Shiva is pervasive in this entire creation. Every living being is also a part of Shiva. Basically all the religious sects of the world are worshiping Shiva. Just because of different language, province, dress, everyone looks different.
Shiva pervades this entire creation. Every living being is also a part of Shiva. Basically all the religious sects of the world are worshiping Shiva. Just because of different language, province, dress, everyone looks different. The area of Rishi-Muniyon, who were promoting Shiva worship, was at various places in the world, where Shiva worship became famous by various names.
Shiva has 7 disciples who are considered to be the early Saptarishis. It is these sages who propagated the knowledge of Shiva all over the earth, due to which different religions and cultures were born. The names of his disciples are- Brihaspati, Vishalaksha, Shukra, Sahasraksha. , Mahendra, Prachetas Manu and Bharadwaj. Apart from this, there was also the 8th Gaurashiras Muni.
Shiva the center of all religions
The presence of Shiva can be clearly seen in the Mushrik, Yazidi, Sabin Subi and Abrahamic religions of Arabia. Pagan was the main religion of Central Asia before Islam. According to the belief, this religion was a branch of Hinduism in which Shiva was Worship was prominent. Excavations of many ancient civilizations of Central Asia including the Indus Valley have found a Shiva linga or an idol of Nandi which is evidence that the worship of Lord Shiva was prevalent throughout Asia.
Shiva in Jainism
Lord Rishabhdev, the first Tirthankara of Jainism, is considered to be Shiva while Hindus consider him as the eighth incarnation of Vishnu. Both Shiva and Rishabhnath have similarities in their dress and philosophy of life. Many evidences can be gathered regarding this that both Lord Shiva and Rishabhanatha were one and the same.
Shiva in Buddhism
Professor CS Upasak, an internationally renowned scholar of Buddhist literature, believes that Shankar was born in the form of Buddha. Referring to the 27 Buddhas mentioned in the Pali texts, he said that among them 3 names of Buddha are very ancient – Tanankar, Shanankar and Meghankar. There will be many similarities between Shaivism and Buddhism. In ancient times, Buddhist and Shiva temples were jointly built.
Sikhism and Shiva
Sikh and Shiva are one. One Omkar Satnam. Sikhism is a great example of the Guru Shishya tradition of Shaivism. The words Shri and Kaal have significance in Sikhism. Shiva is called Kaal Purush and Mahakal. He is the One and is the doer of all. What is the relation of Sikh with Kali and Shiva, nothing to say.
Islam and Shiva
Some Islamic scholars consider Lord Shiva to be the first prophet, but Hindus do not believe so. According to the Hindus, in ancient times only Shiva was worshiped in the Kaaba, the holy place of Mecca. Historian PN Oak has also disclosed in his book that Sang-e-Aswad is a Shivling. Although it is difficult to say how true this is. There is a lot of similarity between the customs of performing Hajj and pilgrimage and Shaivism and Islam.
Jesus Christ and Shiva
According to Swami Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the book ‘The Second Coming of Christ: – The Resurrection of Christ within you’, written on Jesus Christ, the name Isa was given to Jesus by three Indian scholars. It is done for the sake of it. Some scholars associate Christ with Krishna.
Zoroastrianism and Shiva
Iran was called the country of Parsya in ancient times. Its residents are considered to be of Atri clan. Atri Rishi was a great devotee of Lord Shiva, who had a son named Dattatreya. The Atri people crossed the Indus and went to Paras, where they performed the Yagya. It was because of the Attris that Zoroastrianism, the religion of fire worshipers, was initiated. When Zarathustra gave a system to this religion, the name of this religion became ‘Zarathustra’ or ‘Zorabian religion’.
Preacher of shiva
Apart from his 7 disciples, the tradition of Lord Shankar was carried forward by Nandi, Kartikeya, Bhairavnath etc. Apart from this, Veerabhadra, Manibhadra, Chandis, Nandi, Shangi, Bhrigiriti, Shail, Gokarna, Ghantakarna, Baan, Ravana, Jai and Vijay also propagated Shaivism. The biggest name in this tradition comes from Adiguru Dattatreya. After Dattatreya, the names of Adi Shankaracharya, Matsyendranath and Guru Guru Gorakhnath are prominently taken.
Ancient Civilizations and Shiva
Statue of Shiva is found in ancient civilizations around the world. The figures of Nandi and Shiva are inscribed on the coins found of the Indus Valley Civilization. Huna and Kushan kings were great devotees of Lord Shiva. The Kushan king had first got the marks of Shiva and the river on his royal currency. Shaivism was at its zenith during the Gupta period.