Showing posts with label Bholanath. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bholanath. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Does Bholanath Mean?










Bholanath means "simple lord." Shiva's most common epithet. 





The term bhola has a negative meaning in everyday usage: "simple," "guileless," and even "foolish."




 


Shiva's followers (bhakta) are not disparaging him by using this term to describe him; rather, they are praising his limitless generosity to those with whom he is delighted. 





  • Shiva's followers may make the most basic gifts (leaves, fruit, and water) and beg for riches, success, and power in exchange. 
  • Shiva's character is described as "simple" since he happily engages in such unequal transactions, which contrasts sharply with the global economy, which requires equal value.





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