Lessons learn from Lord Shiva

Posted by The Open Page | 13th February 2018

Some Important lessons To Learn From Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva is  known as the destroyer of evil forces and is known by various names such as Mahadeva, Pashupati, Mahakaleshwar, Natraja, Bhole Nath, etc. In most spiritual aspects,  He commutes on a divine bull named Nandi.
Lord Shiva has many iconic features on his looks such as a third eye on his forehead, a snake named Vasuki around his neck, his throat is blue, a beautiful crescent moon on his head, the holy river Ganga flowing down from his matted hair, a trishul in his hand along with his musical instrument, Damroo. As per the Hindu beliefs, Lord Shiva sits on a tiger skin and he has a water pot or Kamandalam beside him. He wears rudraksha beads on this body and he has ash smeared over his complete body.
In today’s life, where we all are getting devoid of our culture and values, we must try to incorporate some of the lessons taught by our rich Hindu culture. Lord Shiva is a true example of a true teacher who signifies that with love and compassion we can win the world and to eliminate social evils, we must take a staunch stand. Let’s know how lord Shiva teaches us:
1. Nothing Is Impossible If You Have A Peaceful Mind
Lord Shiva’s matter hair is a symbol of unison of mind, body and soul that enables him to focus better on his duties and gives peace to his mind. Similarly, in our lives, whether we want to study harder, attain more productivity at workplace, concentrate better or aim at achieving better health condition, then we must try to unite our body, mind and soul. When we work peacefully, we save our energies in doing constructive things and we are able to face difficulties with a smile on our face.
2. Perceiving Things By Giving It A Thought
The third eye of Lord Shiva symbolises that we must not always believe what we see until we are able to see it from the mind’s eye. This means whenever we face an adverse circumstance, then we must not keep on thinking about what we see in front of us. Rather 
3. Control Your Ego
Lord Shiva’s weapon Trishul is the indicator of controlling your ego, mind and intellectual self. If you are challenged to do something which your mind does not permit and out of ego, you do it to show off yourself, then you have no control over your mind, intellect and ego. If you have complete control on your mind, then you will able to take better decisions and you will feel great when you express your true self. 
4. Practice Meditation For A Focused Mind
Lord Shiva is believed to be seated in a meditative pose and he is symbolised to have an undeterred level of concentration. He is known for his calm attitude due to his prowess in practising meditation. In today’s busy life, people are constantly in stress . To keep stress at bay and improve concentration, you must practise various meditation techniques,then you will be able to handle them with a calm mind and you will have better clarity about the subject while keeping you in best health at all times. 
5. Life Is Ephemeral
The ash smeared on Lord Shiva’s body signifies that everything is temporary in this Universe. Life is ephemeral and we all are mortal beings. Keep your soul clean by living life with content and happiness while keeping others happy too.
6. Manage Your Anger In A Constructive Manner
Blue throat of Lord Shiva indicates control on anger and channeling it into a constructive cause. Whenever, you feel angry and you feel that your emotions will burst out, just go for a work out or jogging or start meditating in a calm place. Put your energies in constructive manner that would otherwise get wasted in taking actions that you don’t intend to take in logical state of mind.
7. Develop Will Power With Exercise
Lord Shiva’s musical instrument, Damroo is a significance of getting rid of evil and unnecessary desires from the body. Eliminating evil from the body means cleansing your body and making it free from diseases through proper exercise and healthy diet. You must bring some activeness into your life in the form of exercise and yoga and must have control on your untimely food cravings. You must take utmost care of your health and develop high will power through exercising.
8. Don’t Ignore Even Minute Details While Taking Decisions
Holy Ganga river flowing down from the matted hair of Lord Shiva signifies clarity and understanding of everything. Many times, we take decisions on the basis of handful of knowledge that we have with us. We tend to ignore having complete details about the matter before pronouncing our decision. Be it at workplace, relationships, fitness routine, studies, etc, we jump into conclusions by getting influenced from other people without proper understanding of the matter. But. Trust your knowledge and then take decisions.
9. Remove Negative Thoughts
Kamandalam or water pot of Lord Shiva symbolises purification of mind. You have lived your life worthlessly if you have not eliminated negativity from your mind and focused on positivity.  Negativity attracts stress, tensions, poor health and you are least likely to cherish the life given to you. You need to opt positive approach in your life to help your mind think productively and to enjoy life with a cheerful attitude.

Jyoti Parmar

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