Can someone from India tell me more?

@Faye88 (1009)
Singapore
November 5, 2006 1:50am CST
Who is Shiva? What is about the monday fast thing? Does it really bring you and your soul mate together? How to go about it if we do not have the idol/statue/pictures to perform the fast? What prayer do you recite? Who tried that out before?Does it works for you?
2 responses
@SViswan (12095)
• India
5 Nov 06
Shiva I believe is the destroyer. If I'm not mistaken, the monday fast is for girls to get a good mate. Personally, I do not believe in these rituals though I do like the chantings. I gives me peace of mind and helps me meditate.
@Faye88 (1009)
• Singapore
6 Nov 06
At the end of the day should one eat as normal or vegetarian?
@juls146 (966)
• India
6 Nov 06
Shiva (Sanskrit: ???; Hindi: ???; Malayalam ??????; Tamil: ????? (when used to distinguish lordly status), also known as Siva and written Siva in the official IAST transliteration, pronounced as/?i??/) is a form of Ishvara or God in the later Vedic scriptures of Hinduism. Shiva is the supreme God in Shaivism, one of the major branches of Hinduism practiced in India. He is the formless, timeless and spaceless Supreme God. Adi Sankara interprets the name Shiva meaning "One who purifies everyone by the utterance of His name" or the Pure One. The name Shiva is the Holiest of Holy names. The Good Lord is beyond and unaffected by the three gunas (characteristics) of Prakrti (matter/nature) namely Satva, Rajas, and Tamas. Rudra is one of the Trimurti (i.e "trinity"). In the Trimurti, Rudra is the destroyer, and Brahma is the creator and Vishnu is the preserver. Shiva, according to some Hindu traditions, does everything. All other hindu gods and goddess are lesser than Shiva. According to Shaivism, the Good Lord Shiva performs five functions: 1. Creator, 2. Preserver, 3. Destroyer, 4. Reprieving us from the sins, and most importantly, 5. Blessing. Other views contend that Shiva produces Vishnu who produces Brahma and thus creation began, within which the cycle of the Trimurti exists. Shiva also assumes many other roles, including the Lord of Ascetics (Mahadeva, or the Great God), the Lord of Boons (Rudra, or The Howler - rud-iti rudra), and also the Universal Divinity (Maheshvara, the Great Lord).Shaivaites, the worshippers of Shiva consider as the Ultimate Reality (see Ishta-Deva for fuller discussion). Shiva is usually represented by the Shiva linga (or lingam), usually depicted as a clay mound with three horizontal stripes on it, or visualised as a blazing pillar. In anthropomorphised images, he is generally represented as immersed in deep meditation on Mount Kailash, his traditional abode. Shiva (Sanskrit: ???; Hindi: ???; Malayalam ??????; Tamil: ????? (when used to distinguish lordly status), also known as Siva and written Siva in the official IAST transliteration, pronounced as/?i??/) is a form of Ishvara or God in the later Vedic scriptures of Hinduism. Shiva is the supreme God in Shaivism, one of the major branches of Hinduism practiced in India. He is the formless, timeless and spaceless Supreme God. Adi Sankara interprets the name Shiva meaning "One who purifies everyone by the utterance of His name" or the Pure One. The name Shiva is the Holiest of Holy names. The Good Lord is beyond and unaffected by the three gunas (characteristics) of Prakrti (matter/nature) namely Satva, Rajas, and Tamas. Rudra is one of the Trimurti (i.e "trinity"). In the Trimurti, Rudra is the destroyer, and Brahma is the creator and Vishnu is the preserver. Shiva, according to some Hindu traditions, does everything. All other hindu gods and goddess are lesser than Shiva. According to Shaivism, the Good Lord Shiva performs five functions: 1. Creator, 2. Preserver, 3. Destroyer, 4. Reprieving us from the sins, and most importantly, 5. Blessing. Other views contend that Shiva produces Vishnu who produces Brahma and thus creation began, within which the cycle of the Trimurti exists. Shiva also assumes many other roles, including the Lord of Ascetics (Mahadeva, or the Great God), the Lord of Boons (Rudra, or The Howler - rud-iti rudra), and also the Universal Divinity (Maheshvara, the Great Lord).Shaivaites, the worshippers of Shiva consider as the Ultimate Reality (see Ishta-Deva for fuller discussion). Shiva is usually represented by the Shiva linga (or lingam), usually depicted as a clay mound with three horizontal stripes on it, or visualised as a blazing pillar. In anthropomorphised images, he is generally represented as immersed in deep meditation on Mount Kailash, his traditional abode.
@Faye88 (1009)
• Singapore
6 Nov 06
At the end of the day should one eat as normal or vegetarian? Got prayer in english?