Is Shiva Universal? | Sadhguru
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Is Shiva Universal? | Sadhguru

Interviewer (Subhash Ghai): Is Lord Shiva territorial
or universal? That still question lies in me. Sadhguru: The word “Shiva” – shi–va
means “that which is not”. That which is, is physical creation. That which is not, is that which is not physical. That which is not, where can it be,
in India or America (Few laugh)? Or on this planet or in another galaxy,
where can it be? It’s everywhere. So, there is a dimensionless existence, so we called it
appropriately– shi-va, that means that which is not. Today, modern scientists are saying that nearly
ninety-nine percent of the cosmos is empty. But not that there is nothing – there is
something but it is not something. Because our idea of something is, we should
be able to perceive through five senses. See right now, what you can see and
what you cannot see is this. You can see my hand because it is stopping light. Anything that is not stopping light, you don’t see, isn’t it? Right now, there is air here, which you’re
breathing, which is most vital from your… for your existence but you don’t see it, you don’t see the
air, unless you live in Delhi (Laughter/Applause). Now, if you look up in the sky, you see the stars.
But stars are a small happening. The real thing is the vast emptiness. So this we referred to as shi–va, that which is not. Today, modern scientists are saying this vast
space has a tremendous amount of energy, but it is not any of the energies that are measurable
by us, like electromagnetic waves, or weak nuclear energy, or strong nuclear energy, or
electrical systems, or microwaves, none of these things. It is none of the measurable energies. But there is no denying it is tremendously powerful. So we said shi-va means that which is not. And we said it is in the lap of
Shiva that creation happens. At the same time, we called Adiyogi also the
Shiva because he perceived that which is not. You are who you are… People call you a director, a film producer, why?
Because you perceived something. If you did not perceive that,
they would not recognize you as that. So we recognized Adiyogi as Shiva because
he perceived that which is not. Because he perceived that, we called him also Shiva. So, we will call the ultimate reality as Shiva,
the one who realized that, the Adiyogi, as Shiva, one who did not realize that but
has the possibility, we’ll call him Shiva. We’ll call the dog also Shiva because he
is also made of the same stuff, but he cannot know,
but we want him to hear that sound. So every time we call him Shiva, Shiva, Shiva,
we hope that he will evolve one day (Laughs).


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