Knowing the Truth - My story of understand the Shiv Shakti
Sometimes knowing the truth is so meaningful and powerful in one's life that nothing else is more important. Today, in pursuit of researching more about mantras and their shakti, I was researching on Sambasiva. Sambasiva is also known as Shiv shakti
During my research I was getting so desperate to find a mantra to meditate on Sambashiva. While conducting my research, I stumbled on different forms of stories about Sambasiva but I did not find any mantra to chant or meditate upon Sambasiva. Disappointed I started to search the youtube and found this video
What I could make out from my limited knowledge of Sanskrit was this Hymn in this video is describing the role of Shiv and Shakti in the nature of the entire cosmos. I decided to listen this video as long as I find any other mantra.
After few hours of meditating upon the above hymn, I somehow reached to the following video. This video helped to understand the true soul of Sambasiva or the Shiv Shakti.
For the readers who do not understand Hindi, I will try to explain what is being communicated by this holy person. Kindly forgive me if I misrepresent any point made in this video.
Beginning of Controversy in Mythology
Due to the rich and inclusive nature of Hinduism there are a wide variety of beliefs and traditions associated with both Vishnu and Shiva. Some schools hold that only Vishnu - The vaishnavs - (including his associated Avatars) is the Supreme God, and others that Shiva - The Shaivas -(including his different incarnations) is actually the Supreme being.
The Shaivas have futher two different School of thoughts; Shaivas and Shaktas. Shaivas or Shaivites are those who primarily worship Shiva as the supreme god, both immanent and transcendent. To Shaivites, Shiva is both with and without form; he is the Supreme Dancer, Nataraja; and is linga, without beginning or end.
Shaktas worship the divine Mother Shakti, in her many forms. These forms include Kali, Durga, Laxmi, and Saraswati. Shaktism is one of the oldest forms of the Hindu religion Cults of goddess worship are ancient in India. The branch of Hinduism that worships the goddess, known as Devi, is called Shaktism. Followers of Shaktism recognize Shakti as the power that underlies the male principle, and Devi is often depicted as Parvati the consort of Shiva or as Lakshmi the consort of Vishnu. She is also depicted in other guises, such as the fierce Kali or Durga. Shaktism is closely related with Tantric Hinduism, which teaches rituals and practices for purification of the mind and body.The Mother Goddess has many forms. Some are gentle, some are fierce. Shaktas use chants, real magic, holy diagrams, yoga and rituals to call forth cosmic forces.
Swamaji in this video, for sake of convenience in the beginning start with shaivas and shaktas
Lord Siva has many names. Sambha Siva is one of them. ‘Sa’—Divine, Amba—Mother, Siva—Father. Therefore, the name Samba Siva can be divided into ‘Sa’ plus Amba plus Siva, which means ‘Divine Mother and Father’.
EVERYONE IS SAMBA SIVA—MATTER AND ENERGY
For example according to Vedas in fire has two components; one the flame which we can see and the heat which we cannot see and one can only feel it. According to Vedas flame is Shiva and heat is Shakti. Shakti is energy behind everything that manifests in the invisible form.
People say that Amba is Parvati, the wife of Siva. And Siva is Parameshwara, or the husband. In other words, Parvati and Parameshwara are husband and wife.
As a human being, we have made some norms for ourselves. One these norms is marriage. We like everything to fit in these norms. If something does not fit in our rules we feel so uncomfortable and try to fit everything in our own point of curvature. Well, we do not want to leave God out our point of focus! So we bring in a male God and a Female Goddess and then create stories.
My friends, mythology consists of stories. Every story has a meaning; every character has a message to convey. So Siva and Parvati are simply characters portrayed in the form of a story in order to make it interesting. But if you go deeply into it, they are not husband and wife as we think. No!
Sambasiva is just a creation that fits in our lens of Focus. The true form of Sambasiva is the Goddess Gayatri. Again a name given to the Supreme energy for our conveyance. According to Vedas Gayatri is a Supreme energy which is neither male or female. This energy is highly intoxicating and if we break it down we can break it into different male and female energies which we associate with different Gods and Goddess. All the different school of thoughts in Hinduism have concentrated in one of the numerous energies from the ultimate source. It is like when you are in deep Jungle you are in between few tall trees and you cannot see the complete beauty of the jungle.
Now I understand the reason why some people argue Shiv, Shakti and Krishna are the same. Shiva, Shakti and Vishnu are the Supreme God energy — different energy fields which represents different aspects of the one person; and there are others still who regard the Supreme God as being ultimately formless (advaita, no material form) and thus see both Vishnu and Shiva as different facets of the one formless Brahman or Gayatri, with no material form.