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SHIVA: "the destroyer" (one of the Trimurti) - Shiva comes from a Sanskrit root meaning 'pure'. Shiva is not a god of destruction and death, he only destroys ignorance and egotism. Shiva purifies, burning up selfish desires. What remains when these desires are burned away? Only the pure fire of Shiva. That is the true Self we are.

Gods and Goddesses of Ancient India - Crystalinks

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The mantra should have a -ya at the end, but it’s a beautiful picture, so I forgive you, artist.

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