Shiva, the supreme Indian God of Hinduism, is known as “the transformer.” He is formless, limitless and the primal soul (Skt: atman), known as the god of dance, yoga, meditation and the arts generally. He has many aspects: storm, warrior, fire, some fierce, others tranquil and benevolent.

He predates Buddha who utilized some of Shiva’s existing techniques. The most significant one he used himself in order to become enlightened sitting under the Bodhi Tree 2600 years ago – perhaps the ultimate transformation.



Shiva’s techniques, unlike the Buddha’s adaptations, are fiercely non-intellectual, so they are ideal for moving the mind from the future and the past right into the centre of the present. Shiva said ‘yes’ while Buddha said ‘no.’

By focusing on Shiva’s simple techniques the mind turns. You will be able to witness that yourself. There is no content and therefore no desire, for it is desire that distracts us away from the ‘now’ and ‘here’ to the ‘then’ and ‘there.’




Shiva taught the Tantra of Breathing. ‘Tantra’ internalizes what already is, whereas ‘Yoga’ systematizes it, changing it outwardly. There is no system or model in Shiva’s techniques. Tantra brings us to an awareness of life and of death in a subtle way; Yoga is gross by comparison.



The seed of Shiva’s Breathing is that each outgoing/down-going breath is death, while each incoming/upcoming breath is rebirth.

Breath is circular not two parallel lines which never meet; one circle is one breath.

Play with the idea of the beautiful endless circle of such breath and you will touch the depths of your body and at the same time the universe. As a by-product you be in the absolute centre of ‘now’ and ‘here’ – the seat of Truth.



Images courtesy of and Linden Thorp

Today, Shiva’s 9 Breaths, an on-going series of posts began on Nirvana Linden’s page. Please join me tomorrow for Breath 1 making sure to read the introduction too at to get the full benefit.