& Shiva are normally represented
as shown above in Hindu temples.
It is seen that
has many faces,
representing one who lives life in highest awareness and
one who is always in the mode of creation. Therefore, Brahma represents
the power of Creation.
is shown above
sheltered by the
means 'the remaining' and
In ancient times, the snake
used to symbolize energy or power. The snake moves in a wave-like
manner. In science, the wave is used to represent energy. During the
dark ages, however, the knowledge that the snake
(naag) is a
symbol for energy became lost.
(snake) refers to energy and
refers to the remaining power that
beyond the powers of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Above, it is shown that
adorns a snake with a raised hood around the neck.
This represents power in an awakened state.
represents the power of
change. Here, change refers to those changes taking place within and
without. The changes we feel within the body in the form of lightness
and heaviness, pain and pleasure, comfort and discomfort etc...,
represent the power of Shiva. Concentrating on the changes within our
body through the practice of Kriyayoga is the real worship of Shiva
which awakens Divine powers within. Awakening of the Divine powers
enable the devotee to create, preserve and bring about changes in self
as well as in any creation of Cosmos. This is the state of being one
with the powers of Brahma (Creation), Vishnu (Preservation) and Shiva
With the sincere and devoted
practice of Kriyayoga, the devotee also becomes One with the power
beyond Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, which is attainment of Liberation
(removal of ignorance). At this stage, the devotee realizes true nature
of Self as Immortal, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient Consciousness -
One with God.