DBC believes that the holy name ‘Śiva’ means ‘all auspicious’ and refers to ‘jñāna’, the perfect state of complete knowledge which gives omnipotence. Without knowledge men are simply animals leading an animal existence.
The Śiva Mahāpurāṇa consists of an introduction called ‘mahātmya’ which explains the ‘mahā’ or greatness of the purāṇa. This is followed by seven books called saṁhitā of which the second book Rudra Saṁhitā has five parts called ‘khaṇḍa’ and the last book Vāyaviya Saṁhitā has two Khaṇḍa. It can take a lifetime to read and fully digest the knowledge contained in the 24,000 śloka of this great purāṇa. Yet there has to be a beginning, and with this course we intend to set the participants in the glorious path of purāṇic knowledge.
The SMP course will start with the ‘Mahātmya’ which is the introduction to the greatness of Śiva Mahāpurāṇa.
The video teachings includes:
- The first Śiva Purāṇa book titled ‘Vidyeśvara Saṁhitā’ and
- The three parts of the Śiva Purāṇa second book titled ‘Rudra Saṁhitā’. These are
- Sṛṣṭi Khaṇḍa
- Sati Khaṇḍa
- Pārvatī Khaṇḍa
Language: Medium of instruction for the Śiva Mahā-Purāṇa teachings is English and Sanskrit words, phrases and mantra shall be used with translation and explanation in English.