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MYSTICISM OF THE DANCE
cosmic dance is an integral part of Saivism, and so a brief
elucidation is deemed a necessity here. The indefatigable labours of
devout scholars, who dived deep into the ocean of Saiva Philosophy
aided and abetted by the toilsome probe made into by the art critics
of both east and west have thrown up certain eternal truths that
expound the import and purport of the cosmic dance of Lord Siva.
Their findings infer that Siva is the King of dancers and His Cosmic
dance has an esoteric significance as it is imbued with mysticism of
to the origin they say that the world itself is the theatre for Lord
Siva to demonstrate 108 varieties of dance therein. And among them
nine are deemed very important and popular. Great exponents inspired
by the writings of Bharatamuni, the founder have given detailed
accounts of this in their treatises. It is said in Somastavaraja
that "The three worlds are but the dancing hall of God Siva.
The king of dancers is the Supreme Siva Himself. The audience,
actors and the stage are all evolved by the Lord from His own self
in association with Ins consort Sakti or Uma".