In Devotion of Shiva
The devout spend the entire month of Sravana in the worship of Shiva, culminating in the Sravana Purnima on Raksha Bandhan day. Shiva is beyond the gunas, as His trident represents all three, sattva, rajas and tamas. The elephant skin attire indicates that he is beyond pride; the tiger skin symbolises his going beyond lust, and the snake around his neck represents wisdom and eternity. The Shivalinga signifies the basic principles of advaita: nondual, indivisible, non-doer, non-enjoyer, unattached, without qualities. The Shiva Mahima Stotra sees him as the Inexpressible Truth. The three-eyed Shiva’s blue-stained neck is a symbolic reminder of His capacity to remove poisons (the undesirable) from the world. The Yajur Veda describes Shiva as the master-yogi and the repository of knowledge. The Panchakshara Mantra, “Om Namah Shivaye”, is a timeless chant of the name of Shiva, the inscrutable-yet-easy-to-please Ashutosh.
To some Shiva is the embodiment of asceticism. In his fierce Rudra aspect, He is the God who releases men of bondage and wanders in cremation grounds. To others, he is the Universal Father, Bhole Baba, who blesses all without prejudice. Fritjof Capra views the Shiva tandava, the primordial dissolution and creation, as an allegory of the movement of sub-atomic particles, drawing parallels between Indian mysticism and nuclear physics. So, Shiva is anadi, with neither beginning nor end.