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    A shaivite creed

    From Dancing with Siva found here http://www.himalayanacademy.com/reso..._contents.html

    Belief Number One



    REGARDING GOD'S UNMANIFEST REALITY


    Siva's followers all believe that Lord Siva is God,
    whose Absolute Being, Parashiva,
    transcends time, form and space.
    The yogi silently exclaims,
    "It is not this. It is not that."
    Yea, such an inscrutable God is God Siva.
    Aum.

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    Belief Number Two



    REGARDING GOD'S MANIFEST NATURE OF ALL-PERVADING LOVE


    Siva's followers all believe that Lord Siva is God,
    whose immanent nature of love, Parashakti,
    is the substratum, primal substance or pure consciousness
    flowing through all form as energy, existence, knowledge and bliss.
    Aum.



    Belief Number Three



    REGARDING GOD AS PERSONAL LORD AND CREATOR OF ALL


    Siva's followers all believe that Lord Siva is God,
    whose immanent nature is the
    Primal Soul, Supreme Mahadeva, Parameshvara,
    author of Vedas and Agamas,
    the creator, preserver and destroyer of all that exists.
    Aum.


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    Belief Number Four



    REGARDING THE ELEPHANT-FACED DEITY


    Siva's followers all believe in the Mahadeva Lord Ganesha,
    son of Siva-Shakti, to whom they must first supplicate
    before beginning any worship or task.
    His rule is compassionate.
    His law is just. Justice is His mind.
    Aum.


    Belief Number Five



    REGARDING THE DEITY KARTTIKEYA


    Siva's followers all believe in the Mahadeva Karttikeya,
    son of Siva-Shakti, whose vel of grace
    dissolves the bondages of ignorance.
    The yogi, locked in lotus, venerates Murugan.
    Thus restrained, his mind becomes calm.
    Aum.

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    Belief Number Six



    REGARDING THE SOUL'S CREATION AND ITS IDENTITY WITH GOD


    Siva's followers all believe that each soul is created by Lord Siva
    and is identical to Him, and that this identity
    will be fully realized by all souls
    when the bondage of anava, karma and maya
    is removed by His grace.
    Aum.


    Belief Number Seven



    REGARDING THE GROSS, SUBTLE AND CAUSAL PLANES OF EXISTENCE


    Siva's followers all believe in three worlds:
    the gross plane, where souls take on physical bodies;
    the subtle plane, where souls take on astral bodies;
    and the causal plane, where souls exist in their self-effulgent form.
    Aum.

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    Belief Number Eight



    REGARDING KARMA, SAMSARA AND LIBERATION FROM REBIRTH


    Siva's followers all believe in the law of karma --
    that one must reap the effects of all actions he has caused --
    and that each soul continues to reincarnate until all karmas are resolved
    and moksha, liberation, is attained.
    Aum.


    Belief Number Nine



    REGARDING THE FOUR MARGAS, STAGES OF INNER PROGRESS


    Siva's followers all believe that the performance of
    charya, virtuous living,
    kriya, temple worship,
    and yoga, leading to Parashiva
    through the grace of the living satguru,
    is absolutely necessary to bring forth jnana, wisdom.
    Aum.


    Belief Number Ten



    REGARDING THE GOODNESS OF ALL


    Siva's followers all believe there is no intrinsic evil.
    Evil has no source,
    unless the source of evil's seeming be ignorance itself.
    They are truly compassionate,
    knowing that ultimately there is no good or bad.
    All is Siva's will.
    Aum.

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