Offer Sankalpa to get soaked in the Shiva Tatva
Experience Celebration, Meditation & Transformation – Amalgamation in Maha Shivaratri Celebrations with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the Art of Living International Center, Bangalore.
Maha Shivaratri falls on the 13th (or 14th) day of the dark half of Phalgun (February-March).Shivratri means ‘The Night of Shiva’ and is observed in honour of Lord Shiva (The meditative aspect of the Universe).According to the legend from Shivapurana, when Shiva was asked by Parvathi what pleases him most, He is supposed to have replied thus:
The 14th night of the new moon, in the dark fortnight during the month of phalgun, is my most favorite day. It is known as Shivratri.
This day brings deep rest to the mind and the spirit. It is celebrated with Rudrabhishekam (singing of the ancient Vedic mantras which is accompanied with a ceremony of washing the Shiva Linga with milk, curd, honey, rose water, etc).
It is like a new year for a sadhak (seeker). It is considered as an auspicious day for spiritual growth and material attainment.
CELEBRATING THE SHIVA TATTVA IN ONESELF IS CALLED SHIVARATRI.
‘RATRI’ MEANS NIGHT, THE TIME FOR REST, WHEN EVERYTHING BECOMES QUIET AND PEACEFUL.
SHIVARATRI IS NOT ONLY REST FOR BODY, BUT FOR MIND AND ‘EGO’.
– GURUDEV SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR
UNDERSTANDING SHIVA TATVA
Shiva is the meditative aspect of the entire Universe. Shiva pervades the entire Universe. He is in every atom of the Universe.Shiva is the one energy that manifests itself in endless forms.
Albert Einstein once said, “Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be changed from one form to another.” That energy, which changes from one form to another, is called Shiva.
Three Types of Peace
Every individual needs to rest, and needs peace. There are three types of peace that one requires; one is material peace, if there is disturbance around you, one cannot sit and stay peaceful. One needs peace in your environment. The second is the peace in the body and mind. Third thing is peace in the soul.
Attaining Complete Peace
One may have peace in the atmosphere and 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. Shivarathri is transcendental, divine consciousness which brings solace to all layers of existence. Resting in Shiva tatva, is called Shivrathri.