Shiva Hemp & Shiva and the Cannabis
Whenever I think of Mahadev Shiva (lord of the lords), I imagine him as an eternal power, an in-charge who takes care of people on earth, and a problem solver when a conflict arises between gods.
Shiva is considered as one of the supreme forms of gods who can save nearly everything from falling apart. Being regarded as a ‘destroyer’ symbolizes his massive power, he is one of the three in ‘Trimurti’. I see him as a yogi who lives a simple life in mount Kailash very well known as Kailash Parvat. He is called by several names like Neel kanth, Gangadhar, Aghod, Gauri Nath, Rudra, and thousands more. He dislikes greed, arrogance, and hypocrisy. He is an undemanding God that anybody around this globe can please him just by chanting his name with a pure heart and can make Shiva answer his/her prayers. He is the complex amalgamation of all the qualities:
He is ascetic as well as a family person.
Beautiful but terrifying as well.
He is the dancer (Natraj) but can be absolutely still.
God worships him, but demons & negative energies are also devoted to him.
He lives in a green forest but meditates in burial ground & burning bodies.
Unfortunately, some people mislead Lord Shiva by picturizing him as smoking pot and consuming a Bhang (cannabis). I entirely agree with people associating Shiva with a Bhang, but the question is why he is related to it? Cannabis is one of the most sacred plants, and it is written in the fourth Veda that it relieves anxiety. Thus, being a sacred plant, it is used as a spiritual and religious plant.
Moreover, during the ‘Samundra Manthan’, a lethal poison named ‘Halahal’ was released, which was so poisonous that it could end the entire creation. To avoid that to happen, Lord Shiva consumed whole poison on his own and later to cool him down, gods offered him Bhang (cannabis). So, if you are consuming
it over his name then always remember he also exemplifies a trademark of qualities as well, be it giving utmost respect to his wife (Shakti/Parvati Maa), generosity, mellowed, wearing a tiger skin (not precious pieces of Jewellery as other gods are depicted in mythological books) implies his simplicity, and whatnot.
So, if you are a true Lord Shiva disciple, and want him to show you the right path, then admire & follow his positivism as well. Then you will see, he will do immeasurably more than what you had wanted or imagined. And no matter how hard the time gets, always look up to him with pure intentions, and he will do the rest. Lastly, I would request you to be a ‘Shivaholic’ not an ‘Alcoholic
Have You Ever Wondered Why Lord Shiva Is Associated with Weed?
It all began during Samudra Manthan!
Bam Bholenath, Bam Bholenath, har har Mahadev!
Whenever we recall Mahadev aka Lord Shiva, the first picture in our heads is of Lord Shiva wearing a ragged animal skin, holding a Chillam, and smoking pot.
We all know that cannabis has been used for millennia now. But the way Hindus respect and admire the plant, no group does. According to Hindu stories, cannabis is something divine as it is a Prasad from the deity Lord Shiva. But have you ever wondered, where did this all come from? Why is Lord Shiva associated with cannabis?
Well, before talking about the association of Lord Shiva with Marijuana, let’s see what the Vedic scriptures say about cannabis. Marijuana is among the five most sacred plants.
Did you know that according to the fourth book of the Vedas, Atharva Veda, Cannabis is considered to be one of the five kingdoms of herb that relieve anxiety? Thus, being a sacred plant, it is used as a religious and spiritual element. It was during the Samudra Manthan when Lord Shiva first encountered Cannabis. According to the legend of Samudra Manthan, some devas and rakshas shook the ocean to obtain Amrita. Due to the churning, a lethal poison names Halahala was released which was so powerful that it could destroy all the creation.
To protect the creation, Lord Shiva consumed the poison and then…
To protect the universe, Lord Shiva consumed the poison. This situation gave him the title of Neelkanth. Later, to cool Lord Shiva down, he was offered Bhang.
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