What is the Meaning of Shiv Lingam ?
IS LINGAM A REPRESENTATION OF SEXUAL ORGANS ?
Unfortunately the Western scholars wrongly associated this lingam with the phallus, a male sexual organ, and saw obscenity in this worship. They say that Bana is the penis and Salunka is the vagina a female sex organ; and thus copulation is represented in the Siva-lingam.
The Bana appears to have come out / upwards through the Salunka; it is not penetrating down into salunka to think of sexual symbolism.
Why do this sense of phallism arise? It is because those people took wrong meaning of the word ‘Lingam’. Lingam is, now, taken as a word suggesting sex, but its original meaning is ‘sign’ or ‘symbol’. For example, Sir Winston Churchill was recognized by his cheroot while Sir N. Chamberlain by his umbrella. Cheroot & Umbrella were the signs or symbols of Churchill and Chamberlain respectively. In Sanskrit we would say Cheroot is the lingam of Churchill while umbrella is the lingam of Chamberlain. Similarly lingam of Gandhiji is Charkha. Formerly it was said the lingam of Indra was Vajra, lingam of Brahmadeva was lotus. Thus ‘linga means a sign or symbol by which a particular person is recognized.
COBRA ON THE SHIVA LINGAM
There is a central pillar, the Bana, surrounding which there is Salunka. Spiraling around the Bana there is a cobra snake. There is Tripunda Gandha, a special mark on forehead. This special mark is really a special. It appears to be a picture of a snake spiraling around in axis. It looks like a spring. This shape resembling a spring is very important. We know that the DNA molecule is a Helix. The modern scientists compare it with a spiral stair-case, while the ancient sages have compared it with a spiral of cobra. The cobra takes support of Bana. DNA takes support of nucleus. The ancient comparison is more of reduplication. The reduplication of DNA mimics the copulation of the snakes.
The snake is a living thing like DNA but the staircase is not living. The modern scientists ( Watson and Crick ) have prepared a model in 1953 of a spiral staircase to depict the same DNA molecule; while the ancient sages have prepared a model to depict the same DNA and that model is the Siva-Lingam.
To have the sense of life in that model, they thought of the spirals of a cobra and to make it reach a common man, they put forth an idea of Tripunda Gandha, a sacred mark drawn on the forehead with our three fingers dipped in the holy- paste. Quite an ingenious representation, is not it?
SHIVA LINGAM – SHIVA AND PARVATHI REPRESENTATION
HARA = NEUTRON
BRAHMA = ELECTRON
VISHNU = PROTON
PARVATHI =Electric Field Energy (Maya is the force of
attraction of nucleus or proton on the electron)
Now, we shall consider Siva-lingam . There is a central Bana, which represents three Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Parvati is represented by Salunka which is oval or oblong in shape with three ridges encarved at its periphery. Parvati is Maya and Sakti. She is a sort of energy field and plays very important role in the universe. She is wife of Siva and half of Siva. (Ardhangi). She dances around Siva all the time.
If we see the figure of an atom we find two parts-central nucleus and around it an oval electron field-Bana and Salunka-Out of the great Trinity two are more important namely Hari and Hara. Hari is Purush, a man i.e. positive proton. Hara is indifferent, without any attraction (Virakta), so Hara means a Neutron having no charge at all. The wife of Hara is Sakti who plays with the Universe including Brahma and Vishnu. She is the mother of all. She is female i.e. negative. So the negative Electron field is Salunka representing Shakti.
All of us know that a lotus came out of the navel of Vishnu and on that lotus Brahma is seated. The lotus depicts a delicate bond which keeps Brahma bound to Vishnu. The stem of lotus being flexible, Brahma moves around Vishnu in his lotus.
This story shows that Electron means Brahma moving around Proton or Vishnu. Brahma is circling and playing in the Electron field- Field is energy or Maya, the Salunka. Maya is the force of attraction of nucleus or Proton on the electron, so it is depicted by the delicate lotus, joining two Virat Purushas Brahma and Vishnu (Proton & Electron).
THE THREE RIDGES
There are always three ridges encarved on Salunka. These three ridges are the three orbital of electron field. In Sanskrit, three means many. So the three ridges represent many orbital of electron field.
Siva himself does not do anything. He has given Vishnu the full authority to maintain the universe. Brahma is to produce every thing. Brahma and Vishnu work with the energy of Siva, the Sakti. Another name of Sakti is Renuka. The name is very descriptive, Renuka is one who produces Renu or molecule. Two atoms (axa) make one molecule (Renu). The energy which forms the molecules is known as Renuka; modern scientists call it ‘Valency’ The actual producer of molecules is Electron or Brahma. Modern physics shows that electrons are shared between the atoms to form a molecule; and because of the formation of the molecules his world came into existence. So ancient Indian concept hat Brahma produced the world appears to be true. Brahma means electron.
