Shivlinga: Can A Stone Be A Source Of Power And Healing?
Shivlingas are revered by Hindus and their veneration originates from Hindu mythology. But they are also worshipped in other countries such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Rome, Cambodia, Africa, Vietnam, Harappa and other places.
A shivlinga has natural healing properties and worshipping it, or meditating in its presence is believed to bestow one with strong positive vibes, which can help appease stress, depression, suicidal thoughts and improve one’s stamina, vitality, fertility, concentration and creative powers.
Though the shivlingas formed out of black stone are most common and popular, they can be made of other materials too, including white marble, precious gems and metals, mercury, wood and river clay.
A shivlinga is believed to be a cosmic pillar (stambha) of the fire which brought everything else into being. Since it resembles an egg, it is also considered to be the Brahmanda (the Sanskrit name for Universe) or cosmic egg, from which all life sprung forth.
A shivlinga symbolises Shiva, the male cosmic energy, while the base (yoni as it is called in Indian texts) on which it rests represents Shakti, the female cosmic force which complements Shiva. It is a subtle balance of the dual powers in the Universe, similar to the Yin and Yang philosophy.
Although a symbol of Shiva, the shivlinga represents the other two gods in the Holy Trinity of India’s religious as well, i.e. Brahma and Vishnu. While the topmost part of the shivlinga represents Shiva who is Destroyer, the central part stands for Vishnu the Sustainer and the base depicts Brahma, the Creator.