Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Tue Jan 14 23:57:11 CST 2003

On Wed, 15 Jan 2003, Anand Hudli wrote:

>  I agree. A widow is one whose husband is dead. But Shiva is called
>  "antakAntaka" the destroyer of Death, or the God of Death himself, as
>  rAvaNa exclaims in his Shiva-tANDava stotra. He is also called
>  mR^ityunjaya, conqueror of Death.

Then how would you explain vidhva in the definition I quoted from
Medinikosha?  Vidhva is definitely widow in Gujarati and I'm pretty sure
it is the same in Sanskrit.

Also Tantric references to Shiva as 'dead' and Shakti as a 'widow' need
not be taken literally.  Rather they are symbolic of the active Prakrti
versus the inert Purush.  And does not Shiva Bhagawan proudly bear the
names Smashanavasi and Bhutapati?

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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