In the last post, I wrote about the sharp but not so pleasant memories of Mumbai. Today I will talk about other memory that was nice to remember. I've already talked about our visit Babulnath Temple. It was bright and fascinated minds. We were present in of worship. And I became a part of the action. But to my story was clear, I need to add some explanations.
Before this trip, I did not have to get acquainted with the traditions of Indian culture and I almost did not know anything about the many gods worshiped by the Hindus. Now I comprehend this knowledge and little by little I will share them with you, my dear readers. Maybe to somebody it will be as interesting as I
Shiva, a Sanskrit: Shiva, which means "Auspicious One", also known as Mahadeva ( "Great God"), is one of the three main deities of Hinduism. Shiva and Vishnu and Brahma is the one who is not, or found or born or found dead. He is one of five basic forms of God.
At the highest level, Shiva is considered to be limitless, transtsendententalnym, immutable and formless. Shiva also has a lot of benevolent and terrifying forms. The friendly aspects, he is portrayed as omniscient yogi who lived an ascetic life on Mount Kailash as well as a householder and his wife Parvati, and two of his children, Ganesha and Kartikeya. In the fierce aspect, he is often depicted killing demons. Shiva is also considered the patron god of yoga and art.
Key attributes of Shiva's are the third eye on his forehead, the serpent Vasuki around his neck, decorating crescent holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair, his Trishul weapon and Damara as his musical instrument. Shiva is usually worshiped performing lingam ceremony. The cult of Shiva belongs to the pan-Hindu tradition, practiced widely throughout India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Lingam- what is it?
Lingam (lingam as Ling Ling, Shiva Lingam Shiv ling) means a sign, symbol or phallus. That he is an abstract representation of the Hindu deity. In traditional Indian society, rather linga is regarded as a symbol of energy and capacity of Lord Shiva.
Lingam is often depicted with the yoni (Sanskrit word, literally means "origin" or "queen"), symbol of the goddess Shakti, the female deity. Combining the lingam and yoni is "two indivisible unity of male and female, active and passive space-time from which life originates.
And the ceremony of which I spoke, the priest and the presence of people poured lingam with milk, since it has the shape of a phallus, the milk flowing down from it was very similar to the sperm, giving a new life. The liturgy has very much of eroticism. I like it.