Shiva: Stories and Teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana

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by Vanamali

Shiva, the ancient and complex deity of the Hindu pantheon, has been portrayed in many contrasting lights: destroyer, ascetic and householder, wild demon slayer and calm yogi atop Mount Kailash. more details in product description

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by Vanamali

Shiva, the ancient and complex deity of the Hindu pantheon, has been portrayed in many contrasting lights: destroyer, ascetic and householder, wild demon slayer and calm yogi atop Mount Kailash. Drawing from the Hindu sacred text the Shiva Mahapurana-said to be written by Shiva himself-Vanamali selects the essential stories of Shiva, both those from his dark wild side and those from his benevolent peaceful side.

Integrating Shiva’s two sides, the fierce and the peaceful, Vanamali reveals that Shiva’s form depends on the needs of the devotee. Understanding his teachings allows one to see through the illusions at the root of all grief and alienation in  human life, for Shiva is the wielder of Maya who does not fall under its spell. While Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles, Shiva is the remover of tears.

Paper bound 229 pages 5 Appendixes, Index and Glossary