The Story of Shiva’s Third Eye and Its Hidden Symbolism

When Shiva Opened

His Third Eye

There is a story about how Shiva opened his third eye.

There was a god of love and lust called Kamadeva. Kama means lust. Lust is something that most people do not like to face head on. You want some aesthetics around it, so you make it love!

The story goes that Kama hid behind a tree and shot an arrow at Shiva’s heart. Shiva got a little disturbed. So he opened his third eye, which is a fiery eye, and burnt Kama to ashes. This is the story that is generally told to everyone.

But please ask yourself, does your lust arise within you or behind a tree? It arises within you, of course. Lust is not just about the opposite sex. Every desire is lust, whether it is for sexuality, power or position.

Lust essentially means there is a sense of incompleteness within you, a longing for something that makes you feel, “If I don't have that, I am not complete.”

Shiva’s Third Eye: The Yogic Dimension

Based on this, the story of Shiva and Kama has a yogic dimension to it.

Shiva was working towards Yoga, which means he was not just working towards being complete, but towards being limitless.

Shiva opened his third eye and saw Kama, his own lust, coming up and burnt it.

Ash slowly oozed out of his body, showing that everything within was laid to rest for good.

By opening up the third eye, he perceived a dimension within himself which is beyond the physical, and all the compulsions of the physical dropped away.

What is Shiva’s Third Eye?

The third eye refers to an eye which can see that which is not physical. If you look at your hand, you can see it because it stops and reflects light. You cannot see the air because it does not stop light. But if there was a little smoke in the air, you would be able to see it because you can see only that which stops light. You cannot see anything that allows light to pass through. This is the nature of the two sensory eyes.

The sensory eyes can grasp that which is physical. When you want to see something that is not physical in nature, the only way to look is inward. When we refer to the “third eye”, we are symbolically talking about seeing something that the two sensory eyes cannot see.

The sensory eyes are outward-oriented. The third eye is to see your interiority – the nature of yourself and your existence. It is not some extra appendage or crack in your forehead. That dimension of perception through which one can perceive that which is beyond the physical is referred to as the third eye.

Shiva Eye Shell Jewelry

What it is and why we love wear it

The Eye of Shiva, sometimes also called Shiva Shell or Pacific Cat’s Eye is a natural gem stone that comes from the ocean.

So what is a Shiva Eye Shell?

Delicate and subtle, Shiva Eye is a natural gemstone that comes from the shallow tropical waters of south-east Asia, formed by the Turban snail to act as a protective door at the opening of its shell. The colour of the ocean gem's swirl can vary, but the shell is always white or pale. As the snail’s life comes to an end, the shell detaches and sinks to the seabed. 

It is also recognized as mermaids’ money, it is thought to be a lucky charm for the fishermen.

The name of Shiva Eye is kept after Lord Shiva, which is a major Indian God worshipped not only in India but also in various other countries of this world.

Moreover, Lord Shiva has the third eye on the centre of the forehead, which in this case is linked to the Shiva Eye gem stone. The gem is thought to open the third eye of a person, which is known to look towards the inside world, instead of the outside world that are perceived through our 2 'normal eyes'.

As it gives us the vision of the third eye, it is believed to enhance the wearer’s intuition and understanding. It is a stone which is associated with life history and successful flow. It can be used for meditation better understanding of the self.

It is considered throughout the world to be a lucky charm. This is the legend of Shiva eye…. Wearing it in the form of a jewel or keeping it in your purse will ward off the evil eye. We offer you such operculums mounted on rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants and necklace made with the finest 925 Sterling Silver..

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Updated on January 2024
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