Consciousness - the state of Shiva has to be understood. Everyone cannot learn it directly. It is like trying to reach the terrace without climbing any staircase. The terrace contains space. To reach that space high above, one has to climb a stairway, constructed in space. The worship of Bhairava in name and form is like climbing stairs.
Shiva says that for those whose intellect is not fully developed, the various names and forms of God are given, watching their tendencies. The names and forms can be fierce or loving images, just as harsh words are used at times to frighten children or the mother cajoling the child into a discipline with sweets. The name and form of idol worship is meant to coax the person to meditate on consciousness with an idol placed before him.
- (Picture: With village children at Ukhimath, Himalayas). - Swahilya Shambavi.
(Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Tirumandiram, email@example.com)