THE FLESH AND BLOOD OF THE SHIVA LINGUM
So here we are in a body with infinite energy channelling through it, much like a battery we don’t see the charge. This energy is not electric nor magnetic but more subtle and known as pranic.
The pranic energy (prana) flows through the vast numerous channels (nadis), the channels intersect at key points along the spine known as chakras which directly influence our nervous system for expression of life. The system itself I sometimes refer to as the pranic energy system but realistically and respectfully it is known as the Linga Sharira which maybe loosely translated as subtle body. The Shiva Linga itself is also a renowned image of creation shaped in certain way that represents the Ida and Pingala energies. Unfortunately varying levels of awareness have perceived interpretation of the image in many ways but ultimately this is bound to happen as people are unique in the degree that the energy has moved from the Kanda to Brahmarandra.
The point where the Ida, Pingala and Sushumna nadis meet at the junction in Muladhara chakra has been termed as Mukta Triveni from this point they intersect five more times working up the spine to meet at Ajna chakra at the junction of Trikuti. It has been interpreted that at both these points as well as Anahata chakra resides a Shiva Lingam.
The three Shiva Lingams within the Linga Sharira are known as Swayambhu, Bana and Itarakhya.
In Indian philosophy the Shiva Linga is the symbol of creation. Similarly to the Chinese interpretation of Yin and Yang where opposing yet complimentary energies work together to bring about creation and experience of it.
The image itself looks like this:
The central column is symbolic of the male gentitala more specifically the penis and it sits central to a shape when viewed from above that symbolises the female gentitala.
The Shiva Linga is a combination of the male penis and female vagina symbolising the human act of creation.
Sadly this symbol has been misinterpreted by people with limited awareness that sometimes lack the subtle perception to appreciate the deeper spiritual truths, subsequently interpreting it as a physical act and expressing their misinterpretation as some phallic symbol. Unbeknownst to these people spiritual illumination is available to anyone anywhere especially during the act of worship of life itself. Whether the meditative state is achieved fishing, lovemaking or gardening the goal is to have an awareness focused on the source of life, ultimately to become absorbed into the experience of this dimension of reality.
The symbol of the Shiva Linga is an expression of what is known in Indian philosophy as the golden womb of creation or Hiranyagarbhaya and the consciousness that penetrates throughout the known manifest universe. This consciousness is appreciated as masculine in nature and symbolised by the God of destruction Shiva. When awareness of the greater universal perspective is not clearly in mind then I can appreciate how a limited interpretation can be made.
For someone without experience and awareness of the spiritual dimension of life there is no way that anything in their life can be perceived other than relative to their own beliefs that have been developed through their own experiences.
The Shiva Linga is also known to represent the two physical constituents responsible for creating an embryo. The male component has been interpreted to represent the flesh or sperm and the female component representing the blood through the egg. Similarly the interpretation of the flesh and blood has been made in respect to other spiritual leaders which have expressed truths throughout the planet.