linga – the phallic symbol of the ultimate being

The sage of mAnasatarangiNI has already noted the phallic origin of the linga here, as described in several purANa-s. Hindus need not be coy about how the linga and the yoni originated according to some of the purANa-s, or about their consequent immediate association with the male and female genitals. This need not negatively affect their adoration – such maturity is expected of shaiva-s. As far as they are concerned, it is but a symbol.
In padmottarakhaNDa (citation from kalpadruma):
जगाम बामदेवेन यत्रास्ते वृषभध्वजः ॥
गृहद्वारमुपागम्य शङ्करस्य महात्मनः ।
शूलहस्तं महारौद्रं नन्दिं दृष्ट्वाब्रवीद्द्विजः ॥
संप्राप्तो हि भृगुर्विप्रो हरं द्रष्टुं सुरोत्तमम् ।
निवेदयस्व मां शीघ्रं शङ्कराय महात्मने ॥
तस्य तद्वचनं श्रुत्वा नन्दी सर्व्वगणेश्वरः ।
उवाच परुषं वाक्यं महर्षिममितौजसम् ॥
असान्निध्यः प्रभोस्तस्य देव्या क्रीडति शङ्करः ।
निवर्त्तस्व निवर्त्तस्व यदि जीवितुमिच्छसि ॥
एवं निराकृतस्तेन तत्रातिष्ठन्महातपाः ।
बहूनि दिवसान्यस्मिन् गृहद्वारे मुनीश्वरः ॥
ततः क्रोधसमाविष्टो भृगुः प्रोवाच शङ्करम् ।
विनष्टस्तमसारूढो मां न जानाति शङ्करः ॥
नारीसङ्गममत्तोऽसौ यस्मान्मामवमन्यते ।
योनिलिङ्गस्वरूपं वै रूपं तस्माद्भविष्यति ॥
ब्राह्मणं मां न जानाति तमसा चाप्युपागतः ।
अब्रह्मण्यत्वमापन्नो न पूज्योऽसौ द्बिजन्मनाम् ॥
तस्मान्न जलमन्नन्तु तस्मै दत्तं हविस्तथा ।
शिवस्यान्नं जलञ्चैव पत्रं पुष्पं फलादिकम् ॥
निर्म्माल्यमस्य चाग्राह्यं भविष्यति न संशयः ॥
एवं शप्त्वा महातेजाः शङ्करं लोकपूजितम् ।
उवाच गणमत्युग्रं नन्दिं शूलधरं नृप ! ॥
रुद्रभक्ताश्च ये लोके भस्मलिङ्गास्थिधारिणः ।
ते पाषण्डत्वमापन्ना वेदवाह्या भवन्ति वै ॥
एवं शप्त्वा मुनिस्तत्र रुद्रं त्रिपुरहन्तकम् ।
जगाम ब्रह्मलोकं वै सर्व्वलोकनमस्कृतम् ॥”
 इति पाद्मोत्तरखण्डीयाष्ठसप्ततितमाध्यायात्सङ्कलितम् ॥
The linga-purANa gives an account that does not allude to body parts. Quoting from here:

The sages asked Sutji— Lord Shiva is formless then how come Shiva Linga is worshipped? What is the significance of Shiva Linga? What is the proper method of worshipping a Shiva Linga ?

Sutji replied— Once, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu developed serious different on the matter of superiority. A tremendous duel broke out between them. As they were fighting a mammoth Linga appeared on the scence, the effulgence of which made efforts both of them amazed.Both of them decided to find out the origin of that divine Linga. Lord Brahma transformed his appearance into that of a swan and flew up in the sky to determine the height of that Linga. Lord Vishnu transformed himself into a roar and entered the depth of earth to find the source of that Shiva Linga. But both of them failed in their objectives and returned to the same place exhausted.

Suddenly, they heard a loud sound of AUM emanating from the Shiva Linga. Very soon, the whole form of OM, consisting of all the three letters A, U and M became visible. (The letters A, U and M symbolize Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh respectively).

At last, both of them realized their mistake and stopped quarrelling. This way, Lord Shiva was successful in subduing their arrogance.Lord Rudra is beyond sensual perception. He is the supreme Almighty and the bestowers of divine bliss. The mystical form of Shivalinga is a symbolical expression of sacred mantra-AUM. The letter A symbolizes Beeja (Seed), M the creator himself and U is the symbolical expression of Yoni (Vagina).

Lord Rudra is beyond sensual perception. He is the supreme Almighty and the bestowers of divine bliss. The mystical form of Shivalinga is a symbolical expression of sacred mantra-AUM. The letter A symbolizes Beeja (Seed), M the creator himself and U is the symbolical expression of Yoni (Vagina).

SanatkumAra samhitA describes the linga used to denote other deities (shiva and viShNu) as well (shankaranArAyaNan here).

लिङ्गस्य स्थापनायां चापि एष एव विधिक्रमः।
लिङ्गं तु त्रिविधं प्रोक्तं ब्राह्मं शाङ्करमेव च।।
वैष्णवं च त्रिदैवञ्च चतुर्थं परिकीर्तितम्।
मूलस्थूलं भवेद्ब्राह्मं शिरस्स्थूलं तु शाङ्करम्।।
वैष्णवं समवृत्तं च धारालिङ्गं तथैव च।
बहुबेरविधाने तु न च निर्माल्यकुल्यका।।
सनत्कुमारसंहिता, ब्राह्मरात्रम्, 6.50-53
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