Life Lessons from “Mahadev”
Life Lessons from “Mahadev”
In the past 2 years, in my effort to understand the religion, I live by, I have been reading a lot of material, in form of articles, blogs and essays about Hinduism.
Incidentally, I find that most of these articles have been about or connected to Lord Shiva. I find Lord Shiva easier to understand and connect to. Want to know why? Here are 3 lessons that I have learnt, from the concept of “Shiv”.
Lesson on Nepotism
While the word “Nepotism” may have been brought back by Kangana Ranaut in recent time, Mahadev clearly seems to be against it.
A little story around it is, that Mata Parvati was born to the Himavant and Mainavati and as she attains youth she realizes that she is the one for Mahadev. But is rejected by Mahadev.
Thus she starts a severe penance for attaining the form of Shakti and thus become worthy of Mahadev. As she proceeds with her penance and shuns all forms of food, even leaves thus becoming “Aparna”. Nandi cannot see her pain and is confused as Mahadev seems to be unmoved.
Thus, Nandi questions Mahadev, why is he forcing Mata Parvati to undergo such severe methods to attain a position (being Shakti and wife of Mahadev) that is rightfully hers?
To this, the answer given by Lord Shiva is – “While I share the pain she is going through, nothing is yours till you prove to be worth its while.”
Lesson on Confidence
In the puranas Mata Parvati is always said to have a troubled relationship with Lord Karthik. Lord Karthik is always in doubt whether his parents truly love him or not. An upset Mata Parvati asks Mahadev, why does not Kartik accept them as his parents? Lord Mahadev narrates the circumstances of the birth of the 2 sons.
Karthik was born out of pure energy of both Mahadev and Mata Parvati, though stolen at birth, he was brought up by 6 kritikas, thus had been centre of love, attention and care, for most of his childhood, he is brave, he is most handsome of all gods, and a great warrior, he rides one of the most beautiful bird Peacock, he is also the general of Gods, yet a simple nudge from Lord Indra will shake his confidence and his sense self-worth, so much that he will keep his near ones away from him. This is because he lacks confidence in him and people close to him.
On the other hand, Lord Ganesh is born out of dirt from body of Mata Parvati, he is the one who lost his beautiful head when he met his father, Lord Shiva for the first time, his head was then replaced by that of an elephant’s, he then lost one his tusks to Lord Parashuram, he has a big stomach, he has a mouse for ride, yet just because of his believe in self-worth and purpose, he is the “Pratham Pujya” or the one to be prayed first, he is dearest to all.
Lesson on Props of Power
Mahadev is the one of Tridev, the destroyer, he who is timeless and lord of the Past (Bhootnath), yet does not have a ride (vahan). Lord Vishnu has Garuda, Indra has Airavat(elephant), Surya has a golden chariot pulled by 7 horses, Ganga has Makar(crocodile).
Leading by example, Mahadev shows that true power does not need to be displayed, it comes from within. Only when you lack it, you need to add props.
So the next time, you chance upon an extract of from our books of wisdom, look closer, you may find a hidden gem.
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