order to eradicate the three fold taint, viz., Karanika, Maya and
Anava, the individual soul has to take Diksha, and done at the right
time, he becomes pure. It prescribes eight aids Astavaranas for the
protection and guidance of aspirant, and when followed strictly, he
becomes fit to search for Truth. In addition to his adherence to the
eight aids, like the Guru, Linga, Jangama, Padodaka, Prasada, Bhasma,
Rudraksha and Mantra, he is enjoined to implement Brtyacara and
Ganacara. Strict adherence to these accelerates his progress and
ends with the disappearance of Anga individual self and gets united
with the Linga, the universal self. The final union of Anga with the
Linga is materialised with steadfast devotion, which evolves through
six stages. Thus Virasaivism accords highest
importance to the moulding of noble and divine life. Through Bhakti,
gnana and kriya, the aspirant realises the Supreme Reality. Above
all, Virasaivism never preaches nor counsels renouncing of the
world, but lays utmost importance to the development of right ideals
and pure living for achieving social equality and spiritual freedom.
Though the state of Karnataka is its strong hold, it spread to far
off states, particularly to Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh and is
still commanding huge following.
as liquid takes the shape of the container, Lord Siva too appears in
several forms, depending upon the angle of vision of the viewers.
But Siva is Siva non-pariel in all. Would the fragrance of the ROSE
differ with its daubing in colours various?