The Symbolic Meaning of Lord Shiva and Parvati

Shiva and Parvati

Shiva is the most powerful of the three Gods in the Hindu Trimurti and also the most complex. He is typically found in peaceful meditation, yet is known as “the destroyer.”

The Gods in Hindu myth relate to certain aspects of human nature. From Shiva and his consort Parvati, you can learn about  your destructive qualities and the ability to overcome addictions, bad habits and negative attitudes.

Because of his destructive nature, Shiva is also known as the God of War, the wrathful avenger and the herdsman of “souls”. In esoteric symbolism, the term “soul” is code for the subconscious mind. When you change the programs of your subconscious you can change habits that do not serve you. 

Whatever Shiva dissolves is recreated by his consort Parvati, the goddess of love, fertility and devotion. Together they make a formidable couple. When you invoke the qualities Shiva and Parvati reveal, it enables you to adopt new behaviours and leads to personal transformation.

Lord Shiva is an unpredictable God. Although he can appear tranquil, he easily flies into fits of rage, impulsive acts and, at times, can be callous. Yet he is considered the most powerful of the Gods in the Hindu Pantheon. Brahma and Vishnu come to realise this in the story of the shiva linga – the Universal energy of life that has no beginning and no end.

The principle power of Shiva comes from helping you realise your true self by destroying the aspects of your character and belief systems that no longer serve you.

Shiva may be known as the destroyer in ancient symbolism, but he is also associated with fertility, thus represents death and rebirth, the process of personal transformation.

When you meditate on your experiences in life to identify repressed emotions, use the innate powers that are represented by Shiva, and you will dissolve your weaknesses and create the strengths of character you need to better yourself in all aspects of your life.

And by applying the magical essence of his consort Parvati every day, you have the ability to grow and improve your life in productive and enjoyable ways.

The ability to invoke the powers of Shiva and Parvati are particularly relevant for destroying bad habits and addictions – the hardest challenges you face in life.

Shiva and Parvati in Hindu Mythology

There are many lessons to learn from the personifications of Shiva and Parvati in Hindu myth. But as I will explain, the most important is to recognise your faults and resolve yourself to change.

Shiva is essentially an ascetic, a devote worshipper that sacrifices worldly pleasures in search of divine knowledge. Because of this we often see Shiva in deep meditation.

statue of shiva and shakti/parvati

In one ancient myth, the Universe is consumed by demons and the only person that can save the Gods is Shiva. But the God of War refuses to help. An oracle tells the Gods that only a son of Shiva could expel the demons.

Shakti, Shiva’s first consort who killed herself in the Yagna fire, reincarnated herself as Parvati. After years of patience and devotion she won the heart of Shiva.

However, before Shiva accepted Parvati as his bride, she spent years serving him and learning to possess the same powers as Shiva.

Parvati is eventually transformed from a dark-skinned servant that sweeps the floor of Shiva’s cave, into an exotic golden-skinned beauty.

Ancient Symbolism of Shiva

Shiva is mostly associated with a serpent, a necklace of skulls, a trident and a third eye he uses for enveloping his enemies into a ball of flame.

The symbol of the serpent appears in all cultures around the world and has done for thousands of years – sometimes in the form of snakes and dragons.

Scholars say the serpent essentially represents wisdom. On a deeper level, mythological serpents represent the attaining of wisdom by adopting new ways of life with which you reprogram your subconscious mind.

Shiva’s infamous eye in the centre of his forehead represents the Ajna chakra, the third eye chakra, or as it is commonly known, the mind’s eye which you can use to visualise the person you want to be.

Shiva 3rd eye

The mind’s eye is more powerful than it is often given credit for. Knowing how to utilise its power in meditation can make a significant impact on your life.

When I upgrade subconscious programs to dissolve weaknesses or ignorance, I visualise what I want to abandon in word form and imagine setting it on fire. I then replace the old program with a new program by way of an affirmation.

If you do this whilst meditating on the solar plexus chakra which is a bright orange ball of fire (you can also combine this visualisation with the sacral chakra) for three days, you should notice a difference in your attitude and outlook.

You can use this solar plexus meditation I devised to help you. Let me know how you get on.

Learning to meditate can be difficult if you are trying it on your own. But a one-hour session with Master Mind Content will soon fix that! Our online meditation class is all you need to learn the essential techniques. We even teach you some guided meditations you can use and explain what you are likely to experience as a newcomer to meditation. Our aim is to manage your expectations and teach you how to meditate properly.

1 Comment
  1. thesmilingpilgrim 3 years ago

    Some very cool symbolism in indias faiths 🙂

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