ODE TO SHIVA NATARAJA:
That Untamed God
Mankind asks: "How many angels
Can dance on the head of a pin"?
They say: "A mango is sweet;
A lemon is sour".
In judgment they say: "That one is beautiful
And that one is truly ugly!"
The mind, in confusion and weeping
Bitter tears of life's many, many sorrows
Creates its illusion--a duality dance.
Shiva, that wild God of
Destruction and regeneration,
Dances the untamed and holy energetic,
Wondrous dance of Nataraja,
That wild, untamed Lord of the Dance.
Shiva has the cosmic task of destroying,
Along with Shakti, Maha Kali,
The demon of maya,
That monster of Illusion by name,
Which mankind has created with his
Very own ego-personality mind.
Oh man . . .
Let Mahadeva Shiva, as well as
Demon King Ravana and
Rama, Lord Vishnu incarnated on Earth,
Show you the way, through the drama
They played recorded in the "Ramayana",
The epic story of Ram.
Eventually the mind must come into
Alignment with the holy tenets
Of old, those Universal Laws
That bring the Spiritual Heart into the
Wide-open vibrational range,
Wherein in each Atman
Somewhere, Somewhen . . .
Divine Love will again reign supreme!
Ravana the Demon King of Lanka, whom Ram incarnated to kill, demonstrates for us man’s triumph over the ego, maya or illusion. This is a journey to freedom we all eventually must take! Ravana’s death (symbolic of the death of the ego-maya-personality, the “I” in man) thereby attains liberation, freedom from the karmic wheel of recurring lives represented through Ravana’s dying at the hands of Lord Rama thereby attaining liberation (Ram symbolizes the Compassionate, Loving Divine within man as well as The Divine Supreme Being). The video below sings Ravana’s devotional song to Shiva, whom he worships even though he has “ten heads” which represent his “ten character imperfections”: Shiva Tandava Stotram. (Nataraja’s Dance) –Utpalavati
Maha Avatar Babaji Quote of the Day
Do you still find yourself in judgment? In these ending days of the Kali Yuga, the easiest way the Divine has given to reach enlightenment is the way Swami Vishwananda teaches—the Path of Devotion to God, Bhakti Marga. -Babaji
I Shiva Tandava Stotram II शिव तांडव स्तोत्रम्