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~Dakshinamurti~

Dakshinamurti is the name of the Hindu god, Shiva, as the supreme guru who imparts higher knowledge. The name comes from the Sanskrit, dakshina, meaning “southern” or “right”; and murti, meaning “incarnation,” “personification” or “image.” It is usually translated as “the one who faces south.”

In Hinduism, south represents death. It is not just physical death, but the death of ignorance and, therefore, represents change and transformation. Considered the ultimate guru, Dakshinamurti has dominion over death, offering immortality through self-knowledge, or atma-jnana.

~Kashmir Shaivism~

Kashmir Shaivism is a school of the Tantric Shaiva tradition that originated in Kashmir between approximately 700 – 1100 C.E. During this time, Kashmir was the epicenter of intellectual and spiritual life.

Kashmir Shaivism devotees believe in an all-powerful deity, Shiva, that is a universal, shared consciousness. This consciousness is believed to be within each individual and, similar to a spiritual yoga practice, Kashmir Shaivism centers on revealing the inner Self as connected with a higher Consciousness.

Mythology {2} ~ Creation Stories {1} ~ The Hindu

In Hinduism the universe is millions of years old. In line with the Hindu belief in reincarnation, the universe we live in is not the first or indeed the last universe.

For Hindus the universe was created by Brahma, the creator who made the universe out of himself.

After Brahma created the world, it is the power of Vishnu which preserves the world and human beings.

As part of the cycle of birth, life and death it is Shiva who will ultimately destroy the universe. This is not necessarily as bad as it might sound because it allows Brahma to start the process of creation all over again.

Examples of how the origins of the universe are explained in Hinduism include:

~A lotus flower grew from Lord Vishnu’s navel with Brahma sitting on it. Brahma separated the flower into three parts – the heavens, the Earth and the sky.
~Out of loneliness, Brahma split himself into two to create a male and a female. From this male and female all beings were created.
~Another story makes reference to life coming from the cracking of an enormous egg, which is the life from which the universe is born.
~The Hymn of Creation from the Rig Veda concludes that nobody knows how the universe came into being and even questions whether Brahman knows.
~Some Hindu texts offer a more scientific explanation based on the evolution of primary elements from a single source.

These accounts, and others, were written many centuries ago in or around what we now know as India. They were not necessarily intended to be taken as literal scientific truth, but are indicators of the complexity and infinite nature of the universe.

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zv2fgwx/revision/7#:~:text=For%20Hindus%20the%20universe%20was,will%20ultimately%20destroy%20the%20universe.