Karnataka, India, 7th Mar 2013 - 13th Mar 2013
Shivaratri means ‘the night of Shiva’ and is observed in honor of Lord Shiva (The meditative aspect of the Universe).
‘Shiva’ reversed is Vashi. Vashi means control. Control is of the mind. Control also means weakness. One is not doing something naturally but exerting pressure. Control is an illusion. Control is a temporary exertion of energy in the mind. That is Vashi. Shiva is opposite. Shiva is the permanent and eternal source of energy, the eternal state of Being, the One without a second.
‘Ratri’ means that which gives rest, takes you into its lap and comfort. Night is always comforting, all activities have stopped, everything is quiet, peaceful, environment becomes quiet, body gets tired and goes to sleep. Shivaratri is a rest which is so deep! When the mind, intellect and ego rests in the Divine that is the real rest. Ratri has a different meaning actually – that which gives relief from the three types of problems is Ratri. What are the three things? Shanti, Shanti, Shanti: Peace to the body, to the mind and to the soul - Adhyatmik, Adibhoutik and Adidaivik. Three types of peace are needed; one is material peace, if there is disturbance around you, you cannot sit and stay peaceful. You need peace in your environment, and you need peace in the body and mind. Third thing is peace in the soul. You may have peace in the atmosphere, you may enjoy health in the body, to an extent peace in the mind, but if the soul is restless, nothing can comfort. So that peace is also essential. Only in the presence of all the three types of peace can there be complete peace. Without one, the other is incomplete. Shivaratri is transcendental, divine consciousness which brings solace to all layers of consciousness. Resting in the Shiva tatva is Shivaratri.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Shivaratri AMC with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bangalore Ashram
Program dates : March 7th – 11th 2013
Eligibility : Part-1 / YES!+
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