Stories from the Siva Purana

Stories from the Siva Purana

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By Vedavyasa(Author) Told by Purnaprajna Dasa
The Siva Puräna is especially meant for those in the mode of
ignorance. The distinctive feature of the Siva Puräna is that
Lord Çiva is portrayed as the Absolute Truth and all others,
even Lord Visnu, are said to be his servants. Because this
contradicts the version of other Purana, one may doubt how
different Purana can say different things.
How this is so is nicely understood from
this passage found in the book, Krsna, The Supreme
Personality of Godhead: Våkäsura happened to meet the great
sage Närada and consulted with him as to whom he should
approach to achieve quick results from his austerity. He
inquired, “Of the three deities, namely Lord Brahmä, Lord
Visnu and Lord Siva, who is most quickly satisfied?” Närada
could understand the plan of the demon, and he advised him,
“You had better worship Lord Siva; then you will quickly get
the desired result. Lord Çiva is very quickly satisfied and very
quickly dissatisfied also. So you try to satisfy Lord Siva.”
Närada also cited instances wherein demons like Rävana and
Banasura were enriched with great opulences simply by
satisfying Lord Siva with prayers. Because the great sage
Närada was aware of the nature of the demon Våkäsura, he
did not advise him to approach Visnu or Lord Brahmä.
Persons such as Våkäsura, who are situated in the material
mode of ignorance, cannot stick to the worship of Visnu.

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By Vedavyasa(Author) Told by Purnaprajna Dasa
The Siva Puräna is especially meant for those in the mode of
ignorance. The distinctive feature of the Siva Puräna is that
Lord Çiva is portrayed as the Absolute Truth and all others,
even Lord Visnu, are said to be his servants. Because this
contradicts the version of other Purana, one may doubt how
different Purana can say different things.
How this is so is nicely understood from
this passage found in the book, Krsna, The Supreme
Personality of Godhead: Våkäsura happened to meet the great
sage Närada and consulted with him as to whom he should
approach to achieve quick results from his austerity. He
inquired, “Of the three deities, namely Lord Brahmä, Lord
Visnu and Lord Siva, who is most quickly satisfied?” Närada
could understand the plan of the demon, and he advised him,
“You had better worship Lord Siva; then you will quickly get
the desired result. Lord Çiva is very quickly satisfied and very
quickly dissatisfied also. So you try to satisfy Lord Siva.”
Närada also cited instances wherein demons like Rävana and
Banasura were enriched with great opulences simply by
satisfying Lord Siva with prayers. Because the great sage
Närada was aware of the nature of the demon Våkäsura, he
did not advise him to approach Visnu or Lord Brahmä.
Persons such as Våkäsura, who are situated in the material
mode of ignorance, cannot stick to the worship of Visnu.