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Sadhguru explains how Shiva Purana incorporates many aspects of basic science into his text, as well as a powerful tool for transcending limitations.

Sadhguru: This vast void we call Shiva is a boundless non-entity – eternal and always. But since human perception is limited to form, we have created many beautiful forms for Shiva in the tradition and culture. The mysterious, unobservable Ishwara; the auspicious Shambho; disarmingly naive Bhola; Dakshinamurthy, the great master and teacher of the Vedas, Shastras and Tantras; the easily forgiving Ashuthosh; Bhairava, the one who is contaminated with the blood of the creator; Achaleshwara, the absolute silence; the most dynamic dancer, Nataraja – as many aspects as there are in life, that many aspects have been offered to him.

The Shiva Purana is the supreme science of elevating human nature to the highest point of consciousness, expressed in the form of very beautiful stories.

In general, in most parts of the world, everything people call divine is always called good. But if you read the Shiva Purana, you cannot identify Shiva as a good person or a bad person. He is everything – he is the ugliest, he is the most beautiful; he is the best and he is the worst; he’s the most disciplined, he’s a drunk. Gods, demons and all kinds of creatures in the world worship him. The so-called civilization has easily eliminated all those indigestible stories about Shiva, but that’s where the essence of Shiva lies. There are completely contradictory aspects of life built into Shiva’s personality. Such a complex amalgamation of all qualities of existence has been put into one person, because if you can accept this one being, you have crossed life itself. The whole struggle with someone’s life is that we always try to figure out what is beautiful and what is not, what is good and what is bad. You will have no problem with anyone if you can accept this man who is a complex amalgamation of everything life can be.

There are completely contradictory aspects of life built into Shiva’s personality. Such a complex amalgamation of all qualities of existence has been put into one person, because if you can accept this one being, you have crossed life itself.

If you look closely at the stories in the Shiva Purana, you will see that the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics – all of modern physics – has been beautifully expressed through stories. This is a dialectical culture; science was expressed in stories. Everything is personified. But somewhere along the way, people dropped science and just carried the stories, and the stories were exaggerated from generation to generation to a point where they were absolutely ridiculous. If you put science back into the stories, it’s a wonderful way to express science.

The Shiva Purana is the supreme science of elevating human nature to the highest point of consciousness, expressed in the form of very beautiful stories. Yoga is expressed in the form of a science without stories, but if you look deeper at it, yoga and the Shiva Purana cannot be separated. One is for those who love stories, the other is for those who are willing to see everything scientifically, but the basis of both is the same.

Nowadays scientists do a lot of research into the nature of modern education. One of the things they say is that if a child goes to 20 years of official education and gets out, much of his intelligence is irretrievably destroyed. That means he comes out as a very knowledgeable idiot. They suggest that one of the best ways to teach is to give it in the form of stories or in the form of play. A small effort has been made in this direction, but most education in the world has remained hugely oppressive. The sheer amount of information suppresses your intelligence unless it is given you in some form, and the story form of teaching would be the best way. This is what has been done in this culture. The highest dimensions of science were conveyed in beautiful story forms.