SWAMI ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LINGODBHAVAM
In recent times, much to the delight
of devotees, the Lingodbhavam has been revived. But how many
care to look BEYOND the spectacle and ponder on the Inner
significance of what exactly the Lingam means as also its
emergence from Swami? Bhagavan Baba has Himself explained
those matters. We reproduced below what He said way back in
1974, when there emerged a Lingam of a type very different
from what we have been seeing in recent years. For a description
of that Lingam and the significance of Lingodbhavam itself,
let us go to the SOURCE!
manifestation of the Lingam is
a part of My Nature. Spiritual Scholars explain it as reminiscent
of an epochal event in the past when Shiva challenged Brahma
and Vishnu to gauge the height and depth of the Lingam
Form He assumed. The two Gods failed and had to accept defeat
– that is the usual folklore. Truly speaking, however,
the Lingam emerges as a result
of prayer by devotees and Divine Grace. You have to recognise
in this event a glimpse of Divinity and a sign of Infinite
Grace. Just as Om is the sound
symbol of God, the Lingam is
the Form symbol or the visible symbol of God, the most meaningful,
the simplest and the least endowed with the appendages of
That in which this merges or dissolves. Eventually, all Forms
have to merge in the Formless. Shiva is the Principle of the
Dissolution of all Names and Forms, of all entities and individuals.
Thus, the Lingam is the simplest
sign or symbol of Emergence and Mergence.
Having had the unique good fortune of witnessing
the emergence of the time-space-embodiment in the Linga-Form,
I assure you that you are released from the bondage of birth
and death. Recollect and relive the Ananda
of that moment of Emergence, and meditate on the significance
of the Linga-Form. This is an
extra-ordinary chance that people seldom get, a chance that
has been gained by you through the performance of Yajnas
or Yagas or other elaborate rituals
or as a result of years of arduous Sadhana.
When you are asked what happened at Prashanthi
Nilayam, tell them that your life’s mission has been
fulfilled, that you were able to witness the Lingodhbhavam,
and see the Lingam which emerged
during the auspicious hour.
as you can see, is ten inches in circumference. It has within
it, shining with native light, the Thrishuul
(three-pronged spear) of Shiva, symbolising the three phases
of Time — past, present and future — and the three
dimensions of space-earth, sky and the nether regions, as
mentioned by Me already. Just as time changes constantly,
in this Lingam too, as you can
see even from where you are sitting, the colour of the Thrishuul
inside the Lingam changes into
a new one, every ten minutes. The handle of the Thrishuul
demonstrates the One, of which the three are manifestations.
This is the grand Mystery that has been revealed to you. You
have witnessed the Divine Creation; you have seen the Divine
Symbol; you have shared the Bliss. Out of the world’s
population of many billions, you alone secured this fortune.
The Scriptures declare the Supreme One as
splendorous and as Jyothi [Effulgence].
You have seen the splendour when the Lingam
emerged; you have seen the triple Jyothi
in the Lingam itself. No greater fortune can befall a man.
Live hereafter as befits the recipient of this rare Grace.
Baba, in His
Sivarathri Discourse in 1974.