Contrary to the popular dogmatic belief that a linga itself is the Shiva, Yogi Vemana came up with an outstanding poem that ‘People think stones as Shiva. Stones are stones but not Shiva. How one can’t know the Shiva within them?’ So, what actually did the Brahma Sutra’s that strange fountain lines that were carved on a Linga represent? Are they saying anything mysterious? Instead of being superstitious, let’s just look at the meaning behind it.
In the language of Sanskrit, there are various kinds of Sutras or Strings convey various forms of applied knowledge that has been handed down to every civilization through Saints. Sutra is also called as a formula and it conveys a long message in a short form. I.e a short form cant be lengthened. In the grammar of Sanskrit by Panini, or in the yoga sutras of Patanjali, or Vaiveshika sutras by saint Kanada, they all speak of various facets of knowledge which is interrelated to all aspects of enlightenment, when deeply studied.
Modern science is boasting that it’s the first time that they discovered the string theory which the minute particle in the universe is a vibrating string within an atom and that string is vibrating in eleven dimensions. Yet this can be known through the observer collapsing the wave function, which in turn, the Drashta within a human collapsing the energy wave. The shiva within – the god within – the observer is doing that whether you know it or not. So, as per my point of view, the Brahma Sutra on a Shiva Linga is to depict that science and the divine way to know its significance. And perhaps that’s why people say ‘when you behold a linga with a Brahmasutra, what you focus on, will be multiplied by a billion times. This means, when knowing that the observer in them is manifesting, one must be responsible and righteous over their intent and actions. What you intentionally give forth, you’ll receive it back a billionfold.
-Viswanath Venkat Dasari