The Dance of Shiva

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Our Lord is the Dancer, who, like the heat latent in firewood, diffuses His power in mind and matter, and makes them dance in their turn.

Creation arises from the drum: protection proceeds from the hand of hope: from fire proceeds destruction: the foot held aloft gives release. It will be observed that the fourth hand points to this lifted foot, the refuge of the soul.

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