11 Important Life Lessons from Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva – the reigning deity among the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, is known to us by many names. He is the Aghori, the bholenath, the Maheshwar, the Neelkanth, the Mahadev and many more. He is the ultimate – the creator and the destroyer. Multi-faceted, lord Shiva is the giver of wisdom. Here are 11 important lessons we can learn from him in our lifetime!
Never-ever tolerate evil!
Lord Shiva never tolerated injustice. Injustice to him equaled as evil and he was the destroyer of all things evil. He was fair even when destroying the rakshasas. Taking cue from the lord himself, we should work towards zero-tolerance of evil around us and take a firm stand against injustice.
When in control, everything falls into place. In fact, to tame Ma Kali when she went on a killing spree, Lord Shiva had to intervene himself. However, we are not that lucky and therefore, self-control is the key to a great life. It keeps one focused, aligned and determined.
Anger is never the answer
This might baffle you as we often associate rage with Lord Shiva. However, Lord Shiva was a Maha Yogi as he meditated for hours and it was through his cool intellect the well-being of our universe severely depended upon. Only extremities disturbed his mind and resulted in rage. Therefore, when fighting life’s battles, anger is never the answer. It will force you to do the extreme which achieves nothing. Being cool and calm will help you get a new perspective and win over your battles.
Happiness does not equal to Materialism
What belongings did Lord Shiva have? His snake? Trishul? Damru? He dressed in animal skins etc. Yet, he reined the universe. Therefore, if you have nothing it doesn’t mean you are missing out in life. Being attached to wealth or assets only leads to being tied down – physically, mentally and emotionally. Yes, buying things do give us happiness but it is only momentary until we find something better. It is all about experience and not assets.
Many were afraid of Shiva’s appearance. Plus, he was the only one to have consumed the poison Halahala during the Samudra Manthan. This incident teaches us that no matter what comes our way, we need to be prepared and take it in our stride.
Your obsession will be your downfall
Ravana’s obsession over Sita led to his end. Therefore, your obsession will lead to nothing but your own destruction. Lord Shiva never obsessed over anything. He was free from all desires.
Respect your spouse/partner
Mata Parvati was always by Lord Shiva’s side. In fact lord Shiva is known as Ardhanarishwar, i.e. half man and half woman, and therefore, Ma Parvati was an essential part of him. With this truth, he always treated her with utmost respect. She was his Shakti and Shiva can never be apart from strength. Therefore, our spouse – wives or husbands, partners in life, are truly our better halves and we need to treat them with absolute respect and love.
Research will fetch new avenues
Always research before you venture into something new. Ganga Ma, encased in Lord Shiva’s hair represents the end of ignorance. She embodies unfathomable knowledge. Denial doesn’t help anyone and therefore, it is important to gather information before you plan to start anything new.
We human beings have a tendency to hoard things – possessions, people, relationships and, of course, feelings. But everything has a shelf-life and nothing will last forever. We need to learn to move on and be ready to face whatever comes our way.
Dance like no one is watching you. Lord Shiva’s tandav shocked and awed, destroyed the world. Dance is a medium of expression. The lord chose to express his rage and today dance is a great way to channel one’s energies into something constructive. It helps calm the mind too.
Ego has no place in your life
A man or a woman’s ego is the biggest cause of all delays, bitterness and obstacles. What is an ego but for a stubborn state of mind? It has ruined many goals, relationships, ideas and dreams. It makes one bitter and aloof. So what is the point of ego? Did you know Lord Shiva carried the Trishul to keep his ego in check? He never let his emotions get the better of himself. Similarly, he did not tolerate anyone’s ego either.