Lord Shiva has been a subject of discussion for a long time, whether it is for his attire, ornaments or his devotees. It is also said that Lord Shiva gets pleased very quickly and blesses everyone who comes to his refuge and worship him, be it Ravana or Rama. It is pronounced in our scriptures that whatever is in the outside world is also present in the inside world. His persona is nothing but a reflection of what lies inside. To make the masses aware of nuances of Lord Shiva, Shiv Katha was organized from 20th to 24th Sept’2019 by Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) at Fatehabad, Haryana. The program was organized by Sunam Branch by the Grace of His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji (Head and Convener of DJJS).
Sadhvi Divesha Bharti Ji, preacher disciple of Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, was the orator of the event. She explained that as per widespread knowledge, Tandavam is the divine dance performed by the Lord Shiva. This dance is perceived as the source of the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution. However, there is another dance form performed by Lord Shiva, which is mesmerizing at its core. Sadhvi Ji narrated the history of how this dance form came into existence.
Once the ‘Vemansha Rishis’ were sitting and performing the sacred ‘Yagya’. Suddenly, someone passed by them who had blissful aura. He was none other than Lord Shiva himself but unfortunately they could not recognize him, rather, they got insecure by his state of ultimate bliss. They decided to kill and destroy him. All the rishis used their knowledge to call a roaring tiger out of fire and threw it on Lord Shiva. However, that was not enough to disrupt the happy state of Lord Shiva. Smilingly, he held the tiger through his jaw, killed him and wrapped his skin around his body. Seeing this, the rishis got furious and chanted their mantras again, and there emerged a deadly venomous hissing snake from the fire. However, Mahadev took that snake in his hands and wore it like a beautiful ornament around his neck. Seeing this, the Vemanshas could not hold up their anger and now played their final shot. This time they called Apasmara demon. He attacked Shiva with full intensity. However, Mahadev still in the state of tranquility, broke the back of demon, jumped over him and started to dance. Shiva’s hands and feet were in graceful coordination. His each little move was the epitome of perfection. The whole cosmos was mesmerized by his postures. Gods and goddesses were awestruck by seeing the ecstasy of his postures. The last pose in which Lord Shiva froze is now world’s famous as the Natraj Mudra, the final posture of Shiva’s ‘Anand Tandav’.
Sadhvi Ji explained that this dance by Mahadev is metaphorical. Just like Vemansha rishis, our mind is always insecure, and therefore shoots tigers in the form of anger and ferocious situations on us. Or sometimes, it tosses snakes in the form of jealousy and poisonous circumstances on us. Also, the Apasmara demon signifies ignorance which doesn’t let us to realize our higher self. Through this dance, Lord Shiva teaches us that even in adverse situations; we need to know that art to convert our every defacement into an ornament, our every disgrace into a grace and our every weakness into our greatest strength.
Sadhvi Ji explained that in the current time, Sadguru Ashutosh Maharaj Ji has the power to convert our negatives into positives by imparting Brahm Gyan or divine knowledge to anyone who seeks knowledge. Shiv Katha aims to reach out to every individual in this world so that each can have a direct perception of God within. This is the only way to connect to one’s base and thereby make the soul stronger.