How Shiva Overcame Lust

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These two eyes can only perceive that which is physical. The third eye is an inward-focused eye, your lustfulness, your desiring nature, never ever stood outside.

It only stood inside. lust means it creates a sense of incompleteness within you, and a longing for something. When we say Shiva, the word ‘Shiva’ has become synonymous with the third eye.

The third eye, what it means is, these two eyes are to look outside. These two eyes are capable of showing you the physicality of Existence.

These two eyes can only perceive that which is physical. The third eye is an inward-focused eye, it’s not going to open up upon your forehead. The third eye is an inward-looking eye. But you have heard stories, Shiva opened his eyes and he burnt the Kama.

In India, there is a God of love and lust called the Kama. The Kama means lust, which you don’t like to face it head-on, so you make it love because you need some aesthetic to it. So he hides behind a tree and shoots an arrow at Shiva’s heart.

It hits him and Shiva gets a little disturbed. Then he sees it’s kama that is, it’s his own lust coming up. Then he opened up his third eye, a fiery eye, and burnt kama. He was hiding behind the tree, but he was burned into ashes. Then Shiva took the ashes of this burned kama and smeared himself that “I’ve put this thing to rest for good”.

That is the general story told to the people. But you tell me, your lust arises within you or behind the tree? No, you may go behind the tree – that’s another matter. (Laugh and Applauds). But where does it arise, within you? Desire is not hanging outside.

It is not because a beautiful woman or a beautiful man is sitting there your desire comes. Because of the desire, the kama is within you. So he opened his third eye and burnt the kama within himself, not the one who is standing outside.

Because he never, ever, stood outside. Please look at this and see, your lustfulness, your desiring nature, never ever stood outside. It only stood inside. So he opened his third eye, not this way, inward.

Then he saw this lustfulness, which essentially means that some aspects are built into you, which makes you feel incomplete. So you think you will find completion only by going towards something or somebody.

Lust is not just about the opposite sex, shopping is lust because you have to go towards something, only then life will be complete. Every desire is lust because without that I cannot exist. I want that because only when I have that, this will be complete.

It may be a thing, it may be a position, it may be power, it may be sexuality, it doesn’t matter what it is – essentially, lust means it creates a sense of incompleteness within you, and a longing for something that it makes you feel, “If you don’t have that you are not complete.” So he decides to burn the kama within himself.

He burned the kama, and then, instead of sweat, ash oozed of the pores of his body, this is the yogic story. The common story told to the public is he was hiding behind the tree, and he burnt him, opened his eyes and burnt him, and then he took that ash and smeared himself.

The yogic dimension of the story is, kama arose within him, he opened his third eye, burnt him and then ash slowly oozed out of his body clearly showing him, everything is laid to rest. Everything that you know as yourself should die.

When I say death, it’s not physical death which is a problem. The question is losing everything that you know as me right now – your personality, your identity. Once you learn to be an individual beyond physiological and psychological formats, that means you are for good.

This is what living death means. So if you know how to be an individual still, without physiological and psychological format, you are living death. If you are living dead, you are eternal in your existence.

It is time that you become living death so that you live eternally. But there is a certain dimension of consciousness, which can go beyond time. Yama came to claim his life, Markandeya who knew the ways of life just did one simple act.

They say he continues to live as a fifteen-year-old, because he came in touch, with that dimension of consciousness which you refer to as Kalabhairavi.

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