divine energy flow, containing the five principles of eternal energy -
creation, preservation, destruction, illusion and emancipation.
Shiva dances in 'Rudra Tandava' or the dance of destruction in an aureole of fire, creating wild thunder storms all around the universe, even shattering the Sun, the Moon and stellar bodies with his matted hair, marks of ash on the forehead, trident and drum, lifting his left leg and balancing over a demon of ignorance, with snakes crawling over his arms, legs and braided hair that depict egotism. His upper right hand holds an hourglass drum or 'dumroo' standing for the male-female vital principle, while the lower gestures us to ''Be fearless''. A skull on his head depicts conquest over death.
K P Shashidharan
In 2004, a 2m statue of the dancing Shiva was unveiled at CERN, the
European Center for Research in Particle Physics in Geneva. A special plaque
next to the Shiva statue explains the significance of the metaphor of Shiva's
cosmic dance with quotations from Capra: "Hundreds of years ago, Indian artists
created visual images of dancing Shivas in a beautiful series of bronzes. In our
time, physicists have used the most advanced technology to portray the patterns
of the cosmic dance. The metaphor of the cosmic dance thus unifies ancient
mythology, religious art and modern physics."
To sum up, here's an excerpt from a beautiful poem by Ruth Peel:
"The source of all movement,
Gives rhythm to
He dances in evil places,
creates and preserves,
Destroys and releases.
We are part of this dance
This eternal rhythm,
to us if, blinded
We detach ourselves
the dancing cosmos,
This universal harmony…"