Shiva is called as "Bholenath"-The one who is easily pleased. Although some, take the meaning literally, but I feel that there is something deeper and philosophical meaning to this word.
What other meaning for this word my small mind has understood is:
Bhole- child like people
nath- refuge, lord
So Shiva is lord of pure/childlike people. Or It may mean Lord who is childlike and purity himself.
Can someone elaborate this word into deeper meaning.
Here is another view of this word. Bholenath or ~ Bholānātha:
We know bholānātha भोलानाथ is another name for Śiva. Lets take apart the word: bho+ lā + nātha .
nātha नाथ is a protector, possessor, owner, lord ; used as a noun we can apply it as refuge.
lā ला is the act of taking or giving; to begin, to undertake, to give.
Now the key to this wonderful name of Śiva IMHO resides in bho.
bhoga भोग is any winding or curve, coil of a serpent.
bhoga भोग - is also enjoying, experiencing, feeling , perception. Also associuated with the Moon, Chandra the part of the ecliptic occupied by each of the 27 lunar mansions , owned by Candra (Chandra) and what Śiva wears on his head.
bhogin भोगिन् is with windings or curves or rings , curved, ringed (as a serpent) ; also a King, hence;
bhogīndra भोगीन्द्र - Serpent King a.k.a. Ananta अनन्त- or Infinity i.e. endless, boundless, eternal, infinite.
So as I look at this word bho+ lā + nātha, it is He the protecter, the Lord (nātha) that gives out and takes in (lā) the Infinite (rooted in bhoga) and the final enjoyer ( i.e. the SELF)
Bho or bhoḥ brings us to the word of O! or Hello! Or Hail ! or Alas!
If we chose this approach then it would be Hail to the Lord who is our refuge, that gives out and takes-in the Infinite.
I am not the final authority on this, but that is how I would view Bholānātha.
ॐ परमेश्वराय नमः
oṁ parameśvarāya namaḥ
We bow to parameśvarāya, the Supreme
_oṁ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ
Last edited by yajvan : 04 September 2008 at 06:24 PM.
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