Revered as one of the auspicious days, Mahashivratri brings deep rest to the mind and spirit. When your mind and spirit get uplifted and blossom, then you transcend everything to reach that ultimate state of being – Shiva.
What is Shivaratri or Mahashivaratri?
Celebrating the Shiva Tattva within us is Shivratri. Mahashivaratri is the day of Shiva – the meditative aspect of the entire universe. It is omnipresent, omnipotent, and the most benevolent divinity. But, Shiva is not a person. It is that principle which is the summum bonum of the whole creation and pervades the entire universe. This principle, called Shiva Tattva, is the quintessence of life, and is present deep within every living being.
But, we forget that this power is there within us. Mahashivratri is to remind us to take refuge in Shiva – the peace, infinity, beauty, and non-dual one. You take refuge in Shiva because your true nature is Shiva. Celebrating the Shiva Tattva in oneself is the essence of Mahashivratri.
We celebrate the Shiva Tattva by going deep within us, meditating, and rejoicing in the Shiva energy. Mahashivratri is not just the time for rest of the body, but also for the mind, and ego. The tradition is to stay awake. Shivratri is a wake-up call for the whole world to move towards beauty, love, and truth, and away from conflict.
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There are certain days and time frames in a year when one’s mental health and spiritual faculties are enhanced, and Mahashivratri is one such precious day.
Mahashivratri is a day that honors the Shiva Tattva – the consciousness permeating the whole universe, including ourselves. The special orientation of constellations on this night makes it easy for us to meditate and experience the Shiva energy in us. So, it is an ideal day to turn inwards, meditate and celebrate.
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