Shaivism – A Religion - Poem by Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
Shaivism revolves around Lord Shiva.
Tantric philosophy gave birth to it.
Kashmir Shaivam is with monastic faith
While Shaiva Siddandam is dualistic.
Bhairava, Rudhra and Shiva have been
Three forms akin in ferociousness
To the Wild Bull, the Bull and the Ox.
He and his subjects profess humbleness.
As Shiva, He is potential energy;
As Sakti, He is creative energy.
Conjugation of male and female
Is symbolized by Linga, the idol.
Shiva reminds you of your destination.
Ash is what one would become after death.
He wears ash to remind us of the end
And to live observing austerity.
Followers of Shiva is in firm belief
That they’d get painless death, the Moksha.
Glorious rich life with horrible death
Is a tragedy they want to escape from.
(I am a Shaivait. My father had insisted on me to devote to Shiva for a death without being bed ridden, and he left at his little cash for the village Shiva Temple and died peacefully at my lap at his 93)
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