Bhagwan Shiva is one of the most powerful and mesmerizing Hindu deities. Worshipped by over 1/6th of the world population, Bhagwan Shiva is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient.
Shiva has many aspects, benevolent as well as fearsome. In benevolent aspects, he is depicted as an omniscient Yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash as well as a householder with his wife Parvati and his two children, Ganesha and Kartikeya. In his fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons. Shiva is also known as Adiyogi Shiva, regarded as the patron god of yoga, meditation and the arts.
Almost all gods radiate light. Light is everywhere. It is the symbol of life-giving power and of joy. However, do you know what is eternal in this world? It is Darkness. It is everywhere. Light is temporary because any source of light – whether a tube light or a massive star – will eventually lose its ability to give out light. Light is not endless. It is always a restricted possibility because it occurs and it ends. Darkness is a much stronger possibility than light. Nothing needs to burn; it is always – it is eternal. Darkness is everywhere. It is the only thing that is universal.
Bhagwan Shiva is the god of darkness.
What is the uniqueness of Shiva? He is divine darkness. He is darkness; he is nothingness, and that’s why he is the Universe.
Only nothingness can carry everything. Anything, even light, can never carry everything. A bottle cannot hold a ship (sorry, Jack Sparrow). This planet can carry an ocean, but it cannot carry our sun. Our solar system can have these few planets and the sun, but it cannot carry the rest of the milky way. If you move up the universe like this, eventually, you will see it is only a void that can hold everything. This void that can hold everything is Bhagwan Shiva.