‘Shiva, we should note, is not simply the name of a Hindu deity. Shiva, which means “that which is auspicious,” refers to the ultimately auspicious effect of our contact with the unknown, the nameless, the great mystery, what is beyond all limitation.
In this regard, Shiva has no name and also an infinite number of names. Every name is a name of Shiva and yet he remains inexpressible and indescribable. Chanting the name of Shiva means going beyond all identities. It is the resonance of the cosmic silence.
It is this inner reality of Shiva that we need to understand, not simply Shiva as a religious deity or cultural form.’
~ Shiva: The Lord of Yoga, Dr. David Frawley