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Shaivism

I am a Shaivite. What this means is that I believe in the principles of Shaivism and live by these principles. In this lineage, Lord Shiva is considered the supreme being or the first principle, from whom the universe was created. It is widely accepted that Yoga was given to us by lord Shiva.

 

I often conduct workshops on Shaivism. In these workshops, my goal is introduce students to Shaivism, the religion and cosmology of ancient India, going back to 10,000+ years. The Indian subcontinent was inhabited by the Dravidian tribe for a very long time now, at least 10,000+ years old. Shaivism was the cosmology and religion of the Dravidians. Around 5,000 years ago, a lot of kingdoms from the middle-east, west and north invaded India and settled in the northern and central part of India. The merger of the existing Shaivism in India and their own philosophies resulted in religions that followed: Jainism, Hinduism (Vedism), Vaishnavism, Buddhism, etc.

Shaivism as a cosmology/religion exists by itself very much in India now. It is also present in every other belief system that originated from India. If a person wants to understand Indian philosophies or Indian culture better, it would help to know about Shaivism, especially for yogis in the west. Yoga and Samkhya come from Shaivism.

 

The structure of the workshops is loosely based on the following topics

  1. Concept of Shiva & creation
  2. Tenets of Shaivism (Shiva Siddhaanta)
    1. Samkhya
    2. Yoga
    3. Shaktism
    4. Nature (Prakriti)
  3. Symbology of Shiva
  4. Importance of the number 3 in Shaivism
  5. Prayers and Pooja (puja) to Shiva
  6. Mantras dedicated to Shiva
  7. Meditation and Chanting