Story of King Bhagiratha and Ganga

King Bhagiratha does tapas to petition Lord Siva to allow Ganga to come to earth, but the earth cannot bear the torrential flow of water from heaven. Lord Siva catches Ganga in His hair, and from there she flows to earth.

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Because Self Realization must be experienced in a physical body, the soul cycles back again and again into flesh to dance with Siva, live with Siva and ultimately merge with Siva in undifferentiated oneness. Yea, jiva is actually Siva.
—Gurudeva