Satyam Shivam Sundaram, or Truth Godliness and Beauty is the way Hindus describe Lord Shiva with respect and devotion. The phrase glorifies Shiva and pushes us to embody him as a guide through life.
Simply translated, Satyam means Truth, Shivam means Godliness and Sundaram means beauty, however as Hinduism has proven to be a non duality school of thought, lets try and cultivate a deeper understand of the phrase.
According to Hinduism, the whole world issue is divided into three distinct facets – you will always see 3 in many hinduism scripts. Having a look at the Trimurti ( Hindu Holy Trinity) we understand the following:
- Creation – we already know that creating something is difficult, and if we talk about the creation of the world, it couldnt be any more complicated. In Hinduism, the creator is Brahma, the one from Bhramlok – place in the universe that no one knows where he is – having offered guidance for the creation of the world. Since it is clear that Bhramlok is not in this world, in Hinduism, creation as such can not be described scientifically. There are parameters outside the earth that influence the process and can not be categorized in our reasoning.
- Preserving creation – Paalankarta (Sanskrit) or Vishnu, is the one who is responsible for whats created, is the preserver. His abode is Vishnulok or Vaikunth, and equal to that of Brahma, it is not found in our land.
- The Destruction – Sanghaarkarta (Sanskrit) or Shiva, is responsible for the destruction. His home is the Himalayas. As such, all parameters for the destruction of the Earth are centered and in relation to the earth.
As such, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva) are in charge of creation, preservation and destruction respectively. Having understood the subtle distinction of the three tasks, let’s proceed to the first word – Satyam
Satyam, in its primitive meaning mea