How do we master our lower self and stay calm in the midst of the storms of life? Let Shiva show you the way!
In this regal pose, Shiva sits in perfect peace and meditation. He sits with his trident, a cow and a cobra around his head.
The cow represents the Divine Mother. The trident is a symbol of various trinities; for example, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva or Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The name Shiva is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning "auspicious" or "kind."
Shiva is also known as the "lord of cattle." This is referring to Shiva's role as "herdsman" or shepherd of souls. The bull comes from a story about a devotee who assumed the form of a bull because the human body was not strong enough to contain his devotional ecstasy for Shiva.
Nandi the bull is depicted in most Shiva temples. He symbolizes the soul of man longing for God.
Let this statue reside in a place of honor on your altar, reminding you of your soul's deep desiring to return to its true nature of oneness with Spirit.