The Dance of Existence: An Ode to Lord Shiva

The Dance of Existence. Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva at Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore, India by At Infinity


कर्पूरगौरं करुणावतारं, संसारसारम् भुजगेन्द्रहारम्।

सदावसन्तं हृदयारविन्दे, भवं भवानीसहितं नमामि॥

You see him there– Dancing,

In the sky of the enlightened mind

Amidst the ring of fire,

Creating and destroying the matter and antimatter of life.

He dances constantly, at his own will and to his own tunes —-

He is Rudra when destroying and Ananda when creating everything– time, space and matter.

Those tresses can be seen flowing out like the waves of the ocean,

Sometimes stirring up the worlds, sometimes holding them in those matted locks like Ganga.

He interplays with the static and dynamic energy flow which contain the five principles of eternal energy–

Creation, Destruction, Preservation, Illusion and Emancipation.

He holds the damroo— an hourglass that indicates rhythm and time.

And there is kundalini the serpent,

Which spreads its fangs and when aroused, symbolically aligns the seven chakras in the spine.

He balances in abhaya mudra on apasmara the asur symbolising the end of ignorance.

The divine third eye of his is insight– of what has to be done in the future and enlightenment of the present.

Unaware of the world, he dances–

Like the dance of subatomic particles in this universe and symbolises birth and death of matter.

He is cheerful when dancing in the day,

And casts a shadow on us at night,

As if telling us that everything is illusory and all is under his control.

It’s impermanence that prevails in the universe,

And the thought of permanence is itself delusional.

He is there in every entity, the lord of dance, maheshwar, rudra, brahman– the eternal truth

He is Hara,

He is Lord Shiva…

It amuses me how vedic texts long back predicted what particle physicists still debate upon, and it has been admitted by those great men that their inspiration of the particle-antiparticle is mahadev’s tandav itself

Creation and destruction are done on the commands of the divine, and it’s life that manifests itself in both the processes beautifully…

नमामीशमीशान निर्वाणरूपं

विभुं व्यापकं ब्रह्मवेदस्वरूपम् ।

निजं निर्गुणं निर्विकल्पं निरीहं

चिदाकाशमाकाशवासं भजेऽहम् ॥१॥


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Sneha Kumar

Sneha is currently aspiring to become a doctor because the complexities of human body truly fascinate her. She has always loved reading, which eventually gave way to writing, though it’s only a hobby. She takes interest in astronomy and religion, and loves finding parallels in science and spirituality because there are connections, even though they appear to be opposites. She has a dark sense of humour. She believes in focusing on the process rather than the actual result. She lives by the principle of Voltaire “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to death your right to say it” You can find her on Instagram at @snehahahahalol

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