Saturday, July 5, 2014

How Shiva and Shakti became one as Ardhanareshwar

Rishi Bhringi, a great devotee of Shiva could not bring himself to worship Devi Parvati, because he had no place in his heart for any deity other than Shiva. When all rishis and devatas gathered at Mount Kailasa to worship the divine pair, Bhringi ignored Mata Parvati, who is Aadi Shakti. Devi withdrew her powers from Bhringi and thus Shakti-less, Bhringi fell down as he was unable to stand. Moved by his devotee's plight, with Shiva's blessings, the assembled Devas and Rishis gave Bhringhi the power to stand. 

Mata Parvati, then performed great austerities and compelled Shiva to embrace her so completely that their selves merged and the Ardha-Nareshwara form of Shiva manifested. Thereafter, anyone who worships Lord Shiva is known also to worship the Goddess Shakti who is not separate from him. Rishi Bhringi learned his lesson and became wiser due to the experience.

The Lord's Ardhnareshwara form also reminds us that God is beyond gender, and because the individual soul is but an image of the Supreme Soul, we are also taught that whether male or female - within we are both male and female. Also, the soul is gender-less. 

May Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati in their Ardhanareshwara form bless us with complete acceptance of the male as well as female energies within us. May we come closer to the supreme truth, which is gender-less! 

Har Har Mahadev! Jai Maa! 

Watch a video of a stuti to Lord Ardhanareshwar on this link 

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