The Archetypal meanings within the god Shiva

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Jung’s archetypal theory links the concept of the anima and animus, and the significance of dreams to the Hindu God-image of Shiva, where he is a personification of the Absolute in a universal and personal sense. This paradoxical, multi-faceted image serves as a grand metaphor for the realignment of the Self through a Jungian unveiling of one’s hidden, inner dynamics. "Gods are metaphors of archetypal behaviours and myths are archetypal enactments" (Samuels 27). The rebirth process is commonly bestowed within dreams because "the dream is the personal aspect of myth"(Transformations 163). Myths are Truth told in a different way through fiction, metaphor, and poetic language where the implications and suggestions go past the words, similarly to what happens in dreams. According to Joseph Campbell in Masks of Eternity the images of myth are reflections of the dormant death that lurks within humanity’s psyche due to cultures’ worldwide sharing the echo of archetypes from the collective unconscious. Jung views archetypes as an inner concept which relates the body and psyche, and instinct with image. "In psychological terms, Jung theorised the reality of a God-image as a unifying and transcendent symbol capable of drawing together heterogeneous psychic fragments or uniting polarized opposites...[it] points to a reality that transcends consciousness, is extraordinarily numinous, compels attention, attracts energy"(Samuels 61). “death… points to the profound archetypal process of transformation” (Hall 86) signifying either a drive or the happening of a “new life” “Dreams, and often outer life too, take on the flavour of a myth or a fairy tale. (Sharp 107) Personal/Self/Jung In Jungian psychology, Shiva completely represents the harmoni... ... middle of paper ... ...peace to the soul that experiences the relationship. (Bhaktivedanta 154) The face of Glory (Kirttunukha) is a special symbol of Shiva “protecting against both spiritual and physical disaster in the deepest darkest jungle of the world.” In mythic Image it tells of the legend of the “Face of Glory” where Shiva suggests to a monster that he should eat himself. The monster immediately began ”commencing with his feet and hands, continuing through his legs and arms, … ravenous and unable to stop, let his teeth go right on chopping through his belly, chest, and even his neck, until there is nothing but a face.”(Mythic Image 118) “No one who fails to worship you will ever obtain my grace.” (Mythic Image 188) In retrospect, the whole essence of Shiva is poetic for a constant rebirth and strives in order to attain a balance within one’s psyche, in order to obtain wholeness.

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