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Lord Shiv wears three white-lined Bhasm or Vibhooti on his forehead. What is the significance of this?
Through this mark Lord Shiv teaches silently that the spiritual aspirant should destroy the three types of impurities, viz, Anavam (I-ness), Karm (selfish activity), and Maayaa (illusion): the three desires or Eeshaan, viz, desire for worldly goods, for son and for wife: the three Vaasanaa or subtle tendencies, viz, Lok Vaasanaa (worldliness), Deh Vaasanaa (attachment to the body) and Shaastra Vaasanaa (blind faith in the scriptures and polemics), and that he should transcend the three bodies (physical, astral and causal), the three Gun, viz, Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas and the three states of mind, viz, waking, dreaming and deep sleep, and eventually attain union with Lord. The Shaastra assure us that the Bhasm or sacred ash is a divine healer. It cures all diseases, including the disease of birth and death, and bestows on the devotee who wears it, the highest wealth, viz, Moksh.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 04/23/13