The Tandav Nritya of Shiva is meant to free you from all the conditioning, all the images, all the attractions and repulsions that keep you rooted to the understanding that you are an individual different, and not the same as everybody else. So if you are ready to embrace the dancing Shiva, then you are free, if you are not, then you are not free.
Look inside our mind and you will see that we have hundreds of images and it is because of these images that we get hurt, our ego goes up, we have all the problems, everything! I believe that I am an intelligent man, now somebody pricks it by telling me that you are a bloody fool, I am terribly upset. Why? Because I have created an image that I am an intelligent man.
They say Adinath dances his Tandav Nritya. When he balances his Tandav Nritya, he destroys images. He explodes all the images that we have created and without that nothing new can come up. Like death destroys the distraction of the old and the stratified and the calcified and the fossilized!
Every practitioner of spiritual exercises should keep in mind -that when you practice and go deeper and deeper, all the tendencies that have been hidden in your subconscious mind till now-bottled up – they will all come to the surface. That is the poison. That is where you might get some help from a teacher, who knows how to handle it, otherwise, everything can go berserk.
Shivaratri, traditionally, is supposed to be the day when Samudra Manthan was done and the poison came out.
You know that story of the churning of the ocean-the Manthan- and when the churning took place, first a very powerful poison called ‘hala hala visha’ is supposed to have come out and it would have enveloped the world but for the fact that Shiva was supposed to have drunk it up.
It stopped in his throat so it became blue, so He is called Neelkant.
This is a fact which is applicable to all yogis, not only to Shiva.
When you churn your mind in meditation, which means, when you delve deeper and deeper into the layers of your mind, the first thing that comes out is not Amrit. The first thing that comes out is poison, because, that’s the only way it can come out and disappear, which is why, many people who start the practice of sadhana, after a while, give up sadhana and take on to other things because that poison has come out.
The Devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket.
The friend said to the devil, “What did that man pick up?”
“He picked up a piece of Truth,” said the Devil.
“That is a very bad business for you, then,” said his friend.
“Oh, not at all,” the devil replied, “I am going to let him organize it.”
(Would it be truth anymore?)
A rabbi is kneeling in front of the altar.
“God, I am nothing and you are everything”, he says.
The cantor sees him and he kneels down and says,
“God, I am nothing and you are everything”.
The assistant rabbi sees them and he too does the same thing.
The janitor sees them and is so moved that he too kneels down and says, “God, you are everything and I am nothing”.
The assistant rabbi nudges the cantor and says”Look who thinks he’s nothing”.
– Author unknown
Great master (Babaji) once talked about how three people went to Himalayas to meditate. They went up the snow clad Himalayas. Sat down with closed eyes and meditated. After one year, one of them opened his eyes. And he said, ‘It is quiet cold here’. Then he shut his eyes and went back into meditation. Another year passed. The second man opened his eyes, and said, ‘I think you are right’. Then closed his eyes and went back into meditation. Then the at end of the third year, the third man opens his eyes and says, ‘why don’t you two guys just shut up and meditate?’
“All the teachers say that spiritual treasure is something one finds alone. So why are we all here together?” asked a disciple of the Sufi master Nasrudin. “You are all here together because a forest is always stronger than a lone tree,” replied Nasrudin.
“The forest maintains the humidity in the air, it resists the hurricane, and it helps to make the soil fertile. But what makes a tree strong is its root, and the root of one plant cannot help another plant to grow. Working together towards the same end and allowing each one to grow in his own way, that is the path for those who wish to commune with God.”
If one understands that one is not the body but the inner self which is consciousness, then one begins to understand how to deal with sorrow. But unless and until some kind of sorrow comes, one does not realize the unreality of existence and wake up from it. Sorrow shakes one up. Happiness is some kind of a chloroform. It anesthetizes and puts one to sleep. It is like having one peg too many. Morning you wake up with a hangover.