Shiva Tattwa: the principle of the Spirit
In Indian tradition, the Spirit is represented by Lord Shiva, the God who lives on mount Kailash, completely immersed in deep meditation and beaming with joy.
He is completely detached.
He is humbly dressed and does not care of mundane things. Even when He married His beloved Parvati, He went to the party riding a bull, followed by any kind of funny people (with one eye, without nose, etc).
He is so detached and pure that everything in His presence is automatically purified.
This eternal and divine principle (in Sanskrit is called Shiva Tattwa) is reflected inside us in the form of Pure Spirit.
For example, if the sun is reflected by a mirror, not only the mirror is enlightened, but even it reflects the sun. While the sun can enlighten a stone, but it is not reflected by it. In the same way, in human beings, the reflection of God Almighty is expressed depending on their personality: if it is clear, pure and innocent, the reflection is the same of a mirror.
What is your Self? It’s only joy.
We can say that a joyful person is the one who is capable to express his/her own Self through the joy.
Such a person can also give a lot of joy, can be witty without hurting anyone, can see the beauty in the smallest thing and appreciate every detail of the creation.
Now, an important point is to distinguish between the two concepts: joy and happiness.
Happiness can be defined as a sense a satisfaction that comes from the fulfillment of our needs that can have material origin, or emotional origin, etc. depending on our disposition. So happiness can be, but also the opposite can be, in accord with the realization of our desires. Let’s say that usually happiness is what people look for.
Instead joy is a state of our being of complete harmony and bliss that exists by itself, it does not depend on anything else. Even in our language, there is not a word that corresponds to its opposite as it happens for happiness (unhappiness). In Sanskrit joy is called Aananda. Nir’aananda means pure, absolute joy, it is an all-pervading and everlasting feeling of unconditioned joy; this is the state we can reach when our realization is complete, when we become a “complete Shiva”.
“If your attention is on your Spirit, the Spirit will show you only the things which gives you bliss and joy.
Then, in the real sense, you achieve Swartha, because in that way you realise the meaning of Swa (Spirit) in the real sense.
See how the words have been constructed. Our ancestors have done a lot of research to find these words.
It means “search for the meaning of Spirit in a real way”. Swartha means the “meaning of the Spirit”.
Previously, people thought Swartha means earning money, do other things, but nobody got bliss by that way.
When you are fed up of searching, then you run towards the real Swa.
That is why it was told that you look out for Swartha, see what is the advantage for you, see what you can gain out of it. ” (Shri Mataji 1995)
Therefore the state of joy cannot be achieved by getting any particular success in life. It comes spontaneously.
We can see this state expressed in babies. They are pure and innocent.
Of course, we also can achieve this state. Unless we are so lucky to have remained pure for all our life, there is a simple way: it is the Kundalini (a Maternal Energy residing in our sacred bone) that, once awakened, purifies us and allow us to reach the state of Nir’aananda. Thanks to this purification, our attention can spontaneously return on our Spirit and in this way we can fully feel its inner quality that is only bliss.