12 Beliefs of Saivism


1. Regarding God’s unmanifest reality: Siva’s followers all believe that lord Siva is God, whose absolute being, parasiva, transcends time, forms and space. The yogi silently exclaims, “It is not this, its is not that.” yea, such an inscrutable God is God Siva. Aum.

2. 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.

3. Regarding God’s manifest nature of all-pervading love: Siva’s followers all believe that lord Siva is God, whose immanent nature of live, Parashakti, is the substratum, primal substance or pure consciousness flowing through all forms as energy, existence, knowledge and bliss. Aum.

4. Regarding the Deity Karthikeya: Siva’s followers all believe in the Mahadeva Karttikeya, son of Siva-Shakti, whose vel of grace dissolves the bandages of ignorance. The yogi, locked in lotus, venerates Murugan. Thus restrained, his mind become calm. Aum.

5. 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, Paramesvara, Author of Vedas and Agamas, the creator, preserver and destroyer of all that exists. Aum.

6. Regarding the soul’s creation and identity with God: Siva’s followers all believe that each soul is created by Lord Shiva 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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 action he has caused-and that each soul continues to reincarnate until all karmas are resolved and moksha, liberation, is attained. Aum.

10. Regarding the esoteric purpose of temple worship: Siva’s followers all believe that religion is the harmonious working together of the three worlds and that this harmony can be created through temple worship, wherein the beings of all three worlds can communicate. Aum.

11. Regarding the four Margas, or Stages of Inner Progress: Siva’s followers all believe that the performance of charya, virtuous living, kriya, temple worship, and yoga, leading to parasiva, through the grace of the living satguru, absolutely necessary to bring forth jnana, wisdom. Aum

12. Regarding the five letters: Siva’s followers all believe in the Panchakshara Mantra, the sacred syllables “Namasivaya”, as Saivism’s foremost and essential mantra. The secret of Namasivaya is to hear it from the right lips at the right time. Aum.

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