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Shiva‘s love games transform the entire Universe. The love between Shiva and Shakti makes the world move up and down. Shiva can see how his beloved devotees become yogis when they practice Hathayoga , as well as fascinating and seductive lovers, when they feel the ardent desire to make love with Shakti.”

Shiva Purana

In our article Bhakti and Shakti – Two important aspects for tantric lovers, we have discussed the relationship between faith, devotion and Creative Energy. We have introduced the concept of “androgyn”, which means the co-existence of masculinity and femininity within each one of us.

But every discussion about Shakti, the feminine principle in Tantra, leads us to its counter part Shiva the masculine principle in Creation. We will talk about Shiva, from a transcendent perspective. But for now we will briefly analyze the relationship between Shiva and Shakti, so that the reader will be able to recognize more easily the masculine principle within him or herself.

The Hindu terminology might seem extremely hard to understand at first, but with patience it will prove to be very useful.

Shiva signifies the Universal masculine principle that may be found inside a man as well as inside a woman. Ancient texts named him “The Great God” or “The Divine Immortal Principle”, Shiva’s symbol is the phallus.

The lingam represents a Great Spirit, the Universal Spirits in effervescence. The stimulus is Shakti- The Creative Energy that rotates round the cosmic erection of Shiva as an ocean of infinite variety, a true sea of sensations.

In Antiquity the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, as well as other people from the era B.C.E worshiped the phallus as the symbol of the masculine principle. Shiva represents the yogic archetype, the Absolute Master of any being on the path of spiritual evolution.

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The Shiva Principle is directly linked to the Eternal Spirit. In ancient mythology, Shiva was presented as “the one who Defeats Death”.

The whole universe is created from the union of two immutable principles that represent the masculine and feminine principles.

In Eastern iconography, Shiva is represented either as a lingam (a phallus), or as a lingam with a certain face, or as a column, or as a yogi sitting or standing with his erect lingam, or as an anthropomorphic representation with many arms.

Tantric works say that there is a lingam in each yoni. Anatomically speaking, this idea makes reference to the clitoris. When it is excited it is erect and reminds us of the inherent bisexuality of every woman.

Understanding Shiva’s transcendence allows one to perceive subtle worlds. During Tantric erotic games try to identify with Shiva’s extraordinary mental energy. This will give you a transcendent experience, which is a lot further than the limited world we live in.

Shiva has an understanding of the depth of space, penetrating into the infinite Universe, beyond all known or unknown things or events. A Hindu Tantric text, Shiva Samhita , says that “those who can experience Shiva’s principles are heroes, enterprising, free from sorrow and blind emotions, capable, perseverant, talented, happy, with a determined and disciplined mind.”

Transcendence can’t be known or perceived from a worldly point of view because, by definition, it goes beyond any limits of the known Universe.

Now, let me introduce you to another important concept: Jiva – means the individual soul. It is compared to a solitary ray of the great sun Brahma, the Creator.

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Shiva Samhita briefly presents the nature and function of Jiva.
It says: “Jiva lives in the man’s body and in the woman’s body as well. It is covered in all kinds of desires. There is a strong and tight relationship between him and the body through karma which was accumulated in the past lives. Every being enjoys and suffers according to their past actions. A Jiva who has done many good and virtuous deeds will enjoy happy life and wonderful conditions in this world. But the Jiva, who, on the contrary, has done many bad deeds, will never find his peace. No matter what is the nature of his desire, positive or negative, he will always cling to the Jiva and follow him all the times, during his countless reincarnations.”

The concepts of Shiva and Jiva, meaning the supreme masculine principle and the individual soul, are very important in understanding the Universe, especially while on the path of Tantric love. If you can identify yourself with Shiva-The Transcendent, you will have a profound inner vision over the wonderful play between man and woman.

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Furthermore, if you are able to transfigure your lover as the embodiment of the transcendent, beyond all known limits of this world, then you will be able to fully enjoy the experience of transcendence.

If you worship your lover with love and devotion, Shakti’s creative energy will awaken Shiva inside you. Thus, having Shakti as counterpart, Shiva’s force (or in other words the Pure Consciousness) will rise strongly inside you.

By an intimate union between Shiva and Shakti, in complete ecstatic pleasure, Jiva or the individual soul becomes free from the slavery of his past existences. Soon the couple will be able to reach final freedom.

“There is a bridge between Time and Eternity; this bridge is Jiva, the individual soul itself.”

Chandagya Upanishad