Happy Dussehra to all my friends
Friends, according to the Shiva Purana, Lord Shiva, distraught in the separation of Sati, sat down to meditate on the peak of the Himachal (part of Himalaya), where the Ganges river descends. Because of the Ganges, that place is very holy. He started diverting his mind from Sati and engaged himself in the practice of yoga. When Mountain king Himachal came to know about his arrival, he went to meet Shiva with his family and members, and attended his service. Shiva told him that he wanted to do penance there in solitude, so no one should come to meet him. Parvatraj announced in his kingdom that whoever tries to meet Shiva will be given a harsh scepter. But Parvati wanted to serve him, so she insisted on going to Shiva from her father Himalaya. The exhausted Himachal took Parvati back to Shiva, and prayed for Parvati to accept her service. Shiva said that he is engaged in meditation yoga, so what is the work of a woman. Women are fickle by nature, and disturb the attention of even the biggest yogis. Then he said that he is always situated beyond nature in his ecstasy and void form. On this Parvati told him that he could not live beyond nature. Without nature, he cannot even speak, then why is he talking big things. If he is beyond nature and he already is everything, then why is he doing penance on this Himalayan peak. Nature cannot harm the one who is beyond nature, then why is he afraid of it. Shiva liked this reasoning, and he allowed Parvati to do his daily service with her sakhis or she friends. Shiva used to remain unattached to Parvati’s gesture. There was never any desire in his mind. However, he only saw Parvati in his meditation. He felt that his ex-wife Sati had appeared in the form of Parvati. Knowing this good opportunity, the gods and sages sent Kamadeva to create lust in Shiva’s mind. They wanted to make Urdhvreta (a man with upward semen flow) Shankar a chyutreta (a man with downward semen flow to outside to be wasted). The gods and sages were troubled by the demon Tarakasura. He was to be killed at the hands of the son of Shiva- Parvati. That is why they wanted to get Shiva and Parvati married. Shiva first became enamored of Parvati, and began to describe her appearance with sensuality. Then as soon as he started putting his hands inside Parvati’s clothes, and because of her feminine nature, Parvati started smiling shyly running away, he got the idea of his God form, and he went back repenting of his actions. Then his eyes went to Cupid standing nearby. Kamadeva himself was consumed by the furious effulgence of Shiva’s third eye. Shiva wanted that only when Parvati’s pride or arrogance is over, he will have a love affair with her. That’s what happened. As soon as Parvati’s ego was destroyed, Shiva adopted her and from their mutual love, Kartikeya was born, who grew up and killed the demon Tarakasur. Tarakasur had taken the gods and rishis hostage. He used to get the gods to do things of his own free will. In fact, he had asked Brahma for a boon that he should not die at the hands of anyone except the son of Shiva. He knew that Shiva is the real God beyond nature, why would he marry.
Demystifying the the above metaphorical story of Shiva-Parvati marriage
God is also desperate to meet the soul. Being alone, he gets bored. If it were not so, there would be no evolution. In order to meet the soul, he starts doing penance while sitting in the sahasrar of the living being’s body. He neither eats nor drinks anything. He just remains silently meditating on his true natural form. This is what Shiva has to do penance there. The body of the living being is the Himalaya Mountain, and the mind of the living being, that is, Kundalini, is Sati or Parvati. Due to the effect of his penance and yoga, he does not get disturbed for her even after being so close to his beloved Sati. Sushumna is the river Ganges here, which keeps on energizing the Sahasrar by giving it a huge amount of energy carried up from muladhar. The soul of the living being here also is the mountain king Himalaya or Himachal. In this way, the meeting of the soul with God keeps happening in between, but there is no complete meeting. It is written in this form that Shiva refused to meet anyone there. Meeting here means complete meeting. Perfect union between two can be possible only when both are of similar nature. If Shiva will meet the common man completely, then it is natural that his penance will be disturbed, because the common man does not do penance, and is full of many faults. That is why the soul keeps its mind and its senses entangled in the outside world by itself, and does not allow these to go towards Sahasrar to meet Shiva. These mind, senses and pranas are the residents of King Himachal. Even if they ever go towards Sahasrar by mistake, they feel dark. This darkness is the harsh punishment given to them by Parvatraj Himachal. But the Kundalini