Shiva - Ultimate Outlaw

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Somehow fascinating. To think of Shiva as the first Yogi, the one who explored all human inner possibilities. Who embraced everything into nothingness.

Breaking the laws of physical nature is spiritual process. In this sense, we are outlaws, and Shiva is the ultimate outlaw. You cannot worship Shiva, but you may join the Gang.

-- Sadhguru

Story: Shiva – the most intense human being that anyone could think of – was taking another being as a part of his life.
They just could not get along with each other. But since it was Shiva’s wedding, they decided to put aside their differences and sit together this one time.
with great pomp, Parvati’s lineage was announced. This went on for quite a while.
All the guests waited for someone to rise and speak about the glory of Shiva’s lineage, but no one said a word.
Parvati’s father, Parvat Raj, then requested Shiva, “Please tell us your antecedents.”
He simply sat surrounded by his ganas, staring into nothingness.
nobody would give their daughter in marriage to a man without knowing his ancestry.
But Shiva remained silent.
Then, sage Narada, who was present in the assembly, saw the turn that events were taking, picked up his veena and started plucking at a single string of the instrument. He kept playing the same note – “toing, toing, toing.”
"This one has no parentage. This one has no heritage. This one has no gotra. This one has nothing. All he has is himself."
"For him, there is only one lineage – sound. The primordial, non-existent nature, when it began to find existence, the first thing that came into existence was sound."

Who is Shiva?

The word “Shiva” literally means “that which is not.”
Today, modern science is proving to us that everything comes from nothing and goes back to nothing.
the fundamental quality of the cosmos is vast nothingness.
Everything comes from Shiva and goes back to Shiva.
So Shiva is described as a non-being, not as a being. Shiva is not described as light, but as darkness.
Darkness is a much bigger possibility than light. Nothing needs to burn, it is always – it is eternal. Darkness is everywhere. It is the only thing that is all pervading.

On another level, when we say “Shiva,” we are referring to a certain yogi, the Adiyogi or the first yogi.
Yoga is the science and technology to know the essential nature of how this life is created and how it can be taken to its ultimate possibility.

“Shiva” refers to both of these because in many ways they are synonymous. This being, who is a yogi, and that non-being, which is the basis of the existence, are the same, because to call someone a yogi means he has experienced the existence as himself.
If you have to contain the existence within you even for a moment as an experience, you have to be that nothingness. Only nothingness can hold everything. Something can never hold everything.
The word “yoga” means “union.” A yogi is one who has experienced the union. That means, at least for one moment, he has been absolute nothingness.

In the yogic culture, Shiva is not seen as a God. He was a being who walked this land and lived in the Himalayan region. As the very source of the yogic traditions, his contribution in the making of human consciousness is too phenomenal to be ignored.
Every possible way in which you could approach and transform the human mechanism into an ultimate possibility was explored thousands years ago.

In great detail, he gave a meaning and a possibility of what you could do with every point in the human mechanism.
This transmission of the yogic sciences happened on the banks of Kantisarovar, a glacial lake a few miles beyond Kedarnath in the Himalayas.

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