Lord Shiva, Parvati and the Shiva Linga

dsc00958A year ago I was in India and took this photo of Lord Shiva, his consort Parvati and a small Shiva Linga which is in the centre foreground.  Yesterday’s post about libido brought to mind many such Shiva Linga carvings seen during my wanderings in India.  The Shiva Linga has a raised nub at the centre of a circle which has a narrow channel that rises towards the centre.  The protrusion of the Shiva Linga is a representation of the lingam, a penis.  The circle with entryway is the yoni, the uterus and vagina.  The entryway is often depicted with a kundalini serpent moving upwards to the lingam.  The lingam in the yoni, yin and yang, the holy union of the masculine and the feminine.

Jung has refered to this holy union as the “mysterium coniunctionis”.

Libido, the energy of the self and the universe.  It gets confused with sex.  But, it is embodied in the physical relationship between male and female as well as the pyschic relationship between the conscious and unconscious, the masculine energies and feminine energies within, with soul and spirit, with light and shadow.

2 thoughts on “Lord Shiva, Parvati and the Shiva Linga

  1. J’aime beaucoup cet article en “écho”. Je voudrais que plus de lecteurs de mon blog te lisent car je trouve ton blog vraiment remarquable. Je pense que je vais te mettre dans ma liste le liens “belles rencontres”car je crois que ces paresseux descendent rarement la colonne jusqu’aux jungiens. Tu pourrais peut-être installer un traducteur sur ton blog ? Amitiés.


    • L’écho est intentionnel. Quand je réponds je le fait en écoutant les paroles d’autres. Comme ça qu’on a une conversation authentique.


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