There are two kinds of meditation, one on the formless God and the other on God with form. But meditation on the formless God is extremely difficult. In that meditation you must wipe out all that you see or hear. You contemplate only the nature of your Inner Self. Meditating on His Inner Self, Shiva dances about. He exclaims, "What am I! What am I!"  This is  called the 'Shiva yoga'. While practicing this form of meditation, one directs one's look to the forehead. It is meditation on the nature of one's inner self after negating the world, following the Vedantic method of 'Neti, neti'.

-Sri Ramakrishna



A small temple dedicated to Shiva in the sinuous alleys of old Varanasi. Click here to get closer and look inside.