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Dancing Lord Shiva

The dancing Lord Shiva represents the cycle of birth,death,and rebirth.We are a part of this anandatandava,dance of bliss.Shiva the king of dances,has four arms.The upper right hand holds the drum for which creation issues forth.The lower right hand raised in blessing,betokening preservation.The upper left hand holds a flame,which is destruction,the dissolution of form.The right leg,representing obscuring grace,stands upon apasmarapurusha,a soul temporarily earth-bound by its own sloth,confusion and forgetfulness.The uplifted leg revealing grace,which releases the mature soul from bondage.The lower left hand gestures toward the holy foot in assurance that Shiva's grace is the refuge for everyone,the way to liberation.Shiva dances in evil ,and sacred places.Everything here,above,and everything we can imagine is in an rhythmical cycle.The cycles of birth and death have perpetuated that disintegrating force of creation.Samsara,the transmigration of the soul from one life to another,perpetuated the separateness of the person.As the distinctions of cast survived,each generation will pay the price of misdeeds done in earlier lives.What goes around comes around,and what comes around goes back around.This eternal dance that is never ending.Without Shiva,nothing could exist.The rhythm of creation and destruction is not only manifest in the turn of the seasons and in the birth and death of all living creatures,but is also the essence of inorganic matter,'that for the modern physicists,then,Shiva's dance is the dance of subatomic matter.

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      Shalini Kagal 

      9 years ago from India

      I've always been fascinated by the idea of this cosmic dance and all it stands for!

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