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In this 100 dharana and 126 Verse of Vigyana Bhairava Tantra, Shiva says:

 

Never thinking of like and dislike

Focused on the  middle

Shiva Consciousness arises 

 

From non-duality and equanimity, Shiva moves to the Middle Path. In the Buddhist tradition the Middle Path is the path between extremes of pleasure and pain,

as well as any extreme beliefs. The Middle Path is often accepted as the Eight Noble Truths of Right Conduct, Right Speech etc. Tao is also a proponent of the Middle Path

allowing one to flow between the extremes in harmony with nature.

 

Shiva’s Middle Path is an extension of his earlier exhortations towards non duality and equanimity. Shiva  advocated the concept of non duality to move from polarized

opposites to the Third Truth,w which integrates the opposites. He then suggested the mindset of equanimity to help reach the state of non duality and achieve the Third

Truth. He now talks about the Middle Path a the process through which one can develop the mindset of equanimity in order to reach the Third Truth.

 

Shiva himself is the Middle Path. At one level he is the epitome of gnana, constantly in silent meditation as Dakshinamurthy. In this state, he is in deep passivity, the Purusha,

who is unmoving, all-knowing, and in the height of potential energy.  At another level,  Shiva is the Tandava Murthy or Nataraja, in a mind-blowing dance that is all at once the dance

of creation as well as destruction. In the Middle, he is the Ardha Nareeswara, the integration of Shiva and Shakti, in complete fulfillment.

 

Shiva’s Middle Path is somewhat different from that of the Buddha and Tao. It is not about this or that, right or wrong, harmony or disharmony, but this and that. It is not a choice,

but is integration. It is not a moderation of extremes by avoiding either polarity, but of value addition through raising oneself to a higher level of the Third Truth, which is no longer

relative, but is absolute.

 

What is the Middle Path of like and dislike, of affection and hatred, of obsession and aversion? At the simplest level, and yet a profound level, it is one of disengaging oneself to the

higher Third Truth of disengagement. It is the ability to consider the ‘like’ aspects of a situation, and the ‘dislike’ aspects of it as well, and then move beyond both with the awareness

and understanding of both, into a state of acceptance that no longer requires that we make a choice. In its ultimate sense, it is surrender with a deep awareness, understanding and

acceptance that there is a superior energy, which is a part of us, that would lead us in the direction we need to move in and act accordingly. This belief is in accordance with Krishna’s

exhortation to Arjuna to do what needs to be done while sacrificing the fruits of action to him. When the outcome is not important, and only the process, why would like and dislike be relevant?

 

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