1.      God of paradox Dharma & moksha.  Householder & ascetic

a.       Transformation of the ascetic ideal: assimilated into the householder ideology (ashramas; Gita)

b.      The emphasis in Shaivism is on asceticism, but it developes in ways that assert both asceticism and householding as two parts of a dynamic process that sustains the entire universe.

c.       A union of opposites.