Look At The Gods… “Darashan Do”


In hinduism, Vishnu is a God who act as a preserver. He is like a gardener, a leader who is active unlike Shiv, who is the passive one. Vishnu lives in Vaikunth, the heaven which is ocean of milk. Vishnu rest on a serpent called as Shesh Naag, with Lakshmi sitting besides him. In this state he is called Narayan (maybe derived from ‘neend’ which means sleep).
Vishnu only open his eyes when devas pray to him and ask for protection. Devas are sons of Aditi and god of elements ( fire, water, wind etc). They are often threatened by Asura, who are their half brother, sons of Ditti.

When Vishnu wakes up from his sleep, a lotus blooms from his navel and another god Brahma emerges.This relationship is a symbolic mutualism. One can say that Brahma is born out of Vishnu’s conscious thoughts when he opens his eyes. Or Vishnu is, like a fetus connected to the creator Brahma via lotus which is symbolic of placenta.

Vishnu sitting on Shesh naad with Brahma and Lakshmi

Brhama is the seeking god, who seeks for answers. Brahma did not make the mortals, he simply made them aware of the world. And he, himself is mark of Vishnu’s consciousness.

Another major god is hindu mythology is Shiva. He is worshiped as destroyer of the universe. He is a hermit who lives on snow cladded mountains, where nothing grows and no animal lives. He sits on a tiger skin and meditates. He doesn’t care about the world and does not wish to interact. He is the maha yogi, who has destroyed Kama, the god of love. He is married to Shakti.

When Shiv has his eyes shut, the nature becomes wild and untamed. It becomes blood thirsty and Shakti takes form of kaali. When Shiva’s eyes are open, he is called as ‘Shankar’ the benevolent one. And Shakti takes form of Gauri, innocent and giving like a cow (cow in Hindi means Gaaye from which the word Gauri is derived).

Nature is called as ‘Prakriti’ in Sanskrit. And Shakti is symbolic of nature. When the god’s eyes are closed, when his mind is not aware of the goddess, the prakriti is unorganized. But as soon as the god opens his eyes, he looks at the goddess (Darashan), Prakriti is organized and giving. Humans should understand that just by Darshan, we can make changes to our lives. Therefore in Hindu temples, people mostly go just to look at the god.

Shiv In his yogic posture. Trident on his right signifies his control over 3 Gunas (3 tendencies of nature)

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Look At The Gods… “Darashan Do”

  1. many are having wrong perception about destroying , yes indeed shiva is destroyer among trinity , but here destroying means destroying all bad things what ever it is , its not mean that he destroy everything which is made by brahma and vishnu . he destroys only evil forces adharma in order sustain dharma . according to hindu purana lord shiva hold highest place in the trinity , this too accepted by brahma and vishnu and all gods and demi gods , he is the head of everything , also another important thing is that the name shiva means the auspicious one , one who do good things and give moshka . so lastly lord shiva is destroyer of bad evils and bad things .

    • Shiva is the destroyer…… Vishnu sustains dharma……. Shiv does not have sense of what is right and wrong…… that is why is is called as bholenath……. which means ‘the innocent one’…….. he gave boon to asura and vishnu had to transform into mohini and tricked asura into killing himself……. he is destroyer of the universe…….. And in that form he is know as Rudra………

    • Shiva is supposed to have a third eye which when opened destroys everything. Right and wrong are relative terms. Bhagwat Geeta says everything is temporary, which applies to both good and bad things.

      Again this is not a competition where Shiva wins and hence stands first and hence is superior. When you will read Vishnu Puran, in that Vishnu is praised and you will say that he is superior, and when you read Shiv Puran you will say the same thing for Shiva. A person belonging to Vaishnav sect will say Vishnu is superior, where as a Shaivik person will say Shiva is superior.

      As such there is no question of superiority in Hinduism.

      In in Rig Veda it is written:”Ekam Sat Vripa Bahuda Vadanti”; that “god is one and people call him by different names.” Hence one can also say that Vishnu and Shiva are actually two different forms of one supreme being.

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  3. Shiva is supposed to have a third eye which when opened destroys everything. Right and wrong are relative terms. Bhagwat Geeta says everything is temporary, which applies to both good and bad things.

    Again this is not a competition where Shiva wins and hence stands first and is hence is superior. When you will read Vishnu Puran, in that Vishnu is praised and you will say that he is superior, and when you read Shiv Puran you will say the same thing for Shiva. A person belonging to Vaishnav sect will say Vishnu is superior, where as a Shaivik person will say Shiva is superior.

    As such there is no question of superiority in Hinduism.

    In in Rig Veda it is written:”Ekam Sat Vripa Bahuda Vadanti”; that “god is one and people call him by different names.” Hence one can also say that Vishnu and Shiva are actually two different forms of one supreme being.

  4. God is one who is above all. The world and its materials. Vishnu has not givn up the maaya in this world. He has lakshmi(symbolising wealth) with him. Shiva whose primary responsibility is maintaining the life cycle. Whereas Lord Shiva, has given up all such pleasures and meditates in the Kailash. I think u have a slightly wrong perception of him being the destructor. Shiva has the power to destroy anything..that is why he has maa Shakti with him. She symbolizes strength and power. But he is also the head.
    Infact Lord Shiva is all compassion when it came to saving the world from the serpent Vaasuki’s poison during the amritamanthana. Vaasuki, used as a churning rope, was so tired and sick from the repeated action of churning that he vomited the most potent poison into the ocean of milk.Fearing the destruction of the world through this poisoning, Shiva immediately drank the poison. He Himself would have succumbed to the poison were it not for the timely intervention by Paarvati, His consort.
    Shiva is a nature lover, one who wears a snake as ornaments. Applies vibhuti(ashes) all over his body, Ganges on his head.
    Shiva is a Supreme being and so he doesn’t differentiate between the asuras and the dev. All are equal for him.
    He is bholenath, because he is simple in his living. He can be pleased easily by simply pouring water on the ling and a chant of “Om Namah Shivay”. This shows his innocence.

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