Story of Shiva

Who is Shiva?

Shiva is a Hindu god who is the patron of yoga.
Shiva is part of the Hindu trinity that includes Brahma (the creator of the universe) and Vishnu (the preserver of the universe).
Shiva is the destroyer of the universe.
Shiva is also the destroyer of the human ego (or selfishness). He is known to be self-controlled and has no attachments to either material objects or one's self.
His power of destruction opens the path to new creation of the universe, a new opportunity for the beauty and drama of the universe to unfold.
Shiva's devotees believe that Truth, Goodness and Beauty are the most important universal principles.


Shiva and Yoga

Shiva takes meditation to its most absolute form. In yoga meditation, not only is the mind stopped but all attachments are dropped. Therefore, Shiva stands for "letting go" of everything.
The path of Shiva is the path that every yogi tries to achieve. According to Hindu holy books, there are 8 paths in yoga to achieve a transcendent state of the mind.
The physical aspect that most yogi's practice in real life (also called asanas) forms just one of those 8 paths.


Shiva and Shiva Restaurant

Shiva is represented in various forms in Hindu religion. At Shiva restaurant, we celebrate the "dancing" Shiva. This form is also called Natraja.
"Nat" means dance, and "Raja" means king or Lord. Therefore, Shiva is considered the "Lord of the Dance".
The dance refers to the cosmic dance of the Universe. The sound "Aum" is the sound of the Universe that Shiva dances to. A picture of Shiva dancing is below: