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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 18 Siva is depicted usually in LINGAMor in the dance formNataraja. Lingam is often described as a fallic symbol. This is not how Shevas think of it (SHaivism). The origin of the symbolwell the gods were debating who was the greatest godBrahma, Visnu, Sivathen someone said lets test this out Im going to appearif you can find the top and bottom of who I am.then Ill be defeated and we can discuss how is the superior god. Siva came as a shining pillar, in Tirva SOMETHING. This is supposed to be siteVisnu was supposed to go down and see how deep it ishe kept digging (Remember his incarnation as bull). Brahman Brahman lied that he saw the top of the pillar and that[s why hes not depicted in temples). Very famous temple is Banares called Viswana Taraka ultimately gods get what they want. NIRGUNA BRAHMAN going to overlap with our discussion about our path of knowledge. What we achieve in the path of devotion is by the grace of Godswhat do you get by practicing the path of...
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2011 for the course RELG 348 taught by Professor Sharma during the Spring '10 term at McGill.
- Spring '10