picture in the mind wants to go to Sahasrar again and again to meet Shiva. This is Parvati. The most powerful picture of the mind is the Kundalini picture. It can easily go on till Sahasrar. This is described as the insistence of Parvati and the Himalaya taking her to Shiva. This also means that Parvati tells Shiva that if he is beyond nature, then sitting in Sahasrar, whom he is doing penance hoping for. Meaning that nature itself has forced Shiva to sit in the Sahasrar Chakra of this body, so that he can meet the Kundalini in the form of Parvati. Happiness comes only by sending the Kundalini picture to Sahasrara, not by sending other pictures. This is told in this metaphorical story by saying that Shiva accepted his daily service to be performed by Parvati. Parvati every day used to go to that holy peak to serve Shiva with her she friends and return home every day. This means that during the daily Kundalini yoga practice, the Kundalini would stay in the Sahasrara only for a short time, the rest of the time on the other chakras. The Muladhara Chakra is the Kundalini Shakti’s own home. The main prana energy rising through back and the movement of breath which always stays with the Kundalini are said to be the sakhis or she friends of Parvati. For every action there is an equal reaction. Due to Kundalini being in Sahasrara, one is experiencing Advaita, that means Kundalini is meditating on Shiva. In return, Shiva is also meditating on Kundalini equally. Shiva sees his consort Sati in Parvati. Actually Jiva or soul or living being or Kundalini or Sati is separated from Shiva once upon a time being infinite years ago. At that time, she used to live united with Shiva as both inseparable from each other. The sending of Kamadeva by Brahma and other deities to get Shiva-Parvati to meet means, naturally, an advanced yoga practitioner is attracted towards sexuality or sexual tantra. You must be seeing every day how big spiritual people are being accused of sexual abuse. Even eminent Brahmarishis like Vishwamitra could not escape this sexual eroticism, and became corrupt. In fact, this sexuality arises in order to impart the ultimate liberation velocity to the Kundalini just as escape velocity imparted to a space shuttle to escape earth’s gravitational pull, so that she can become free from materiality and become one with Shiva. But many yogis are not able to handle this sexuality properly, and instead of profit, it does their harm. Taking the help of that sexual sensuality, Kundalini went very close to Shiva, but could not unite with him. This means that Kundalini awakening could not take place. By meditating on the Agya chakra, the Kundalini remains on the psyche, due to which even the sexual act becomes devoid of sensuality and pure. It is said that Kamadeva was burnt to ashes from the third eye of Shiva. The third eye is located on the Agya chakra itself. I consider Ajna Chakra as the third eye. It is due to the influence of this Kundalini Shakti situated mainly at agya chakra or third eye that sexual yoga remains untouched by physical sexuality, whereas in spite of similar physical activities, pornography is full of inflammatory sexuality. On the request of the gods, Shiva married Parvati only when Parvati first destroyed her ego. I was also telling this in the previous post that when the ego on the Sattva guna produced by yoga practice is destroyed, only then there is the possibility of Kundalini awakening. Kundalini symbolizes the mind or the living being. The ego of the living being has ended, that is, the ego of Parvati in the form of Kundalini has ended. All the deities reside in the body of the living being. In the form of the soul, they are also bound in the body. For example, the sun god who roams freely in the universe is bound in two small eyes, the universal wind god is bound in the nose, the water god naturally roaming freely inside celestial bodies is bound in the limited blood etc. Similarly, the sages are also bound by preaching knowledge to the bound soul of living beings. These gods and sages will also be considered completely liberated only when the soul is liberated, which means the marriage of Shiva-Parvati will take place in the form of Kundalini awakening. This is the prayer of the gods and sages for salvation, which Shiva finally accepts. The demon Tarakasura is the name given here for ignorance of soul. Taraka literally means the pupil of the eye, which is dark in color like ignorance. It binds the whole body including the mind of the living entity. Taraka also means eye or light or knowledge. The demon who destroyed it was Tarakasur. Tarakasur or ignorance blinds a man. According to the above, the deities and the sages themselves fall into bondage due to the bondage of the soul. His destruction can only be accomplished by the wisdom born of Kundalini awakening, who is described in this story as Kartikeya, the son of Shiva-Parvati.