Shiva is a popular hindu god. He has both benevolent and fearsome forms. In his benevolent form he is pictured as Yogi living a ascetic life upon Mount Kalish, as well as tending a household of his wife and two children. In his fearsome form he is pictured as slaying demons. Among the three primary gods of Hinduism, each stands for a facet of life, Brahma the Creator, Vishnu as the preserver and Shiva is depicted as the Destroyer.
Shiva is regarded as the patron God of Yoga and arts, his imagery is that of a pale skinned man sat crosslegged in deep meditation with a third eye upon his forehead, his hair is a tangle forming the river Ganga and crested with a crescent moon. Adorned upon his neck is a the snake Vasuki, his left hand a hourglass Damaru drum and in his right hand is his weapon the Trishula or trident.
The trident symbolises the three Gunas, tendencies of universal nature, Sattva (creation), Rajas (preservation) and Tamas (destruction/transformation) . It also represents three Shaktis or powers, will, action, and wisdom. At the base of the Trishula all three Gunas and Shaktis meet. The trishula also represents the past, the present and the future.
The importance of this symbolism forms the basis of my philosophy in life and fitness.