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Rudra – Hindu God Rudra Shiva

Rudra is an important deity in the Vedas and is later identified with Shiva. Rig Veda defines Rudra as Red and shining brightly as the sun. He wears matted locks. Samhitas states that he has thousand eyes and his stomach is red and black blue. He wears skin of animals.
In Vedas, Rudra is a god of destruction. In later scriptures, Rudra is identified as Rudra Shiva. He resides in the Mujavant Hills and Kailash in the Himalayas.
Rudra was worshipped by apsaras, demons, kubera and other divine beings known as Rudra Ganas.
Emblem of Rudra is a bull. His weapons are bow and arrow and Vajra (thunder bolt).
Rig Veda (2.33) compares him with wild animal, although ferocious he can be propitiated and blessing received. He cures all the incurable diseases.
In Brahmanas, Rudra is the son of Usha Prajapati and is given eight names – Rudra, Sarva, Ugra, Asani, Bhava, Mahadeva, Shiva and Pashupati.
The first real identification of Rudra with Shiva is found in the Shvetashvara Upanishad – it descr…

Swami Yukteswar Teachings and Quotes

Teachings and quotes of Swami Yukteswar - Guru of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Everything in the future will improve if you make a spiritual effort today.
Keep your eyes of reason open; in addition, I will open in you another eye, the eye of wisdom.
Divine love is without condition, without boundary, without change.
Remember that finding God will mean the funeral of all sorrows.
A worthy leader has the desire to serve, not to dominate.
The heart’s natural love is the principal requisite to attain a holy life.

Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames.

Ordinary love is selfish, darkly rooted in desires and satisfactions. Divine love is without condition, without boundary, without change. The flux of the human heart is gone forever at the transfixing touch of pure love.

Look fear in the face and it will cease to trouble you.

The eight bondages or snares are hatred, shame, fear, grief, condemnation, race prejudice, pride of family and smugness. Removal of the eig…