Third Eye

Shiva has always been referred to as Triambaka because he has a third
eye. The third eye does not mean someone’s forehead cracked and
something came out! It simply means another dimension of perception
has opened up. The two eyes can see only that which is physical. If I just
cover them with my hand, they cannot look beyond that. That is how
limited they are. If the third eye opens, it means another dimension
of perception, which is inward-looking and looks at life completely
differently, has opened up and everything that can be perceived is
If your perception has to evolve and enhance itself, the most important
thing is that your energy has to evolve and enhance itself. The whole
process of yoga is to evolve and refine your energies in such a way
that your perception is enhanced and the third eye opens. The third
eye is the eye of vision. The two physical eyes are just sensory organs.
They feed the mind with all kinds of nonsense, because what you
see is not the truth. You see this person or that person and you think
something about him, but you are not able to see the Shiva in him. You
see things the way it is necessary for your survival. Another creature
sees it another way, as is necessary for its survival. This is why we say
this world is maya. Maya means it is illusory. We are not saying that existence is illusory. We are only saying the way you are perceiving
it is illusory. So another eye, an eye of deeper penetration, has to be
opened up. The third eye means your perception has gone beyond the
dualities of life. You are able to see life just the way it is, not just the
way that is necessary for your survival.