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Topic: Shiva

Reading Complexity: Info
Shiva and his bull carrier Nandi Shiva, "The Auspicious One," is one of the primal controllers of the material world. He is mentioned as the greatest Vaishnava, devotee of Vishnu, and he is Krishna's unique agent for overseeing the mode of ignorance within material creation. He is considered one of the twelve mahajanas, authorities on devotional service to Krishna, and he is in charge of...
Reading Complexity: Easy
Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva The first tier of universal management consists of three executive heads: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Each is such a powerful controller that they are sometimes given equal status within Vedic literature—and inaccurately called “the Hindu Trinity” by Western scholars. The Srimad-Bhagavatam explains that Vishnu is God, or a full expansion of Krishna, whereas Brahma is a...
Reading Complexity: Easy
SHIVA is among the most widely worshiped deities in India. With names such as Mahadeva ("the great god") and Nataraja ("the king of dancers"), he is venerated in ancient holy cities like Benares, where Shaivites (as his worshipers are called) devote their lives to him, viewing him as the Supreme Lord. The fact is, he is supreme. As the scriptures say, "Srimad-Bhagavatam is supreme among Puranas...
Reading Complexity: Medium
Here's how the Srimad-Bhagavatam describes Shiva’s uncommon appearance: The engineer of the universe, Brahma, had asked four of his sons, celibate sages known as the Kumaras, to populate the worlds. When they refused, on the grounds that they wished to use their time purely for spiritual pursuits, Brahma became angry. Here's what happened next: “Although Brahma tried to curb his anger, it came...