Yesterday I told you a story of Shiva and how Hindus started worshipping his penis in the form of Shiva Lingam. There are however Hindus who just don’t want to accept that this is what they are doing: worshipping a penis.
The story which I wrote to you yesterday is written like this in the scriptures. It is Shiva’s penis that falls down and people agree to worship exactly that part of his body. Now if you say that this is a penis statue and you like to see it as a symbol for the universe, fine. No problem. You cannot however say that it is NOT a penis. Yes, there are genitals in the scriptures and in your daily worship and if you are religious, you should accept this.
There is another story about Shiva and his most private parts which you might like:
Once, Shiva saw a beautiful woman, no, an angel from heaven. He immediately got aroused and ran towards her. She saw him, was shocked and ran away but had no chance of outrunning him. He caught up with her, grabbed her and tried to embrace her. She struggled hard to get away from him, to save herself and get out of his arms. Miraculously, she managed and ran away!
In this short but intense struggle however, Shiva had, well, ejaculated. Yes, and wherever on earth his semen fell, it created gold and silver mines.
For all those who already started asking for proof in scriptures, you can read this in the Shrimad Bhagwat Maha Puran, 8 / 12 / 24-34.
When I told these stories to my wife, she really laughed and told me it sounded like bad porn stories, not like scriptures, and something that would make good comic material. It is true – and in the time when it was written down, it was of course what people’s mind and imagination made them write! It was what they wanted to hear and they added God and religion into their favourite stories!
I don’t say that this is wrong! I don’t say there should not be sex in scriptures! The problem is that religious people want to be ‘pure’ and pretend that their religion has nothing to do with sex. Accept that this is part of your religion, part of your scriptures! You cannot make genitals a taboo when one of your main items of worship is a penis!
When I was religious myself, I knew all the scriptures and had studied them. I knew that it was a penis – and I never found that strange. I grew up in this and while I today laugh about it when telling it to a non-Hindu who never heard of it, I was 100% aware of these stories in the past, too.
I have heard and seen photos, too, that in Japan and Nepal there are also people who worship the penis. Wonderful – we need more of that! Life-embracing and focusing on the important parts of life – and the body!
Just don’t claim you are not worshipping a penis – that’s hypocrite!