Motherly or reproductive energy forming molecules is Renuka. This one is a form of Parvati, But there is another form of Parvati, known as ‘Rudrani’-very destructive, terrible and catastrophic in nature. Rudrani is always around Rudra. Rudra is Neutron who is situated in Bana or nucleus.
NUCLEAR FISSION ENERGY
If somebody tries to smash or crush this Bana (nucleus) the Nuclear fission as it known these days-this Rudrani. Portable, the first scientist sage, knowing this destructive energy, did the first atomic explosion in an underground cell near a river and outside the town.
That is why, the tradition-loving Hindus still erect temples of Siva near a river, outside town, away form population, and the Lingam is always placed underground. Sometimes Siva-temple is on the mountains but in any case Lingam is always underground. Thus lingam is a model of an atom.
In Yoga-Vasistha Valmiki tells Rama, "I saw dancing in the space. That time it appeared that the space itself is personified. He looked like a great pillar or blue flames. A shadow developed from Him and started dancing in front if Him. She appeared as if the darkness itself had been personified, I ran with the speed of mind for thousands of years but I could hardly see her head or feet, so tall was she. She is named as ‘Kall’ or ‘Bhairavi’.
Rudra, the great flame and Kali, the darkness suggest positivity and negativity. The same concept is confirmed by the discovery of Dr. Pyarelal Jain about the Charmed Particles which are named as Quark and Antiquark. Siva and Sakti. Rudra and Kali. These two produce positive Proton and negative Electron. Kali is dancing Siva. Negative Electron is also dancing around positive proton. So the simile is perfect. The dance of Kali suggests three types of movements namely rotation, revolution and vibration. While dancing Kali vibrates her feet, rotates around herself / and while in these two actions she rotates around Shiva.
All these three motions are present in the Electron.
Male and female, flame and shadow, definitely suggest positive and negative. Any energy has got these two poles positive and negative. Understanding fully this fact our ancestors prepared the lingam, because they had the knowledge of Magnetism, and they knew that the north pole of the earth is negative, they placed the negatively or Salunka pointing towards the North. This is the tradition even today, though the science behind is lost.
THE WATER FALLING DOWN THE LINGAM IS NOT TOUCHED
Shiva lingam is bathed continuously, but the water falling down from the lingam is never touched. People never drink that water as a Teerth though it is a custom in case of other Gods like Vishnu etc. This about the water of Siva has a root in the experience of the remote past when experiments were done on this atom model.
The sages knew that the water does not remain ordinary potable water, it becomes heavy water due to Radiation from Lingam. So they ordered the pupils not to touch or drink that water and not to cross it while flowing away. This tradition came upto us without the scientific knowledge behind.
Siva lingam is always placed near a river, because the sages were doing experiments on the atoms and they know that if some accident takes place, there will be radiation Fall-out, and to save from that radiation hazards the only way was to jump into the rivers and remains immersed in the water.
MOUNT HIMALAYAS LOOKS LIKE LINGAM
All these traditions point to the presence of the knowledge of the atom and atomic energy.
we saw uptill now, that the smallest living thing is also Siva-lingam, and the smallest nonliving thing is also Siva-lingam. Let us now see the biggest, because Siva is said to be the smallest as well as the biggest because Siva is said to be the smallest as well as the biggest. Some great mountains are shaped like lingam e.g. Sivaneri. The biggest mountain of the world, Himalayas looks like Siva-lingam. Why talk of only mountains?
The biggest Planetary Nebula and Extra-Galactic Nebula look like Sivalingam. Siva is described as the biggest of the big and Jyotirmaya; if you look at the picture of a Nebula, you will realize how correct is the description. If We consider the whole Universe, it is also like Siva-lingam. Einstein has rightly said that a straight line is not straight, if extended to infinity, it forms an oblong. The universe is an oblong, Salunka is also an oblong. Galaxy mass is 2500 light years in heights. Our sages recognized all these facts and depicted in Siva-lingam, this tradition is still followed strictly by Hindus though the reason behind is forgotten.
Now you must have realized that our sages had studied thoroughly the minute and the enormous, living and nonliving, stars and universe, and found out the ultimate energy is only one but has many manifestations. Studying completely that supreme energy the sages prepared a model for the students to study it and for the ordinary people to worship it. The symbol of that energy is Siva-lingam and the energy is Siva himself.
Our ancestors had done a great work but as the time passed, the real meaning was lost, leaving behind the traditions and literature which we can study. It is our duty to study the whole of the ancient literature which we can study. It is our duty to study the whole of the ancient literature and traditions to revitalize the knowledge. I am sure by this way we can make advance in the scientific progress and India can once again, show the light of knowledge to the world.
Courtesy Shri Hariharan Veer Shivadas.
A excellent article by
Shri Hariharan Veer Shivadas
Author Director of Operations Gandhi Foundation USA.
A must read article for any one who wants to know the wisdom of great Hindu saints and rishi's.
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