This is an excerpt from Hinduism about family.
Observe this picture very closely for two minutes. This is a picture of a Hindu God Shiva with his family.
Now , I am going to tell you the origin of the word “Family” .
In the context of human society, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people related either by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage or other relationship), or co-residence.
Here’s what is special about the first picture. If you have observed carefully, then you would have noted the presence of animals in the picture.
Yeah! We are now focusing on the animal part.
The animals present are
- Cow ( Vehicle of Lord Shiva )
- Lion (Vehicle of Goddess Parvati )- Lord Shiva’s wife
- Mouse ( Vehicle of Lord Ganesh -Lord Shiva’s first son )
- Peacock ( Vehicle of Lord Kartikeya/Muruga -Lord Shiva’s second son )
- Snake ( around the neck of Lord Shiva )
Now, why are they so special? What do they signify?
Lion preys on cow,
Snake preys on mouse,
Peacock preys on snake.
The entire Lord Shiva’s family has vehicles which are prey-predators!
That picture symbolizes many things, but now we will consider this interpretation alone.
This tells us that as a family, one should develop understanding for the co-members. Without mutual understanding and accepting the differences, a family will not be complete!
P.S : The reason for the animals not behaving as prey-predators is that in Kailash (The living place of Lord Shiva ) there is no hunger at all. This eliminates the need for eating!
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