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This Blog is a collection of excerpts from talks given by Sri Swami Vishwananda. Please note that this Blog does not focus on dates, background and the exact original way of how Swamiji delivered the speech. We edit the talks slightly, presenting them in a kind of “poetic” format. This means we choose certain paragraphs from a talk which reflect a particular theme.
Read them as pieces of Divine Wisdom, meditate upon the words and just feel how Swamiji is addressing you with His words.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Only the Love of His Devotees could calm Shiva down

On yesterday's Blog entry Sri Swami Vishwananda explained us why Lord Shiva is also called 'Neela Kantha'- the One with the blue throat. Today He is telling us more about this story...

Sri Swami Vishwananda:

On the day, when this happened [Shiva drank the poison and His throat became blue- see yeserday's blog post] of course the poison wass burning His throat so much, that the only thing that could cool Him down is … what?(Some people whispering Ganga)
Sri Swami Vishwananda: Eh?
Someone: Ganga.

Sri Swami Vishwananda: No…

Someone: Love
Sri Swami Vishwananda: The Love of His devotees, no? (Laughing) (Audience laughing)
Only that could cool Him down. (Smiling) Of course it has to be sincere also.
That’s what the devas tried.
They said “Okay we praise God. We are always close to Shiva. Now we will pour water over Him, but He didn’t calm.”
Secondly the asuras came, saying “Okay we are also always around Shiva, because around Shiva there are always the asuras, demons.
They are always around Shiva, because He is the protector of them.
He is beyond good and bad, so He sees everybody equal.
The second are the demons.
They pour water over Shiva, but even that didn’t calm Him.
So they appealed even to the Higher, which is the Trinity, which is Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma. Even when they poured water on Shiva, it didn’t really calm the burning effect, that He was having.
And finally they turned to?
To whom did they turn?
Who is left? (Some people: Humans)

Someone: His devotees.

Someone: Parvati

Sri Swami Vishwananda: Parvati, Shakti, Uma, who is complete devotion to Shiva.
The same thing as Lakshmi is completely devoted to Vishnu.
So Parvati was the One who last poured water over Shiva, so that She calmed Him down, calmed the poison.
And today we are celebrating it.
This is one meaning of it.

A nice video of Shiva & Parvati (Ardhanishwar- half man/ half woman)

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