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Lingodbhav Shiva

Art and Culture

Lingodbhav Shiva

We cannot attain God through arrogance for God is omnipresent and omniscient...whatever we do good or bad, God is always watching us...

By Admin 12th Mar, 2012 12:11 pm

Once upon a time – the great Lord Vishnu was resting on Shesha Nag in the middle of the celestial Kshir Sagar deep in his yoga nidra...a kalpa had just ended...



Suddenly Brahma appeared and introduced himself to Vishnu as the Creator of the Universe. Lord Vishnu said that he was the Architect and the ‘palankarta’. Thus, started a dispute as to who was supreme – Brahma or Vishnu...In order to resolve the dispute, Lord Shiva appeared. He took the form of a cosmic column of fire and said that whoever – Vishnu or Brahma found the end of the column would be considered Supreme.


Both Brahma and Vishnu set out earnestly on their tasks. Brahma took the form of a swan and flew towards the top, Vishnu took the form of a boar (Varaha) and went towards the bottom. After substantial efforts, both of them realised that Shiva was infinite and they could not find the end. Vishnu decided to go and accept the truth...

However, Brahma did not want to accede... He started coming back but on his way met a ketaki flower. He requested the little flower to vouch for him – to vouch that he has indeed seen the end of the column of fire.



When Lord Shiva and Vishnu heard Brahma and ketaki’s story, they instantly knew that both were lying. Shiva was furious and cursed Brahma that he would not be worshipped on earth. He also cursed ketaki that she could never be used in worshipping Shiva since she had been an accomplice in Brahma’s lie.

From that day on, Shiva is worshipped as a lingam, signifying the endless cosmos...



The story reminds us that we cannot attain God through arrogance for God is omnipresent and omniscient...whatever we do – good or bad, God is always watching us...

 

Note: This story is a puranic tale and one form has been reproduced here.

 

Garima Chaudhry


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