|If we look to
the original meaning of Aryan, which is pure or noble, calling Shiva unaryan merely refers
to his fierce or terrible traits like his matted hair, his garland of snakes, and his
retinue of ghosts.
Shiva is not the form of
God who represents ideal or noble traits, which is usually the role of Vishnu, but the
form of God who represents transcendence of all dualities. Yet Indra is also to be viewed
in this same light.
Indra and Shiva share yet many other traits. Indra and
Shiva are both called the dancer and are associated with music and song. The letter of the
Sanskrit alphabet come forth from Shiva's drum. Indra in the Vedas is called the
bull of the chants, and all songs go to him like rivers to the sea. Shiva is
identified in Tantric though with the vowels of the alphabet.