WHAT IS THE DECODATION OF ''ARDHANARISWAR'' ?PART-01..SHIVA-11
MEANING OF ARDHANARISHVARA;--
1-The term "Ardhanarishvara" is a combination of three Sanskrit words: Ardha, nari, and ishvara, meaning respectively, "half," "woman," and "Lord" or "God." Thus, Ardhanarishvara means the "Lord whose half is woman," or "Lord who is half woman."
2-Some scholars translate the term to read as the more equal, "half male" and "the half female. However, this translation has largely been discounted, since it implies dvaita, or a duality of existence, which would stand in direct contradiction the Advaitic philosophy that informs much of Shaivism.
3-Additionally, some interpret the "Lord who is half woman" to suggest the inherent maleness of the divine, in accordance with the typical Shaivic advaitic view, and therefore his perpetual(constant) supremacy over the female aspect of reality. 4-Generally Shiva is referred to as the ultimate man, he is the symbolism of ultimate masculinity, but you will see in the Ardhanarishvara form of Shiva, one half of him is a fully developed woman.
5-If you look at the story of Ardhanarishvara as a symbolism of creation, then these two dimensions – Shiva and Parvati or Shiva and Shakti – are known as Purusha and Prakriti. The word “Purush” is today commonly understood as “man,” but that is not what it means. Praktriti means “nature” or “creation.” Purush is that which is the source of creation.
6-SHIVA-Ardhanarishvara is one of the most well known hypostasis of Shiva. It is the mysterious expression of his divine, androgynous, bipolar nature, in which he, in his manifestation as the Supreme Masculine, is intimately fused with his own feminine half.
7-Shiva-Ardhanarishvara is also the divine, cosmic being that exists beyond any polarity or duality, situated above all complementary aspects that exist in manifestation. MYTHOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION;- THE FIRST PURANIC STORY;- 04 FACTS;-
1-Shiva was in an ecstatic condition and because of that, Parvati was drawn to him. After Parvati did many things to woo him and sought all kinds of help, they got married. Once they were married, naturally, Shiva wanted to share whatever was his experience.
2-Parvati said, “This state that you are in within yourself, I want to experience it too. What should I do? Tell me. I am willing to do any kind of austerity.” Shiva smiled and said, “There is no need for you to do any great austerity. You just come and sit on my lap.”
3-Parvati came and with absolutely no resistance towards him, sat on his left lap. Since she was so willing, she had placed herself totally in his hands, he just pulled her in and she became half of him. 4-You need to understand, if he has to accommodate her in his own body, he has to shed half of himself. So he shed half of himself and included her.
THE SECOND PURANIC STORY;-
07 FACTS;- 1-it is often present in ancient hymns dedicated to Shiva- The wise Bringi was one of the perseverant and fervent worshippers of Shiva, but he was used to worshipping only Shiva, willfully neglecting the veneration of Shakti. Through his spiritual practice, Bringi aimed to transcend the aspects of existence and it was because of that he considered it correct only to worship Shiva.
2-He separated in his mind - Shiva-- from the manifesting feminine energy (Shakti),who is in reality inseparable and permanently part of him. 3-Excluding totally Shakti from the prayers that were offered to Shiva, Bringi abandoned, without knowing, his vital