY SERVING THROUGH THIS MAHA-KALPA. THEREFORE WE PRAY TO THEM TO BESTOW THEIR GRACES ON US FOR US TO LEARN, UNDERSTAND AND PRACTICE VED TO WALK WITH FULFILLMENT THE LIFE PATH WE CHOOSE ...OM TAT SAT........

In science of Ved which explains creation, Vishnu is sleeping on the bed of coils of serpent Anant during the pralay of a kalpa. Pralay is the time when all creation is dissolved back into its creator, Brhmaa and stays dissolved for 4.32 billion years. A kalpa is a time duration of 4.32 billion years also called a Brhmaa's day in which creation exists. A Brhmaa's night of another kalpa of 4.32 billion years in which the creation remains dissolved in Brhmaa..

At the start of a kalpa of creation a lotus is born out of the navel of Vishnu and Brhmaa is born in the lotus. Brhmaa is instructed by Para-Brhmah to create all the worlds Para-Brhmaa wishes to be created. Para-Brhmah is an entity without any form containing all the gnan (knowledge) and shakti (energy) required to create, sustain and dissolve all the worlds created. Para-Brhmah's creative energy is called Maha-maya. Maha-maya is activated to create, sustain and dissolve all creations by the chaitaniya of Para-Brhmah. Chaitaniya is the shakti of Para-Brhmah which makes everything in a creation mobile and animate. Maya-maya is the supreme causal agent of Para-Brhmah assigned to give all the gnan and shakti to each particle of creation to co-exist with the rest of the creation.

After Brhmaa-dev is born, he is given energy which is called shakti in Ved. The name of the shakti given to Brhmaa is Sarasvati. Through Sarasvati, Brhmaa gets gnan to create all that is wished by Para-Brhmah.

During his creating of the worlds, Brhmaa was angered at some of his creations for not furthering their progeny. Out of this anger was born Rudra commonly known as Shiv.

Shiv-dev was assigned a shakti called Parvati by Maha-maya. Shiv-dev has been assigned to perform the main task of dissolution of the creation at the time of pralay. Shiv-dev is also depended on to remove obstacles of any kind which occurs in the creation to hinder the sustainance of the creation. Vishnu-dev wakes up from his slumber effected by yog-nindra when Brhmaa-dev starts creating and is given by Maha-maya the shakti called Laxmi or Shri. Vishnu-dev is assigned by Para-Brhmah to sustain the creation which has been created by Brhmaa.

Parvati who is the shakti of Shiv-bhagvan takes on a female form and becomes his wife. Shiv-bhagvan also has another wife called Ganga. Shiv-bhagvan resides on top of Mahameru mountain. Shiv-bhagvan and Parvati-devi have two sons, Subhramanya or Kartikiya and Ganapati. Some more sons and daughters are born of him through other women for serving the some definite purposes in the creation. Some of his other children are Hanuman and Indrajit (son of Ravan),

Shiv-bhagvan has incarnations to serve some definite purposes in the creation. Each incarnation has partial shakti of Shiv-bhagvan. Some of these incarnations are Durvas-muni, some of the Vanaro (monkeys who made up the army of Shri Ram when he invaded Lankaa of Ravan), Sakti who was born as son to Vashistha-muni, and Varun-dev (the deity of oceans).

Shiv-bhagvan is said to be very easy to propitiate through bhakti (devotion) and tapa (penance) and easily once propitiated grants boons desired by his bhakto (devotees).

Shiv-bhagvan is famous for saving creations from destruction as told in puranic literature. Shiv-bhagvan helps all the 33 crore (330 million) devo (deities with shakti to sustain and make creation function) when they get attacked by asurao. Shiv-bhagvan is also famous for his anger. When angry he is reputed to have burned any one who makes him angry with his third eye. When angered, he is also reputed to fight till pacified or till the other party is vanquished or destroyed.. Major examples of his anger and saving incidents are his clash with Vishnu, burning of Kam-dev, consuming Kalakut poison when the ocean of milk was churned, destruction of Daksha Prajapati's (his father-in-law) yagna, burning of cities Tripura of asurao, fight with Surya-dev, making of five Paandav from five Indra-devo, fights with Mahasura and Vrtrasura.

TO BE CONTINUED IN PART 2......................

(This informative article has been prepared from the knowledge contained in 108 puran and itihas. Puran which means past history of creation forms part of Ved The complete knowledge of genesis of creation, its design, its operation, its sustainance and its dissolution in a kalpa duration is contained in Ved. Ved has knowledge of the past, present and future. Itihas is the history of Vedic times contained in Ramayan and Mahabharat. Ved consists of Rig-ved, Saam-ved, Yajur-ved, Atharva-ved, six vedangaa, vedant or upnishad, puran and itihas.)



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