The meaning of Shiva Ling or Lingam has become a subject of controversy in recent times. We can find traces of Phallus or Shiva Lingam worshipers in the Rig Veda which is the oldest scripture of Hinduism, however we read that the ancient Aryans were hostile towards these worshipers. Rig Veda 7.
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Lingam is additionally found in Sanskrit texts with the meaning of "evidence, proof" of God and God's existence. Lingam, states Monier Monier-Williamsappears in the Upanishads and epic literaturewhere it means a "mark, sign, emblem, characteristic". The lingam of the Shaivism tradition is a short cylindrical pillar-like symbol of Shiva, made of stone, metal, gem, wood, clay or disposable material.
By controlling the mundane desires, even the most bestial of beings can rise and conquer the World. Coupled with full zeal and enthusiasm after establishing absolute control over ones sexual urges Bare it all and Human Being is no different than an animal except for his thinking prowess.
A view that lingam means the penis or phallus and the Shivalingam represents phallus and that the Shiva bhakta, devotee Hindus are phallus worshippers is increasingly gaining ground among the Indian intelligentsia. It has direct relationship with the spread of English education and corresponding erosion of knowledge of Sanskrit in India. The Sanskrit word for penis or phallushowever is Shishna.
Glossary of words Hinduism Spirituality Inner meanings explained L Shiva Lingam the erect penis Shiva Lingam the erect penis Shiva Lingam is symbolic of the creative power of the universe. By controlling the mundane desires, even the most bestial of beings can rise and conquer the World. Coupled with full zeal and enthusiasm after establishing absolute control over ones sexual urges
The Linga has different meanings — shapeless, without organs, long drum like, etc…. Shiva being worshipped as Linga means the Consciousness in its primordial form…where Consciousness is entering into the Eternal Energy Shakti …the yoni. Thus shivalinga is the state of god, just before the manifestation of Universe, a little before big bang.
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Today is Shivaratri, a Hindu holiday in India which is celebrated as the wedding day of Shiva and his wife Parvati. For every Hindu temple, this is the day of the biggest Shiva worship of the year. Many of you will already know that Shiva is worshipped in the form of Shivling or Shiva Lingam, a penis-shaped statue.