Strange it sounds
that this Supreme he has eight such august forms. They alone
are responsible to prove his existence and glorify his infinitude.
What are they? They are no other than the earth, water, Air,
Fire and Ether, the five elements and to add to these, the Moon,
representing the collective mind, the Sun representing the
collective Vignana and finally ahankara collective arrogance, born
of performing all beneficent yagna samisti satkarma yagnahankara.
Though Siva is invisible, these eight murthis are partly visible to
the mortal eyes but totally perceptible to the sensory organs.
They have movement, growth besides ever changing power. They
are conscious eternally, moving uninterruptedly, growing continuosly
and changing ceaselessly. These qualities are quite
perceivable and common to all the eight forms. This apparent
eternal consciousness unmistakably signifies his presence; and is a
standing proof of his Omnipotence, and Omnipervasiveness.
Aren't we recognising the presence of any individual by his physical
appearance filling the space with in his mortal frame?
Whatelse registers one's existence, if not his physical occupation
of space? Is not Siva establishing his supremacy by his
ubiquity? He is present everywhere and lo! at the same
time too. And in everything at it. With whatelse the
theists prove his omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence and
Omnibenevolence, if not with apparent, visible, perceptible evidence
starting into the eyes. What wrong is there, if authors
expounded this truth through the mouth of a five summer old lad
called Prahalad and confirmed the fact of existence of God even in
an immovable, inanimate wooden pillar? Aren't the scriptures
dining at the ears of humans ceaselessly that God is present
everywhere, and is the wielder of worlds and cause of cosmos first