Originally Posted by ajay00
Both Krishna and Rama are seen to be worshipping the Shivalingam.
In the ancient Guruvayur temple, it is stated that one must visit the Mammiyur Shiva temple before visiting the Sri Krishna Guruvayur temple, as Krishna's Ishtadevata is considered to be Shivalingam. In the ancient Sri Rama temple nearby in Triprayar, one similarly ought to visit the Melthrikovil Shiva temple before visiting the Sri Rama temple as Rama's Ishtadevata is the Shivalingam.
Similarly, in Rameshwaram, as per tradition, Rama is said to have built the Shiva temple with Shivalingam. The Shivalingam over there is also known as Ramanathaswamy, which mean's Rama's Lord Shiva, 'Natha' meaning Lord.
Rameshwaram means Rama's Eshwar or Rama's God Shiva.
The Shiva temple at Rameshwaram is also one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples, with Jyoti meaning light and Linga meaning mark, that is, a mark of light.
This is exactly what the Brahmakumaris state of Shiva being a point of light.
. This is also what the Vedic teachings in the Atharva Veda says, as emphasized by Swami Vivekananda and the Shiva Puranas too.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living Foundation, also emphasizes this fact....
let me try something here.... Last ditch attempt before I say "okay, whatever you say, I will believe anything you say to make you feel less insecure".
From where do we get the story of the 12 Jyotirlingams?
Do we get it from the Vedas? From Sruti?
Of course not!
The story of the 12 Jyotirlingams comes primarily from the Linga and Skanda Puranas
The Puranas are not Sruti, they are Smriti.
You have previously discounted the Puranas as not being true or accurate because only the Vedas are the true source of all knowledge.
You said that the Puranas are wrong because they describe the being you call "Shankar" as being Lord Shiva himself.
So, are you now saying that only that part of the Puranas is wrong but everything else is correct and should be taken as true wisdom?
Do you even know the stories behind ALL the 12 Jyotir Lingams as I do?
Who is to say that any mortal human can get to pick and choose between all the Puranic narratives going "this one is true, but that one is a load of bull?"
From where is that authority obtained?
Aum Namah Shivaya