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Shiva: The Wild God of Power and Ecstasy

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Author: Storl Ph.D., Wolf-DieterBrand: Inner TraditionsEdition: IllustratedBinding: PaperbackFormat: IllustratedNumber Of Pages: 312Release Date: 14-09-2004Details: Product Description To his devotees Shiva is the entire universe and the core of all beings. Hindu myth shows him appearing at the beginning of creation as a giant pillar of fire from which this world...

Author: Storl Ph.D., Wolf-Dieter

Brand: Inner Traditions

Edition: Illustrated

Binding: Paperback

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 312

Release Date: 14-09-2004

Details: Product Description To his devotees Shiva is the entire universe and the core of all beings. Hindu myth shows him appearing at the beginning of creation as a giant pillar of fire from which this world sprang forth. Yet he is also the most approachable of gods, for he is the lover of lovers and the devotee of his devotees. Of the 1,008 names of Shiva, Pashupati, Lord of Animals, is one of the most common. His special relation to animals along with his trickster nature reveal the deep connection of Shiva to shamanism and other gods such as the Norse Odin and the Celtic Cernunnos that came out of the Paleolithic traditions. Ethnologist Wolf-Dieter Storl was first captivated by Shiva when he was in India as a visiting scholar at Benares Hindu University. In this book he invites readers to join in the lively and mythical world of Shiva, or Mahadev, God of All Gods. Shiva is a study in contrasts: As the lord of dance he looses himself in ecstatic abandon; with his consort Parvati he can make love for 10,000 years. Both men and women worship him for his ability to unite and balance masculine and feminine energies. But as the ascetic Shankar he sits in deep meditation, shunning women, and none dare disturb him lest he open his third eye and immolate the entire universe. Lord of intoxicants and poisons, he is the keeper of secret occult knowledge and powers, for which he is worshipped by yogis and demons alike. Shiva dances both the joy of being and the dance of doom--but in every aspect he breaks through the false ego to reveal the true self lying within. This is his true power. Review “An intimate portrait of Shiva, that most complex of Hindu Gods. Reading this book is like finding an oasis in the desert of monotheism.” ― Claudia Mueller-Ebeling, Ph.D., and Christian Rätsch, Ph.D., coauthors of Shamanism and Tantra “Discusses the roots and the manifestations of Shiva, the original mystic, and his relevance to modern life in both the East and the West. This book will amuse, shock, and, most important, provoke readers to think about their own cherished conceptions of the world.” ― John R. Baker, professor of anthropology and translator of The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants, “An encyclopedic and highly inspiring account of Shiva.” ― Franz-Theo Gottwald, Ph.D., philosopher and Indologist "This thorough, academic book will interest students of comparative religions, Eastern philosophies." ― Kathy Heckler, New Age Retailer, Trends 2005 Vol. 19, No. 3 “In Shiva, Storl creates a vibrant and comprehensive portrait of this omnipresent wild god.” ― Spirit of Change, July/August 2005 “Wolf-Dieter Storl expertly traces the history of the lore of Shiva through the influences of invading cultures and religions, and relates a wide variety of seemingly diverse influences to Shiva’s story such as the Celtic Christian legend of the Holy Grail. As engaging and entertaining as he is informational, Storl opens the reader’s eyes to Hindu culture and religion as though one is a tourist traveling the land for the first time.” ― Spirit of Change, July/August 2005 Synopsis To his devotees, Shiva is the entire universe and the core of all beings. Hindu myth shows him appearing at the beginning of creation as a giant pillar of fire from which this world sprang forth. Yet he is, also, the most approachable of gods, for he is the lover of lovers and the devotee of his devotees. Of the 1,008 names of Shiva, Pashupati, Lord of Animals is one of the most common. His special relation to animals, along with his trickster nature, reveal the deep connection of Shiva to shamanism and other gods such as the Norse Odin and the Celtic Cernunnos that came out of the Palaeolithic traditions. Shiva first captivated ethnologist, Wolf-Dieter Storl, when he was in India as a visiting scholar at Benares Hindu University. In this book, he invites readers to join in the lively and mythical world of Shiva or Mahadev, God of all Gods. Shiva is a study in contrasts:

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