Lord Shiva is one of the prime elements of life. He completes the spectacular triumvirate of Hinduism with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu.
It is believed that Shiva was the first yogi who walked on this earth and hence the title‘Adiyogi’ was bestowed upon him. A majority of people identify Shiva as a fierce God who destroys the entire universe with his third eye and ‘Tandava’.
However, the true enchantment of Shiva is much different than the commonly floating assumptions and wrong beliefs.
One of the most entrancing forms of Shiva is the ‘Natesha’ or the ‘Nataraja’ form. The hidden meaning of this form of Shiva goes deep into the world of science. A lot of Shiva paintings and sculptures depicting Shiva in this Nataraja form areavailable in the market.
The dance Shiva is performing is known as the cosmic dance, which directly connects with the formation and annihilation of the universe. Moving on, Shiva is known to not only discover but also to provide a thorough understanding of what our body is capable of doing.
We all know how useful Yogic science is. The entire world today celebrates International Yoga day on 21stJune and there is no doubt that India is believed to be the true origin of this astonishing practice.
But do you know from where it actually came to Indian culture? Shiva, the Adiyogi, recognized approximately 84000 stances that the human body can take and sifts them into 84 postures that in modern times are known as the Yogasanas.
Shiva and Yogasanas
One mind-boggling detail about Shiva’s Nataraja form is that CERN, the illustrious physics laboratory in the world is known to keep a statue of Natesha form at its entrance.
This is so because CERN knows the true significance of Shiva’s cosmic dance posture. Shiva doesn’t stop at the 84 yogasanas but he also gives away the floating verbalisation to these practices.
For instance, if one performs these stances with a conscious environment, it is termed as ‘asana’.Also, if the same postures are accomplished with a poetic charm, it is known as ‘classical dance’.
Shiva was the true yogi as he performed all these asanas to find out their impact on thebody. Later on, writers, artists, and experts tried to understand these postures and their influences on the human body to bind it together as a system.
This is why a lot of corporate offices and even the big MNCs have the Shiva paintings of him performing the cosmic dance or have a sculpture in Natesha form.
India and the art forms
Ask any westernerwhat is the most sacred and spiritually alive place on earth and only one response will come; India. A lot of foreigners come to India owing to the rich art and cultural history of this great nation.
People are eventually understanding that the sole purpose of every soul is to liberate and meet its creator. For this, the entire cultural root needs a transformation into the spiritual form.
Art in India is not merely a form of entertainment but a way to attain spirituality in its maximum capability.
You will be astonished to know that if you practice certain stances of classical dance in a specific manner, a state of constant meditation can be accomplished. May be that is what Shiva’s cosmic dance is trying to tell us.
Another epic detail about Indian art form is that if a definite pattern of sound is aligned in the classical music, your body and the entire aura is purified and spiritualised.
Hence, it can be concluded that Indian art and music were primarilydeveloped for dissolving humans and not just for the pleasure.
Ancient India saw the rich utilisation of these asanas in classical art forms, but with materialistic elements captivating the interest of humans, these impeccable practices got lost in time.
Shiva offered us the real wealth of human life and the secret to attain a higher level of consciousness by Yoga and dance. This is what a lot of artists try to depict in the Shiva paintings canvas.
Hinduism and India have a lot to offer to the world. Shiva, the ultimate destroyer, also holds prowess in yogic science.
His Nataraja posture is believed to be the ultimate stance of attaining the highest form of consciousness. After all, the ultimate objective of humans is to accomplish Mukti or what we know as ‘salvation’ and Shiva offered us the ultimate key to that door.