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Erik van den Ham on February 18, 2009

Come on Kitty let's play

Brandal (dog) and shiva (cat) playing in the snow.

The cat was named after the goddess Shiva.

Wikipedia:Bahasa Indonesia

Shiva: (pronunciation: [ʃɪ.ʋə]; Sanskrit: शिव, Śiva, lit. "Auspicious one" ) is a major Hindu god, and one aspect of Trimurti. In the Shaiva tradition of Hinduism, Shiva is seen as the supreme God. In the Smarta tradition, he is one of the five primary forms of God.

Followers of Hinduism who focus their worship upon Shiva are called Shaivites or Shaivas (Sanskrit Śaiva). Shaivism, along with Vaiṣṇava traditions that focus on Vishnu, and Śākta traditions that focus on the goddess Devī are three of the most influential denominations in Hinduism.

Shiva is usually worshipped in the form of Shiva linga. In images, he is generally represented as immersed in deep meditation or dancing the Tandava upon Maya, the demon of ignorance in his manifestation of Nataraja, the lord of the dance.

In some other Hindu denominations, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva represent the three primary aspects of the divine in Hinduism and are collectively known as the Trimurti. In this school of religious thought, Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the maintainer or preserver, and Shiva is the destroyer or transformer

The Sanskrit word Shiva (Devanagari: शिव, śiva) is an adjective meaning auspicious, kind, gracious. As a proper name it means "The Auspicious One", used as a euphemistic name for Rudra. In simple English transliteration it is written either as Shiva or Siva. Pronunciation is written in the International Phonetic Alphabet as IPA: [ɕivə]. The adjective śiva meaning "auspicious" is used as an attributive epithet not particularly of Rudra, but of several other Vedic deities. In the Rig Veda, Indra uses this word to describe himself several times. (2:20:3, 6:45:17, 8:93:3)

In Tamil, Shiva literally means "the supreme one". Tamil "Siva" means Red. Adi Sankara in his interpretation of the name Shiva, the 27th and 600th name of Vishnu sahasranama interprets Shiva to mean either "The Pure One", the One who is not affected by three Gunas of Prakrti, Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas or "the One who purifies everyone by the very utterance of His name." Swami Chinmayananda, in his translation of Vishnu sahasranama further elaborates on that verse: Shiva means the One who is eternally pure, or the One who can never have any contamination of the imperfection of Rajas and Tamas.

The Sanskrit word śaiva means "relating to the God Shiva", and this term is the Sanskrit name both for one of the principal sects of Hinduism, and for a member of one of those sects. It is used as an adjective to characterize certain beliefs and practices, such as Shaivism.

The name Shiva, in one interpretation, is also said to have derived from the Dravidian word “Siva” meaning “to be red”. It is the equivalent of Rudra, “the red” RigVeda.

Siva's role as the primary deity of Shaivism is reflected in his epithets Mahādeva ("great god"; mahā = great + deva = god), Maheśhvara ("great lord"; mahā = great + īśhvara = lord),and Parameśhvara ("Supreme Lord").

There are at least eight different versions of the Shiva Sahasranama, devotional hymns (stotras) listing many names of Shiva.[19] The version appearing in Book 13 (Anuśāsanaparvan) of the Mahabharata is considered the kernel of this tradition. Shiva also has Dasha-Sahasranamas (10,000 names) that are found in the Mahanyasa. The Shri Rudram Chamakam, also known as the Śatarudriya, is a devotional hymn to Shiva hailing him by many names.

Frank Knaap on February 19, 2009

Ow, dat is een mooie actie- Erik, versteend in de tijd!


Nona Yvette on February 19, 2009

Erik, are you sure they're just playing around instead of fighting? Nice action, and a creative title...

Btw, the name Brandal in Bahasa means: naughty or badly behaved.

Nona on February 19, 2009

Hello Erik, very good action-photo.

Greetings Stefan

D.R.Lamont on February 20, 2009

nice set! I am a cat person, so of course I am cheering for Shiva.

Frank Knaap on February 20, 2009


Brandal also means GANSTER. (ok, Nona?) And the name of my dog is MAFIA.

Erik van den Ham on February 21, 2009

Hello Nona yes they did. But I guess Shiva wasn't to happy by how rough **Brandal was playing. Even so she never got mean to him and hit him or scratch his head.

Hallo Stefan thanks for your kind comment.

She really is a friendly cat , Don always taking care of others, like a real mother should (and she is).

Frank although form an other family, perhaps these two crooks can be partners in crime than

A.Capone aka Erik

Nona Yvette on February 21, 2009

Naughty boy, playing rough to his mother Ok, the name of Brandal means naughty and gangster and Shiva in Sanskrit means kind..well, definitely suitable names for them :))


Alina Sbitneva on August 25, 2011

:) Interesting scene!

LIKE Alina

Erik van den Ham on August 25, 2011

Thank you once more Alina it was so wonderful to watch these two play in the snow. Happy you Like this scene.

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