The Trident of Shiva

                              

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.

THE THREE GUNAS

SATTVA:  A CALM AND COMPOSED

RAJAS:     ACTIVE AND PASSIONATE

TAMAS:     INERT AND INACTIVE

THE THREE SHAKTIS, WILL, ACTION, WISDOM.

WILL:        TO COMMIT TO YOUR GOALS IN LIFE, MIND AND HEALTH

ACTION:   TO INITIATE THESE CHANGES. THE HARDEST PART IS TO                               START.

WISDOM:  TO SEE THE PATH AS THE DESTINATION, ENJOY YOUR                                   GOALS AND ACHIEVEMENTS, LEARN FROM                                                     MISTAKES AND CONTINUE TO STRIVE TO BE THE BEST                                   VERSION OF YOURSELF YOU CAN BE.

PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE.

THE PAST:  HAS BEEN AND GONE.LEARN FROM THE LESSONS, GOOD                               AND BAD. APPLY THAT KNOWLEDGE TO TODAY.

THE PRESENT: IS NOW AND KNOWING IT IS NOW.LIVE HERE AT THIS                                    MOMENT, PAY ATTENTION TO YOURSELF OTHERS                                          AND YOUR ENVIRONMENT. WHEN YOU ACT, ACT                                            WITH PASSION AND DETERMINATION. ENJOY THE                                          SENSATIONS FOR ALL THERE IS AT THIS MOMENT IS                                      NOW.                   

THE FUTURE:  WILL COME. PREPARE FOR IT BUT DO NOT DWELL ON                                     IT.ONCE IT IS HERE IT IS HERE IN THE PRESENT, IT                                         WILL SOON BECOME THE PAST. IT WILL HAPPEN                                             WHEN IT'S TIME HAS COME.