I Question These Things of Myself.


I used to be a little boy
So old in my shoes
And what I choose is my choice
What’s a boy supposed to do
The killer in me is the killer in you
Smashing Pumpkins 

Wars, pesticides and deforestation. Mass human slaughter for control and mass animal slaughter for food. Terrorism, airline crashes, “acts of god” and toxic waste — the list goes on. What is Shiva, the Destroyer up to? Or, more importantly, what exactly is our involvement with this “natural” current, or force? Are these destructive forces out of balance, or is what we are witnessing a simple rectification of our now accelerated creative process? 

After spending much time over the last few weeks trying to bring a rapidly expanding aphid population to a halt, I realized my apple trees and roses needed a little more help than a simple spraying with some water mixed with dish-soap (a natural treatment using organic soap). While my soap method would work instantly, I would soon see again the all too familiar ants running up and down the branches of these plants, continuing their farming of those little critters that seem to be a major food source for these ant’s communities. While I had nothing against the ants, the aphids had to go, so, yesterday I gave up on my “ecological” reasoning and invoked/embodied the god Shiva for a final solution (not that invoking god-forms is an un-ecological act). Yes, I had been killing, and yes again, with a little help from the best, I would soon be done with it. I would destroy to “make room” for something else. I would have apples and roses this year — hmmm… 

So — I am a killer, that’s admitted, but I rationalize my acts by acknowledging some discernment has been applied, which is completely unlike the destruction done by wholesale corporate profiteering and agendas — but, how does my small act of complete destruction of a local species in my three apple trees differ from the results of a lie called the “Global War on Terrorism?” This I ask you, but I would like to discuss this archetypal force the Hindus call Shiva, the Destroyer. 

The god Shiva is one god of a trinity of gods that perpetuate the whole of the “creative” process. This is an eternal, circular reality much like the Buddhist’s Wheel of Karma. However, Karma I will not elaborate on beyond this simile only for the purposes of being brief. This trinity of Hindu gods is as follows: 

  1. Brahma – the creator
  2. Vishnu – the preserver
  3. Shiva – the destroyer

Shiva - the Destroyer

Shiva goes by many names, but as an archetype is pretty consistent, even with his varying aspects. It is Shiva that is responsible for death and destruction, and is the dissolving force in life. This dissolution of things physical is apparently done in order to create new things, since death is the method for our rebirth into a new life (hence the Wheel of Karma). So it seems that destruction is directly mated with creation, but separate. Could it be both these concepts are misunderstood? If these two are unified as one, would we even have a name for it? 

It seems by tradition that Shiva needs to be sedated, calmed, or even stoned enough so that he doesn’t consider what is inherent to his nature. Annual festivals provide a “nectar” of sorts to be delivered unto Shiva for his satisfaction. It also seems Shiva has much in common with the violent Egyptian goddess lioness Sekhmet, who is kept drunk and docile as a cow. 

So today, what is man doing with this Shiva force? Are we not keeping him stoned enough? Are the priests failing in their duties? Is it only my judgement that tells me all this death and destruction is unnecessary, or are we just observers to a natural force that is in its rightful and proper place? Could it actually be that  man is  manipulating  this force and extending its cycle for personal profit? Could I be giving too much credit to the Bilderburgs? Maybe there is something bigger going on than the minds of men could even understand? 

Consider this story that things need to be destroyed to make room for more in what is considered an ever-expanding universe? Does this make sense? 

Consider this circular reality, and what would happen if we changed our perceptions of it into that of a spiral reality. Would an infinitely expanding spiral have need for a tri-creative set of overseers, or would all things be unified. Would Shiva become redundant, or obsolete? 

Since the Shiva in me is the Shiva in you, I will ask you again — what do you think?

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3 Responses to “I Question These Things of Myself.”

  1. KoraKaos Says:

    I think there are words for that combination, of course. Transformation, transmutation, catharsis.

    If I speak from personal opinion, then yes- I think we could do more to keep Shiva stoned. But that is only judgment- I am reminded that I ought to accept everything. Including all the blah corporatism and wars and ecological disasters. To do otherwise would be not to accept myself, to accept Shiva. I am never worried. I offer Shiva what he wants, and if others do not, that is not my problem so long as I am doing everything I can. If he decides to earthquake me off into the ocean, that’s his prerogative.

    Now, as for whether or not Shiva would ever be obsolete- this trinity is both always and never obsolete. Simple physics. Thermodynamics require that they are all illusions- always present and yet never present. Nothing can be created nor destroyed, yet in a closed system there is never stasis, so energy is always being transformed and transferred rather than preserved.

    • Pete Madstone Says:

      Hi Kora,

      Your comments seem to echo my own thoughts, but then, your last paragraph with “this trinity is both always and never obsolete.” This is the beautiful and paradoxical existence of duallity that I adore. Why anyone would shun this beautiful world that allow such observation is beyond me. While Shiva destroys, Brahma Creates, and thus we stand.

      Hey, so sorry to throw a wrench at your privacy. It got a little complicated in that “other world”. I’m just doing the thing in a more “promotional” than personal way. So, no hard feelings?

    • Pete Madstone Says:

      Hi there,

      It was fun with you and the cryptic nature of things. Yes, I am in that “same place” you mentioned in regards to gathering freinds (so for my pûrposes I put the word “contact” in my head, since that activity is somewhat more goal oriented than my true purpose, which is self-expression over promotion – which IS peripheral).

      Oh, for simple days, but I love ’em all!

      Be well, Kora Kaos, and stay in touch!

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