Shiva and the Misty Shores of Maya


Let’s consider Shiva just a little more deeply. I have mentioned that Shiva is most obviously entangled in “Karma” (the wheel of death and eventual rebirth – the ultimate reclamation and re-assembly) and specifically dissolution. This relates Shiva (for us westerners) to Saturn as the Lord of Karma and also to time (Chronos) itself, for when something doesn’t experience time, something does not, or cannot age. Things do not dissolve where time does not exist.

It is taught by many disciplines that this “Karma” can be transcended — that we can remove ourselves from this vicious cycle of unconscious birth and rebirth, time after time after time. To go into details, again, would take more than the space a blog posting would permit, but to put things most simply, this is done by removing oneself from time itself, while appearing to remain in a world where time reigns. In my book “Dreams of the Magus” I discuss time and related concepts more deeply, but can say here that time is the result of light passing through and around a gravitational field, i.e. physical matter.

We all know stories of “enlightened beings” from our past who have been able to display skills such as levitation, bi-location, healing of dis-ease and substance transmutation and multiplication. These are those who have transcended the phenomena of time, and therefore Karma — but where have these masters gone? Did they ascend into the reality/myth of the “light body”, and if so, was there evidence that they had actually existed (e.g. a dead corpse in place of what once was)? Was this body mummified for posterity’s sake, or burnt on a pyre reserved for those who have moved on from this miserable place of existence? Would this sort of thing mean that in spite of a master’s transcendence, the body still would die? Has one such as this actually removed themselves from the effects of time while still having their body feel the ravages of this same time that no longer influences them?

It is important to say that, even while these questions of skepticism are healthy, it IS all moot, for whether the body dies or not, we continue on, whether consciously or unconsciously. It is in this body and this physical world that we change our paths — it is here that we awaken, and nowhere else. Then the body matters not. It truly becomes irrelevant to our true existence, but all the while remains while it serves its simple purpose as a vehicle. It is, after all, importance that is transcended.

So, do we remain subservient in Shiva’s realm until we release the physical form (or its importance and attached identity)? If spiritual transcendence  is beyond our “capacity,” then Brahma  rebirths us and the three remain, doing as they do while we stumble on, oblivious to their existence in this world of appearances. There is a place where Shiva is the destroyer, but in a larger sense he is the creator, influential and powerful. There is a place where Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma  and we are one — we are partners in this triumvirate creative process. This place is forever touching our skin and passing through us, and the games of the gods affect us differently, for now we understand that this is not a game.

We CAN remove ourselves from time and Karma in this physical life and become one with the gods, for this is the only place it can be done, otherwise we pass into obscurity and unconscious rebirth once again. We can free ourselves from this moment in time and decide when, in choice and consciousness, we want to be one in the realm of Shiva .

Meanwhile, in part, I remain a killer, a destroyer, in order to allow creation to flower and fruit in its fullest expression, and again I will choose to land upon the beautiful and misty shores of Maya to walk with a friend, kill aphids, and again, it will be BY CHOICE.

 

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