The Forgotten Barber Who Saved Shivaji’s Life During the Escape From Panhalgad! Shivaji’s Swaraj would have been long lost in 1660, when General Siddhi Johar laid the siege of Panhalgad to capture the Maratha warrior. But the sacrifice of a barber, Shiva Kashid, foiled Johar’s attempt, saving Shivaji. The brave man, who gave his life so that Shivaji may live, was, in fact, the barber Shiva Kashid, who bore a striking resemblance to the Maharaj. This similarity was noticed by commander-in-chief Deshpande who first suggested the idea of using a body double as the last resort.
Knowing the fate of the man should he be caught, Shivaji was reluctant. But the barber bravely agreed for the suicidal mission. So he was dressed up like the warrior king and taken along with Shivaji on the secret route. #shivakashid#jaishivaji .
The cosmic dance of Lord Siva is for the welfare of the world. The object of His dance is to free the souls from the fetters of Maya, from the three bonds of Anava, Karma and Maya. He is not the destroyer but He is the regenerator. He is the Mangala Data and Ananda Data, bestower of auspiciousness and bliss. He grants boons quickly, for a little Tapas or a little recitation of His five letters.
‘Aghada Bhum’ is His song of dance. When Siva starts His dance Brahma, Vishnu, the Shiva Ganas and Kali with Her bowl of skull, join Him. Have you not seen the picture of Pradosha Nritya? It will give you an idea of the dance of Shiva.
Lord Shiva wears a deer in the left upper hand. He has trident in the right lower arm. He has fire and Damaru and Malu, a kind of weapon. He wears five serpents as ornaments. He wears a garland of skulls. He is pressing with His feet the demon Muyalaka, a dwarf holding a cobra. He faces south. Panchakshari itself is His body. Lord Shiva says: “Control the five senses which are hissing like serpents. The mind is jumping like a deer. Control the mind. Burn it in the fire of meditation. Strike it down with the Trisula of discrimination. You can attain me”. This is the philosophical significance of the picture of Lord Shiva.
You can witness the dance of Shiva in the rising waves of the ocean, in the oscillation of the mind, in the movements of the senses and the Pranas, in the rotation of the planets and constellations, in cosmic Pralaya, in epidemics of infectious diseases, in huge inundations and volcanic eruptions, in earthquakes, landslips, lightning and thunder, in huge conflagrations and cyclonic storm.
As soon as the Guna Samya Avastha, wherein the three Gunas exist in a state of equilibrium, is disturbed by the will of the Lord, the Gunas manifest and quintuplicating of elements takes place. There is vibration of Omkara or Sabda Brahman. There is manifestation of primal energy.
This is the dance of Shiva. The whole cosmic play or activity or Lila is the dance of Siva. All movements within the cosmos are His dance. He gazes on Prakrti and energizes her. #jaishivaji#shankara #bholenath🙏 #love#cosmic#cosmicdance