I now have a complete Hindu name, Tāṇḍava Nadesan

Shiva at the centre of samsara

I previously wrote about receiving my Hindu first name, Tandava. Well, I have now received the second name. Bodhinatha could wanted to wait until I had chosen my first name rather than Satguru choosing both together to ensure that they both went well together.

Hinduism has no rule about  choosing a Hindu name, but the Himalayan Academy recommends it as part of the spiritual journey. Bodhinatha Veylanswami gave me a choice of three suitable second names, and after some contemplation I selceted Nadesan.

Nadesan is a Tamil name for Shiva as the Lord of the cosmic dance of creation and destruction. In devanagari it is written नदेसन्.  The names together, Tāṇḍava Nadesan, have a pleasing sound. The meanings mesh too, for me it gives the impression of spiraling in from samsara, the changing universe, to God at the centre. This represents the spiritual journey we are all making.

Aum Shivaya
Tāṇḍava Nadesan (ताण्डव नदेसन्)

Image from flicr and tagged with the creative commons license.

11 responses to “I now have a complete Hindu name, Tāṇḍava Nadesan

  1. Yay mate now you know who you are 🙂 j/k

    So are you going the whole 9 yards and officially changing your name or are you only using the name for religious purposes and keeping your given name as legal?

  2. Congratulations…
    Why Tandava? It’s pretty action oriented

  3. शाबाश तण्दव !

  4. Hi, Congratulations on your new Second name.
    Nadesan is quite common name in Tamilnadu and it means ‘He who dances or Dancing Eesan (shiva in Tamil)’, if my Tamil is doing me right.
    I have been following your site with interest. Though myself a born hindu from Tamil Nadu, I find the details on hinduism presented in your blog is new and informative to me.Thanks
    If you are easy with Tamil devotional music, try the below link
    It is a collection of songs composed by Gopalakrishna Bharati based on the famous story of Nandanar ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandanar) who was a social outcaste and an ardent devotee of Lord Siva of Chidambaram (Thillai), a clear lesson and example of Siva’s divine and dispassionate grace.

  5. Agni (अग्नि)

    नमस्ते ताण्डव,

    Congratulations! And welcome to सनातन धर्म.

    ॐ नमः शिवाय

  6. Congratulations!

  7. Congratulations on the beautiful name! I have a good friend here in BC who considers himself also Shaiva. I have been converted to the Gaudiya Vaishnava school via an organisation called Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math (SCS Math) and unfortunately the act of taking on Vaishnava names is not a practice. One can receive a Vaishnava name when one takes the vow of harinama diksha, or initiation.

    Anyways, Vaishnava or Shaiva, Smarta or Shakta, Arya Samaji or Brahma Kumari, good luck on your spiritual path! I look forward for the day when the whole world realises the greatness and wonderful, universal principles that we espouse now, originated in Sanatana Dharma! 😀 God bless, Om Namo Shivaya!

  8. Welcome to Sanatan Dharm, Thandav…As you may have understood already, ultimately the Dharm is about realizing one’s unity with everything around oneself…As Bhakta Prahalad reminded his father Hiranyakashupu (in Tamizh): Thoondilum Irupaar, Thurumbilum Irupaar, which means He is in this giant iron pillar, he is also in the smallest speck of dust…May your journey be enlightening and peaceful.

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