God's Incarnation and His Medium
All men, except perhaps the hard core atheists, at the time of a calamity or in the state of disquiet or some sort of grief, look up to God for help. They pray to Him thus: “O Lord, our Redeemer, O Thou purifier of sinful souls, the Remover of sufferings and the Bestower of Happiness, our most propitious Father, have mercy on us. Come and liberate us from this incarceration. O Kindly Light, lead us out of the whirl of vices, back to our Sweet Home!” Such prayers are a token of the fact that there was a time in the remote past, when God, the Merciful Father, descended into this world and salvaged the souls from the ocean of vices and bestowed peace and prosperity on them. It is because of His having done some supreme good to mankind by incarnating in this world that He is worshipped even today through His image, the ‘Shivlinga’. It is because of His having given peace to mankind by descending in a corporeal medium in this world that His advent into this world of mortals is sought again and again and is commemorated every year on the occasion of what is known as ‘Shiva Ratri’ and people daily sing very highly of Him and His deeds.
But, even those who celebrate Shiva Ratri and worship Him zealously have little knowledge of how the Incorporeal God Father Shiva, who is regarded as ever above the cycle of birth, death and re-birth, incarnates into this world and brings about the welfare and renovation of mankind. We can say it on the basis of our own experiences that if man assimilates the interesting and beneficial knowledge of this supernatural birth of God, the knowledge which God Shiva Himself has revealed to us, he can surely rise from a debased sinner into a highly purified man. He can change himself from an estranged and orphaned soul into a God-embraced and Godblessed one, from a powerless human being into a doublycrowned deity of heaven.