Shiva to Shankara: Decoding the Phallic Symbol
Many modern scholars say Shiva's linga is a phallic symbol. Most devotees disagree. Who is right? To make sense of a mythological image one has to align the language heard (stories) with the language performed (rituals) and the language seen (symbols). All dissonances need to be removed to decipher the real meaning. This book looks at the sexual metaphors associated with Shiva and uncovers their spiritual connotations. In the process we discover why the Goddess transforms Shiva the hermit into Shankara the householder.