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Learning from Lord Shiva: Lessons for Technology Professionals on Maha Shivaratri

On the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivaratri, I Wish you Good Health and all the Happiness you deserve. May God Shiva bestow the Blessings of Energy, Courage, and Success to you and your family. Jay Pashupatinath!

I’m here with another blog post to highlight the learnings that everyone can learn from the personality of Lord Shiva. God Shiva is known for his diverse personality and names like “Devo ka Dev”, “Mahadev”, “Nilkanth”, “Shivaji”, “Maha Yogi” “Bholenath”, “Ardhanarishwar” and “Pashupatinath” etc. He is known as a destroyer of evil spirits and injustices. Some lessons that every technology fellow(programmer, designer, analyst, project manager, or whatever position they’re in) can learn from Shiva are listed below:

1. Tolerance and Self Control
Shiva is considered the optimum state of mind and the mind’s stability. Whatever situation we’re going through, we must control ourselves and think twice before action. Most of the time we become reactive instead of acting consciously. We should be able to handle our desires and addictions(if any) to win the battle. Focus is everything so you should keep your goal clear and your mind, as well as your heart, focused on it.

2. Research over Ignorance
Another thing you can learn from Shiva is to avoid ignorance as far as practicable. You might have seen “Ganga” flowing in Shiva’s hair which symbolizes the end of ignorance. Know the subject matter well before getting into it to be successful, be it in a project or any other task.

3. Desire, Obsession, and Destruction Theory
Unnecessary desires are the main reason behind obsessions. If your mind is thinking of an idea or there’s a thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes within, that may break your time schedules. It’s very important to stick with what’s important. The main thing must always be “The Main Thing”. Otherwise, it may lead you to a disastrous situation.

4. Respect Your Better Half
You may have seen lord Shiva’s images with half male(Shiva) and half female(Parvati). For this reason, he is also known as “Ardhanarishwar” – means half woman and half man. This symbolizes respect and cares for your counterpart. Every man should respect and care for women no matter what.

5. Materialistic Happiness is Temporary
Searching for happiness in the material world is not going to work in the long run. You need to find inner peace and a state of mind so that you can enjoy every moment happily. You can learn from Shiva’s outfit and appearance as well.

Maha Shivaratri can be considered a potent reminder of Lord Shiva’s teachings and qualities as the god of cosmic wisdom and enlightenment. His numerous influences on various facets of life are reflected in his diversified personality and naming patterns. One can gain a lot from Lord Shiva’s teachings as a technology expert, including tolerance and self-control, research over ignorance, want, obsession, and destruction theory, respect for your better half, and the fleeting nature of worldly satisfaction. We may improve ourselves and succeed in life by putting these teachings to work in both our personal and professional lives. On this auspicious occasion, let us seek Lord Shiva’s blessings and make an effort to aspire to his knowledge and teachings.

Happy Mahashivaratri!!!

The author of this blog post is a technology fellow, an IT entrepreneur, and Educator in Kathmandu Nepal. With his keen interest in Data Science and Business Intelligence, he writes on random topics occasionally in the DataSagar blog.
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