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ADI YOGI- Lord Shiva by H.G.Govind das


It is a known fact that yogis are naturally attracted to Lord Shiva. As the story goes, even the great Lord Narayana was fascinated by Lord Shiva’s yogic life. One time Narada muni was describing to Sri Narayana how Lord Shiva was constantly absorbed in meditation and yoga. He even suggested to Narayana that He should learn yoga and meditation from Lord Shiva, otherwise His devotees would accuseHim of always taking service from Laxmi, His consort, while resting in the causal ocean. Sri Narayana took the words of Narada Muni very seriously and came down to Kedarkantha, the part of the Himalayas where Lord Shiva was absorbed in meditation and yoga.He took the form of Nara Narayana rishi and eventually settled in Badrinath performing meditation and yoga

Lord Shiva has many postures which are worshiped by numerous followers. The meditating posture of Lord Shiva denotes the act of indifference to the external world. Of course indifference is not the right word, the more accurate word is “udasinavat”. The word “udasina” is commonly used amongst the followers of Lord Shiva, so much so that manyof His sects are known as “udasina akhada”. Udasina denotes "Uta asina," which means one who is sitting on a realm higher than that of ordinary vision and observation. Lord Shiva has the ability to be “udasina.” Practicing yogis need to learn the art of becoming unattached from the results of their endeavors. The yogi who practices meditation in the manner of Lord Shiva experiences a rise in internal peace, even while dealing with the uncertain world, which is full of limitless layers of realities and being diverse, conflicting and complex. Studies have constantly shown that those who are able to simultaneously live externally with action and internally like Lord Shiva achieve greater stability in their lives and success in their professions.

Even though Lord Shiva is responsible for the destructive part of the creation, the posture of Lord Shiva meditating represents His inner peace. Creation has three aspects: bringing things to reality, maintaining that reality and eventually destroying that reality. Lord Shiva always deals with the destruction part.

Although His role is to destroy, He remains ever composed.

The greatest and most turbulent times of life-broken relationships, business failures, forsaken partnerships and closures - are all signs of that destructive energy of Lord Shiva.

But the ability to handle such situations can only be possible if the followers of the yogic path understand the nature of Lord Shiva and the nature of His meditative posture. With this knowledge, then life’s turmoils cannot adversely affect one’s existence in the world.

Anyone who simply sits and breathes rhythmically will observe and experience a calming down of their emotions. Furthermore, if one actually chants the omakara mantra while sitting in siddhasana, padmasana or sukhasana, they experience complete calmness of emotions. Therefore, it is said that the meditative posture of Lord Shiva should be one’s ultimately posture in life. One may actively be engaged in all kinds of activities but if one is internally able to sit peacefully,breathing rhythmically, then one’s yoga practice becomes beautiful and peaceful.