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Why does Shiva Ji have three lines on his forehead.??


Mugermach Singh
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very briefly....

The three horizontal lines are known as "Tri-paundra" and are usually marked with Vibhuti (holy ash - does not decay and is the final product of all that lives). Some use Bhasm (holy askh from Hom (fire used for making sacrfices).

Sometimes the centre line is also marked with a red dot in the centre, that represents the 3rd eye of Shivji Maharaj (Shiv-Shakti - that energy that creates and destroys seen and unseen forms of creation).

Depending on whom u speak to, Tri-paundra can represent:

a) the 3 gunas (virtues) - Sattva (truth/purity), Raja (dynamism/energy/passion), Tama (disintegration/darkness) (mentioned in Shiv Puraan, and also in Soondraya Lehri)

B) the Sanatan Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh...ie, creation, preservation and destruction)

c) purity, penance, and knowledge (signs of an ascetic)

d) the 3 chains - Anav (source of ignorance that blinds us from reaching enlightenment), Maya (illusion of creation), and Karm (deeds/destiny)

e) the three worlds - heaven, earth, the netherworld

Some Sadhus, such as the Naga babas, Aghori babas recite what is known as the Mrityoonjay Mantr (from Upanishaads), that roughly translates to:

“We salute Shiva with the 3 eyes, who nurtures and spreads sweet smelling fragrance in our existance. We ask that he frees us from the chains of change, sorrow and death without effort, like the falling of a ripe eggplant from its stem.”

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very briefly....

The three horizontal lines are known as "Tri-paundra" and are usually marked with Vibhuti (holy ash - does not decay and is the final product of all that lives). Some use Bhasm (holy askh from Hom (fire used for making sacrfices).

Sometimes the centre line is also marked with a red dot in the centre, that represents the 3rd eye of Shivji Maharaj (Shiv-Shakti - that energy that creates and destroys seen and unseen forms of creation).

Depending on whom u speak to, Tri-paundra can represent:

a) the 3 gunas (virtues) - Sattva (truth/purity), Raja (dynamism/energy/passion), Tama (disintegration/darkness) (mentioned in Shiv Puraan, and also in Soondraya Lehri)

B) the Sanatan Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh...ie, creation, preservation and destruction)

c) purity, penance, and knowledge (signs of an ascetic)

d) the 3 chains - Anav (source of ignorance that blinds us from reaching enlightenment), Maya (illusion of creation), and Karm (deeds/destiny)

e) the three worlds - heaven, earth, the netherworld

Some Sadhus, such as the Naga babas, Aghori babas recite what is known as the Mrityoonjay Mantr (from Upanishaads), that roughly translates to:

“We salute Shiva with the 3 eyes, who nurtures and spreads sweet smelling fragrance in our existance. We ask that he frees us from the chains of change, sorrow and death without effort, like the falling of a ripe eggplant from its stem.â€

so ur a hindu expert eh?... :roll:

(cough cough cough, brahmin , cough cough cough) kidding guy, e z

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