QUOTE (Prisni @ May 9 2007, 10:15 AM)
QUOTE (jayaradhey @ May 8 2007, 06:43 PM)
This beautiful Sanskrit prayer is included at the beginning of
a chapter of 'Chaitanya Charitavali' (by Sri Prabhudatta Brahmachari)
glorifying the Lords Hari and Hara:
I find that nicely explains why (some?) Vaisnavas consider Shiva to be transformed Krishna.
You are right Prisni. The verse 45 of 'Sri Brahma Samahitam' supports the transformation -kSIraM yathA dadhi vikAra vizeSa yogAt
saJjAyate na hi pRthag asti hetoH
yaH zambhu tAm api tathA samupaiti kAryAd
govindam AdipuruSaM tam ahaM bhajAmi
Meaning: Just as milk itself is transformed into curd (yogurt),
but yet they both are neither same nor different
from each other,
so also I adore my Beloved primeveal Lord Govinda,
Who has transformed Himself into Lord Shiva
for the performance of divine lilas.
Here are more excerpts, taken from Brahma Vaivarta Purana in relation to Lord Siva.
"Lord Siva is said to be a portion of Lord Krishna and arise out of the left side of Krshna's body.vAmarddhAGgo mahAdevo
The left half became Siva and the right became the Husband of Gopis.
He is dearly loved by Krishna.
The BVP says it is sin to slander Siva, Who is dearer to Krishna than His own life.
Krishna Himself declares:
"Among my favorites Brahma is dear to Me.
Lakshmi, ever residing on my chest, is dearer than Brahma.
Radha is yet dearer, and my devotees are dearer still.
Dearest of all is Shankara (Siva); no one is dearer than He.
My heart resides with my devotees, My life with Radha.
My Self with Sankara, who is dearer than My life."
The first verse of 'Sri Krishnashtakam' -vasudeva sutaM devaM kamsa cANUra mardanam
devakI paramAnandaM kRSNaM vande jagad guruM
I humbly prostrate to the Universal Spiritual Master,
Lord Krishna, Who is the darling Son of King Vasudeva,
Who destroyed the evilness of Kamsa and Canura demons,
and Who is the supreme Joy of Mother Devaki devi.
It is also stated in BVP that Lord Shiva is the Jagadguru Who bestows pure Radha Krishna Devotion upon the devotees who worship Him. jagadguru namastubyaM zivAya ziva dAya ca
yogIndrANAM ca yogIndra gurUNAM ca gurave namaH
Salutations unto Thee, O Teacher of the universe.
Thou art the Lord auspicious and the giver of divine bliss,
the foremost of the perfect Yogis, the Teacher of teachers.
Salutations unto Thee."
Lord Shiva is addressed as 'Jagadguru' in this verse. In Bhagavatam
also, Lord Shiva is addressed at many places as 'Jagadguru'.
I am happy to worship both!
Actually Lord Shiva's greatness was told to
Srimati Radha Rani by Lord Krishna Himself in B.V.P.
Will be happy to share the summary of Their talk later on.
tava tattvaM na jAnAmi kIdRzo'si mahezvara
yAdRzo'si mahAdeva tAdRzAya namonamaH
"I do not know the truth about You, how You are, O Mahesvara,
of whatever form You are, O Great Lord, I bow down to You again and again."
Jaya Sri Radhey!