In the book Śiva-Tattva, Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja brilliantly clarifies the holy Hindu trinity: Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva. Empowered by his spiritual masters in the disciplic succession of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava tradition, he reveals the conclusive truth (tattva) of Lord Śiva’s original position and gives us a look at his endearing and affectionate nature.
The many intriguing historical narrations herein, all from authoritative Vedic literatures, are interwoven with conclusive philosophy. In this way, Śiva-Tattva reveals the beautiful harmony in Lord Śiva’s apparently contradictory qualities. He is the destroyer and simultaneously the ingredient cause of creation. He is the predominating deity of the mode of ignorance and simutaneously the reservoir of absolute knowledge. He is the clever cheater and at the same time the giver of mercy. His associates are ghosts, hobgoblins and witches, and at the same time he associates with the most exalted demigods and sages, and even God Himself.