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Shiva and the Misty Shores of Maya

May 28, 2010

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.

 

I Question These Things of Myself.

May 24, 2010

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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