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santana dharma

santana dharma
 
To teach the sages a lesson Shiva arrived in the form of a handsome young hermit.  Seduced by his beauty the sages and their wives ran after him.  The sages held Shiva responsible for their own lack of restraint.  They decided to destroy this temptation.  With their magic powers they created a tiger, a serpent and a goblin and set them upon Shiva.  Shiva skinned the tiger alive, wore the serpent around his neck and laughing, jumped on the goblin and began dancing on his back.  This stunned the sages.  He continued to dance wildly issuing tremors throughout the world, shaking the heavens and splitting the mountains.  The gods abandoned the heavens to see the dance.  As Shiva danced the sages realized that Shiva had flayed the tiger of their ambition, tamed the serpent of their passion and crushed the goblin of their ego.  His dance captured the rhythm of life, the cosmic cycle of generation, organization and destruction.  It encapsulated the essence of cosmic truth or santana dharma.
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