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Shiva Nataraja

Nataraja Tandava is a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy a weary universe and make preparations for the god Brahma to re-start the process of creation. The Tandava (the violent and dangerous dance) is associated with the destruction of weary worldviews – weary perspectives and lifestyles.Thus Shiva Nataraja (Lord of the Dance) destroys in order to create, tearing down to build again


Shiva Nataraja

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Shiva and Parvati dancing

Shiva Tandava Stotram. Shiva Tandava Stotram (शिवताण्डवस्तोत्रम्) is a hymn of praise in the Hindu tradition that describes Shiva's power and beauty. Both the fourth and fifth quatrains of this hymn conclude with lists of Shiva's epithets as destroyer, even the destroyer of death itself.

The Hindu deity Shiva, portrayed as Lord of the Dance (Nataraja). Circa 950 CE. From Tamil Nadu, India.

Indian Bronze Buddha Statue: Lord of the Dance. Shiva Nataraja, India. Ca. early 1900s. Siva Nataraja in the sacred dance of universal creation and destruction. For all cycles, all mortal lives and civilizations, all universes come into existence and come to an end. It is Shiva as Nataraja, who ignites the dissolution and creation of the universe at the beginning and end of cycles. His dance is dynamic and uncontrollably wild as he moves through the 108 forms and movements.

Shiva~ Nataraja. Shiva dancing the world out of existence, crushing ignorance under his feet.

Fritjof Capra - Shiva's Cosmic Dance at CERN

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Nataraja, Lord of Dance

In his hands Shiva as Lord Nataraja holds a drum or dhamru that makes the final sound of death as well as the primeval vibrations of life. In his left hand Nataraja holds Agni, a fire that burns and destroys yet also illuminates and energizes. Around him is a fiery prahabhamandala, which is the great wheel of samsara filled with the infinite cycle of births and rebirths..

Gnostic Society Samael Aun Weor Gold Coast, Queensland

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Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja), ca. 11th century. Indian (Tamil Nadu). Chola period (880–1279) As a symbol, Shiva Nataraja combines in a single image Shiva's roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe and conveys the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of time.

Shiva The Destroyer. Shiva's most important dance is the Tandav. This is the cosmic dance of death, which he performs at the end of an age, to destroy the universe.

Poems written by Swami Vivekananda - Frank Parlato Jr.

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Shiva has many dances. His dance of anger is called the Roudra Tandava, and his dance of joy, the Ananda Tandava. He dances the dance of creation, the dance of destruction, and the dance of solace and liberation.

Brass Dancing 5 Faced Shiva Statue 27” This stunning statue of Shiva depicts him in a very rare form with 5 faces and 10 arms in ecstatic dance. Each of the faces has a name and represents a specific aspect. These five faces are Isana, Tatpurusa, Aghora, Vamadeva and Sadyojata. Isana faces south east and represents Iswara aspect of Shiva known as SadaShiva, or the Eternal Shiva.

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Shiva

BHO SHAMBHO: (Translation) Being from whom all graces flow, Shiva, self-born, Source of the Ganges, compassionate redeemer from this ocean of sorrows, Supreme being without attributes, Beyond this world of the senses and elements.Thou art the self form of supreme truth, Untouched by the fleeting world of existence, Extraordinary, endless, bestower of happiness, Wonderful, eternal lingam.

Nataraja

Shiva as Nataraja, the cosmic dancer representing the rythmic movement of the entire cosmos. "The Universe is a cosmic dance of energy and matter, engaged in ceaseless creation, destruction, and evolution. We are all part of that dance."~ Paul Harrison

Nataraja - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Nataraja- The Cosmic Dancer"

The God Shiva dancing with Parvati, the second wife of the former. Parvati is the highest Mother Goddess in Hindu religion from whom all Hindu goddesses were born and fill the universe. In an intimate and harmonious erotic and mystical dance, Shiva and Parvati are united to make the whole universe balanced and alive.

Fritzof Capra in his article "The Dance of Shiva: The Hindu View of Matter in the Light of Modern Physics," & later in the The Tao of Physics relates Nataraj's dance with modern physics. He says that "every subatomic particle not only performs an energy dance, but also an energy dance; a pulsating process of creation & destruction without end. As in Hindu mythology, it's a continual dance of creation & destruction involving the whole cosmos; the basis of all existence & all natural phenomena."

KRISHNA DAS: Om Namah Om Namah Shivaya. Shiva destroys harmful patterns and thoughts; creating room for healthy habits and behaviours. Personification of Consciousness

Om Namah Shivaya - Krishna Das

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Nataraj - Lord Shiva dancing

Stamp. Shiva Nataraja

Shrutam Deva - Devi and Shiva dancing and conversing

Uday Shankar and Simkie as Shiva and Parvati, 1937