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Why Did Siva Create the Universe?

An e-devotee in Wales wonders why there is so much killing and why Siva put us through all this. Gurudeva explains how this is a question that seekers have asked for thousands of years. He explains the basic principles of maya, karma and dharma, but ultimately he says the answer is one of life's great mysteries.

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A cyberspace devotee in Wales in the United Kingdom, wonders why there is all this killing in their community and throughout the world. If it's the Dance of Siva, why did Siva create souls and put them through all this?

This is a question that old souls, mature souls and young souls have been asking for thousand and thousands of years and no answer is actually satisfactory except one word, maya. We don't understand the law of karma that what we do to others comes back to us. If there is a lot of killing, there will be a lot of killing of those who killed, have to be killed. This is a law of the Universe. Just like gravity is the law of this planet. A soul begins as a young soul. Then through many, many experiences, matures and finally after many, many, many experiences becomes an old soul who knows the rules of how to live on this planet, within the universal laws of Sanatana Dharma. To answer your question more directly would only be exposing the ignorance of all those who've had that question asked too for thousand and thousand of years. Yes, it is the Dance of Siva, why is He dancing, well nobody knows.

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"Aum Namah Sivaya," the Saivite chants. Aum Namah Sivaya feeds his soul, brightens his intellect and quells his instinctive mind.