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The Celebration of Shivaratri - Significance and Practice


Shivaratri is the festival or celebration of completeness, when we as bhaktas or devotees of the truth have an opportunity to merge our individual consciousness into that supreme universal consciousness. 

The energy available on the night of Shivaratri is like a gateway to experiencing the reality or ultimate realisation of who we are, why we are here, where we are going and what our purpose is here on this earth. Though in order to realise this and have the personal experience of knowing our truth, connection with the source of all, it’s necessary to prepare. We do this through fasting on the day of Shivaratri and keeping our thoughts pure and actions humble, and dedicate our mind to Shiva who represents universal consciousness through the practice of meditation. 

In the period of days or weeks leading up to the celebration we should meditate every day on Shiva and ask for the blessing to clear away all the debris that we’ve accumulated throughout the past year. All the little resentments, hurts and pains that we've been holding onto. All of that has become our negative thinking, and it gets in the way of experiencing the true bliss and understanding of our own true nature. 

The purpose of Shivaratri celebration and the reason we come together to meditate and seek the blessings of Mahadev (Lord Shiva), is in part due to the particularly powerful constellation whereby the energy of Shiva is more available for us to imbibe, absorb and help us transcend to a higher level of awareness. The energy of Shiva means the awakening of pure consciousness, however, our present state of purification governs largely how much we are able to achieve and receive on this night. 

It is recommended to be very receptive, to make oneself very receptive for that day, then your own experience will give you the realisation, the knowledge…

There is no end to Shiva and what Shiva has created and given to mankind, all knowledge has it’s essence in Shiva, to worship Shiva means to come to the source of everything. When you come to the source of everything naturally everything else is left aside or cast away, so this Shivaratri is here to help us become more free. 

The mantra we chant while performing abhishek at the shiva temple is:
Om tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ pushtivardhanam ǀ
urvārukamiva bandhanān mrityormukshīya mā'mratāt ǁ

My adoration to the three eyed God Shiva, who is omnipresent.  May He bless us and nature with health. May His blessings free us and lead us to immortality.

Shivaratri 7th March 2016, 7.30pm
Yoga in Daily Life Brisbane.