Lord Shiva: The Destroyer of Worlds
Shiva represents the aspect of the Supreme Being (Brahman of the Upanishads) that continuously dissolves to recreate in the cyclic process of creation, preservation, dissolution and recreation of the universe. For this reason, he is known as the “Destroyer of Worlds,” but not in a negative way.
Owing to His cosmic activity of dissolution and recreation, the words destroyer and destruction have been greatly associated with Lord Shiva. This difficulty arises when people fail to grasp the true significance of His cosmic role. The creation sustains itself by a delicate balance between the opposing forces of good and evil.
When this balance is disturbed and sustenance of life becomes impossible, Lord Shiva dissolves the universe for creation of the next cycle. This allows the unliberated souls to have another opportunity to liberate themselves from bondage with the physical world. Lord Shiva protects the souls from pain and suffering that would be caused by a dysfunctional universe.
In comparable cyclic processes, winter is essential for spring to appear and the night is necessary for the morning to follow.
Healing with Lord Shiva.
Since the tasks of Lord Shiva are numerous, He cannot be symbolized in one form. For this reason the images of Shiva vary significantly in their symbolism. Lord Shiva is the third member of the Hindu Trinity, the other two being Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. Lord Shiva is the Lord of mercy and compassion. He protects devotees from evil forces such as lust, greed, and anger. He grants boons, bestows grace and awakens wisdom in His devotees.
Since Lord Shiva is about destroying the old to make way for the new, there are many ways that he can help you. Many call upon Lord Shiva for help with things like ridding yourself of old habits, realizing new opportunities, and going through with massive change. Invite Him into your sacred space through meditation or prayer, or by placing a figure or statue on your altar.