Often people think they are in control of their life, their situation, their world.
Control is an illusion.
The whole world moves according to the laws of Nature in an auspicious rhythm of innocence, intelligence, and divinity. That is Shiva.
Shiva is the eternal state of Being, the One without a second, the harmonious innocence that knows no control.
Control is Vashi - Shiva reversed. Vashi is of the mind. Vashi is weakness. Vashi is doing something by exerting unnatural pressure.
Vashi requires two, and duality is the cause of fear. Shiva, that harmonious innocence, dissolves duality.
Shiva means wholeness of the moment. When there is no regret of past, no want of future, the moment is whole and compete. Time stops, mind stops.
Excerpts from the book An Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar www.artofliving.org