Look at Shiva. He likes everything. What does He wear? Snakes – He likes all kinds of animals. Every type of thing that we think is not good, ugly, for Him they are not.... He is the source of joy. He is the one who gives us joy and the one that makes us joyous. The real joy is only possible if, in your heart, His reflection is there.... The quality of Shiva is that He beautifies everything that is created by Brahmadeva, evolved by Vishnu. He is the one who does the subtle work of creating aesthetics.... Shiva is the ultimate we have to achieve. Shiva is represented in our Spirit, so to become Shiva is the ultimate aim of everything else. The rest of it is all created, like Vishnu tattva and Brahmadeva, just to create human beings, to evolve them and then ultimately lead them to Shiva. That is the ultimate.... Shiva tattva is innocent. Absolutely innocent it is. It is very powerful and extremely innocent. And the secret to achieve, it is only just to please – just to please. If you please Shiva ... He will grant the Satchitananda state.... He gives that eternal longevity which comes through the spirit. This is the blessing of Shiva tattva. (Shivaratri Pujas 1999 & 1991 & 1983)
Shiva, meaning "The Auspicious One", is one of the three major deities of Hinduism. He is known for being the God of Gods in Hinduism.
At the highest level, Shiva is regarded as limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless. Shiva also has many benevolent and fearsome forms. In benevolent aspects, he is depicted as an omniscient Yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash, as well as a householder with wife Parvati and his two children, Ganesha and Kartikeya, and in fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons. Shiva is also regarded as the patron god of yoga and arts.
The main iconographical attributes of Shiva are the third eye on his forehead, the snake Vasuki around his neck, the adorning crescent moon, the holy river Ganga flowing from his matted hair, the trishula as his weapon and the damaru as his musical instrument. Shiva is usually worshiped in the aniconic form of Lingam. more