Lord Shiva is too innocent
Shiva is called Bholmath
Shiva is referred to as "Bholmath" - the one who is easily pleased.
Compared to 'Vishnu' who was for the rich, SHIVA was the GOD of the poor!
Bhole means Innocent and Nath means king.
2. Shiva is not called Bhole Nath for nothing. Bhole means Innocent and Nath means king. So he is the first among the innocent, or the king of the innocent. At first glance, Shiva looks like the great tapasvi that he is. A lot of people more than awe and love, fears Shiva as he is often viewed as the god of destruction etc. Then this funny name is for someone like man who wanders cemeteries and rubs his body with ashes and has ghouls and ghosts for company. For such a man the name bholmath may be appropriate. But it does as it is said, no one in the world is more innocent than the Lord, He is childlike with no sense of malice or cunning, no sense of ego & no sense of power or arrogance. Hence BHOLENATH.
There is a story
There is a story that there was once an asura or demon who prayed, repented intensely, and chanted Shiva's name for thousands of years. Shiva, the simpleton, appeared before him, knowing that he was a demon and had nothing good to do. Nevertheless, he appeared and asked the Asura to pray for each blessing and he would be rewarded. The asura called "BhasmaSura" asked whatever he touched should burn to ashes without fighting an eyelid, Shiva granted the blessing. Ever since the asura was in the Himalayan region where there was nothing but snow, he wanted to test the effects of the blessing and knew that there would be no better defeat if he burned Shiva to ashes. so he told shiva to test it on shiva himself. The story goes that Shiva cannot turn a devotee away and since he himself cannot die as this will end the world, Shiva is said to have asked Vishnu to help him. Vishnu came disguised as a beautiful woman named "Mohini" and danced in front of the demon, deceiving him by touching his own head and ending his tyranny.
The story is funny and is only used to describe Shiva as Bholmath, he is said to be the easiest to evoke blessings among the gods, and also the kindest. It is the easiest to pacify. But all of this is only one facet of Lord Shiva.
Shiva is called bholmath because it is very easy to impress and please him.
Lord Shiva is very simple. He becomes happy with his followers through a simple method of worship, that is, by pouring water, telling OM NA MAH SHIVAY only twice. He is available to everyone, whether he is a good or a bad person. He always sits cool and calm like a simple person, simple cloth, simple way of life. He always helps the worshipers without any condition. He only becomes active at the time of Tandav who creates tsunami, earthquake etc. and he is the destroyer of the universe because he is upset about life's misdeeds.
Lord Shiva is a param yogi. Guru of all yogis. He is innocent and vulnerable like a child. His innocence is most astonishing. Crooks who devotedly worship him can grant their wish. Besides, Shiva has no wealth. He enjoys eternal meditation .. He is a father figure to all Yogis & Rishis, Munis and is known as Baba (father) and for his vulnerability, innocence & deep charity he is known as Bolenath.
Shiva performed many acts for the well-being of man:
1) He stored poison in his throat. According to mythological stories, Lord Shiva drank the poison that emerged from the "sagar manthan" (whirling up the ocean). After drinking the poison his throat turned blue and from that time on Lord Shiva became known as "Neelkantha" (blue throat).
2) Bhâgeeratha went to the Himalayas to do a strenuous tapasya in the extreme climate. For a thousand years he performed cruelly severe penance to please Lord Brahma. At the end of the thousand years, Brahma came to him and told him to ask for something. Bhâgeeratha asked Brahma to bring the Ganga River to earth so that he could perform the ceremony for his ancestors. Brahma asked Bhageeratha to assist Lord Shiva because only He would be able to break the fall of the Ganga. It was the greatest river, and there was no way anyone other than Him could absorb the destructive effects of this event. Bhâgeeratha performed tapasya for Lord Shiva and lived only in the air. Compassionate Shiva appeared after a year of repentance and told Bhageeratha not to do tapasya in order to achieve a noble goal like this. He assured Bhâgeeratha that he would break Ganga's fall. After Ganges was flattered and praised by the devas, Ganga had become vain. She mocked Brahma when He asked her to flow onto the earth, but she could not disobey him since he was her father. But Ganga was sure, just as Bhâgeeratha was afraid, that no one could stop her fall, which would devastate the earth for a long time. As she climbed over from Swarga, Bhâgeeratha and heavenly watchers were afraid of the roar and volume of the water. But Lord Shiva appeared out of nowhere and captured Ganga as she threw herself on earth in his jata. Ganga struggled to break free, but Shiva couldn't move. Bhâgeeratha worshiped Shiva, who released Ganga after putting down her vanity. It flowed, and it is still believed that it flows to earth from Shiva's Jata at a milder rate. King Bhâgeeratha led Ganga ahead in his chariot, and she followed him through the north and east of Bharat and finally joined the ocean. In her course she washed the ashes of Sagara's sixty thousand sons who went to heaven while they praised and blessed Bhâgeeratha.
Bhola means the person who keeps forgetting. Nath means king. Hence, "Bholanath" means king of forgetful persons. This nickname is given to him because Lord Shiva does not understand politics. He works on his own will. Never takes orders from anyone. And he always forgets what Parvati (his wife) asked of him or not. These are the reasons we call him BHOLANATH.
Lord Shiva is worshiped by several names ...
Lord Shiva is worshiped by several names and BABA BHOLENATH is one of them. HARA HARA GANGE HARA HARA GANGE, HARA HARA HARA HARA SAMBHA SHIVA, HARA HARA HARA HARA BOLO NATH, HARA HARA HARA HARA MAHADEVA, HARA HARA HARA HARA NAMAMI SHANKARA BHAJAMARA SAI RAM, HARA HARA SHIVA AMBALAVANA, HARA SHASHANKA SHIVA AMBALAVANA, HARA SHIVA
The god Shiva is worshiped by a variety of names. But each name only indicates one aspect of Divinity. It denotes a single part of the Supreme Personality ... Each name is just a facet, a part, a ray of the Supreme. The spiritual discipline consists in recognizing and becoming aware of the one that supports and sustains the many. This is the precious jewel of wisdom that must be secured and cherished.
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