chandra thiagarajan


Lord Shiva as Ardhanareeswara


Lord Shiva is a Hindu deity
Meaning the one who is Auspicious
He is the Supreme God personality
Who to all is propitious.

Shiva’s divine consort is Shakthi
She occupies the left half of Shiva’s body
Shiva and Shakthi are Matter and Energy
In the form of Ardhanareeswara they are in one body.

One cannot separate Sun and Sun-light
So are Shiva and Shakthi inseparable
One cannot separate Moon and Moon-llight
So are they- Two in One-very stable.

Shiva is in the form Masculine
He is ever static
Shakthi is in the form Feminine
She is ever dynamic.

This hermaphrodite form of Lord Shiva
Vertically, as half Male and half Female
Exists in the town Thiruchengodu, South India
Specified as Ardhanareeswara, is the tell-tale.

It is held that all men
Were derived from Shiva –part
And it is held that women
Were derived from Shakthi—part.

Shiva is the transcendant
Masculine aspect providing ground divine
Shakthi is the transcendant
Feminine aspect providing her womb for life-line.

This is to portray specifically
That Shiva and Shakthi are one and the same
Man and Woman are born equally
That is the secret of the frame!

Submitted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Edited: Sunday, April 28, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

In Sanskrit- - Ardha means Half
Naree means Lady
Eswara means Shiva

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  • Valerie Dohren (4/26/2013 2:01:00 PM)

    Male / female, positive / negative, black / white - polarisation, one cannot exist without the other. Thought-provoking write. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (4/26/2013 8:04:00 AM)

    Man and woman are born equally. Wise words to a fascinating poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (4/26/2013 7:56:00 AM)

    The poem as ever provides a profound learning experience! The conclusion that men and women are equal partners and are complementary to each other has to be underlined. Your elucidations are so studied and lucid that your words gain a special authenticity! ! Great write! ! (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (4/26/2013 5:27:00 AM)

    I'd heard of Shiva but not Shakthi. I always enjoy your fascinating poems. This one has a pleasing conclusion! (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (4/26/2013 5:21:00 AM)

    oh wat a powerful message to the world! excellent poem Mam. The last 3 lines says all! the gender bias should be completely ruled out from this world! (Report) Reply

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