This Ardhnarishvara yoga poster
created especially for teaching is based on the Ardhnarishvara
2 painting by Pieter Weltevrede, that is also available
as a poster without texts.
The poster gives a general
introduction to Arhnraishvara as well as an explanation for
the main attributes of this deity :
"The Hindu deities Shiva
and Shakti constitute this hermaphroditic deity that is half
male, half female.
This deity shows that truth is not only available from either
the male or the female side.
Truth needs both approaches, ratio and intuition, thought
sun and moon, introspection and action.
Male, Solar, Rational
Female, Lunar, Emotional
symbolizes purity and beauty.
As individual Consciousness,
it grows in the mud of Life
but remains unstained by it.
is used to control the elephant of Intellect
which can be overly independent ,
moving in its own intoxication of knowledge.
represents the conquered mind.
as formed by one hand of Shiva,
are the tamed passions.
symbolizes the balance
of the forces of creation,
destruction, as well as that
of the 3 aspects of consciousness :
cognition, conation and affection.