"Shiva" - Hinduism Self Love Series - Ronja Block
Shiva, the Destroyer
In Hindu mythology, Shiva, together with Brahma and Vishnu, forms the Trimurti, the divine trinity. The role of the destroyer is attributed to him, while Brahma is responsible for the creation of the cosmos and Vishnu for its preservation.
Shiva puts an inevitable end to everything that has once begun, he dissolves old habits, clears up with the ego and revises false identifications and ideas.
He embodies the meaning of meditation, in which you drop your inner self, detach yourself from boundaries, illusion and old-established things.
He is also "God of the Yogis" who has turned away from worldly things.
Shiva, for one, is the destroyer, which is why he has the trident, with which he destroys, in particular, the attachment to the three gunas, sattva, rajas and tamas the three qualities of nature.
Shiva also overcomes the three times, past, present and future. Shiva wants to lead you out of attachment to the physical, the astral and the causal world. Shiva wants to lead you into eternity.
The cobra has a double meaning, on the one hand it stands for the femininity of Mother Earth, the Kundalini or Shakti and on the other hand for death. The erect cobra is also a symbol of spirituality and all-connectedness.
The venomous snake, is symbolic of the ego, which has been conquered by Shiva and wraps obedience around his neck.
The drum in his hands signifies that all creation, including the arts and sciences, originated from his divine sound, will and dance.
Shiva, Meditation and Cannabis.
As part of Indian culture, tradition and history, cannabis is not associated with the same negative stigma that modern society has created. Instead, ingesting cannabis is seen as a means of spiritual enlightenment, an act handed down to humanity by the gods through the plant world.
God Shiva is said to have chosen cannabis as his favorite food after spending a night sleeping under the leaves of the plant and refreshing himself in the morning while eating it. The earliest use of cannabis dates back to 2000 BC and is known as "bhang" - it is the edible form of cannabis and an offering to the gods during many Hindu festivals.
Cannabis was used early in rural areas for its medicinal properties to treat a wide variety of ailments. In the sacred scriptures of the Vedas, the medicinal plant was described in texts as "giver of joy" and "source of happiness". In India there are the Sadhus ,Shaivites, yogic ascetics who regularly rub their bodies with ash, dress in saffron colors and wear a Rudraksha Mala(prayer necklaces) and are allowed to consume Ganja or Bhang especially on the holy festival of Shivaitri Legal. This allows them to connect with their gods.
The deepest moments of clarity are often experienced while consuming marijuana, although our devotion and connection may not be quite comparable to the practices of the sadhus. Cannabis can still help you venture into your own psyche and gain some distance from everything and get more into your heart center.
Another practice that can help you is meditation.
You might think that cannabis and meditation could get in each other's way, but the two can go hand in hand if combined mindfully and consciously.
Hemp is closely connected to the heart chakra and can trigger a deep sense of inner peace, compassion and joy in you.
It is a true healing plant with or without THC it is turned to us in love.
A gift of the "Holy Mother Earth" that should not be trampled on and deserves a lot more appreciation than to stigmatize it negatively.
Don't criticize it.
Om namah Shivaya.
With love Ronja
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