Who is Lord Shiva

10 characteristics of Shiva that set him apart from everyone else

Shiva is the lord of lords. He is the Promising One (Shiva), The Terrible One (Rudra), Lord of the Dance (Nataraja), Lord of the Universe (Vishwanatha), He is the Destroyer and the Transformer. It is limitless, transcendent, unchangeable, formless and also without beginning and without end.

 The qualities of Lord Shiva

 1. An ideal husband

2. Balance in everything

3. Impartiality

4. Intolerance of injustice

5. A great dancer

6. The Vairagi

7. The Asutosh

8. Harmony and unity in diversity

9. The kind

10. Ardhanarishvara

"Shiva" means the auspicious. Since it is humanly impossible to explain Shiva just as it is impossible to explain the universe, let's take a look at 10 qualities of Lord Shiva.

1. An ideal husband


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There could seldom be a couple like Shiva and Parvati who loved each other so much that they couldn't even be compared. Shiva treated his wife Parvati with love, respect and equality. He made Parvati sit next to him and not at his feet. Therefore, even today, unmarried girls fast and desire a husband who should be like Lord Shiva.

2. Balance in everything


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Shiva is someone who has opposing qualities (acceptance and repulsion) at the same time. It has the potential to generate and bring about dissolution, also the combination of serenity - angry, the moon (calm) - the third eye (radiation that reduces to ashes), sattvic (sattva predominant) - tamasic (tamasik predominant) temperaments etc
(The Sattviken worship the various forms of God, while the Tamasik worship the spirits and spirits.)

3. Impartiality


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Lord Shiva is completely impartial to everyone, be it a deity or a demon, an angel or a spirit ... for him a devotee (devotee) is a devotee, it doesn't matter who he is ... for that quality becomes he is also called 'Bholmath'. Shiva is an innocent god who often blesses people even if they have evil in their hearts. He does not distinguish between devas and daityas.
(Devas are supernatural beings rule over the sky, the air and the earth. You have a lot of responsibilities. Above all, they should help and support people and ward off evil. Daityas is a group of demons)

4. Intolerance of injustice


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Shiva never tolerated injustice and evil. He is the destroyer of all bad things. He was righteous even when he destroyed the rakshasas according to the Hindu texts. We should work towards zero tolerance of the evil around us and take a firm stand against injustice.

5. A great dancer

Dance is mostly considered a feminine form of art, but Shiva is also known as "Nataraja" and is the master of the dance. The connotation of the word "Nataraja" can be derived by breaking the word "Natya" which means "dance" and "Raja" which means "king". In its entirety, Nataraja means the king of the dance.

6. The Vairagi (dispassionate)


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Shiva is Yogishwar (the leading yogi), although he is Jagadishwar (the lord of the universe) he does not live like a king. Indeed, there is nothing precious about his body in it, no gold, no silver, nothing but a tiger skin, rudraksha, a snake and ashes, an ashes that is the ultimate fate of all that is materialistic.

7. The Asutosh

The quality that makes Shiva unique is that he is Ashutosh, which means a god who is easily pleased. All you need for Shiva's sake is true devotion and only water and bilva (bel) leaves.

8. Harmony and unity in diversity

Looking at Shiva's family, he can give us an example of unity in diversity. As we know, Shiva's vehicle is an ox Nandi and one of his trinkets is a snake, Parvati's vehicle is a lion, Karhtikeya's vehicle is a peacock, and Sri Ganesha's vehicle is a rat. However, an ox and a lion; a peacock and a rat; a peacock and a snake and a rat and a snake cannot stay together as the laws of nature prescribe, they are a prey and a predator in the feeding cycle. Nevertheless, they all live in harmony.

9. The kind

He is the kind hearted gentleman, the 'Bholmath' Although he never becomes intolerant of our sin, he is also kind and forgiving. When Daksha tried several times to demote Shiva, Shiva never said a word. Although Daksha was eventually killed for his absolute sins, Shiva resuscitated him and forgave him. That changed the mentality of Daksha. Similarly, we can take the lesson that if we want to change someone, then applying forgiveness is always a better option than applying punishment.

10. Ardhanarishvara

He is also known as "Ardhanarishwar" which is the androgynous form of him. Ardhanarishvara is the merging of two sides of God, the masculine and feminine aspects, which identify the identity of Purusha and Prakriti as a necessity. However, half of the masculine and feminine sides of the energies present in nature are represented from the androgynous form. It is a symbolism of how Shakti (Parvati or feminine principle of God) is inseparable from Shiva, the masculine principle of God. Ardhanarishvara form is an authentic symbol of Shiva's wholeness, which lies beyond the dualism that should be the main aspect of every human being.