Today is the Maha Shivaratri and it is a public holiday here in Nepal. I am celebrating this festival every year, by visiting Pashupatinath temple and worshipping. Actually, I never knew why it is a public holiday here. I know thousands of pilgrims come to visit Pashupatinath considering it as a special day. This festival carries its origins to several beliefs, one of them is a celebration of Shiva and Parvati’s marriage to each other in other hand Shivratri is celebrated as the day when Shiva saved the world from the pot of poison that emerged from the ocean during Samudra Manthan. I enjoyed going to Pashupatinath Temple every year on this day as a volunteer.
Just like past few years, I went to the Pashupatinath Temple for volunteering. The job was to distribute lunch to the sadhus coming from all over the world. The lunch was getting ready, I sat with the sadhus talking with them. I saw a couple of sadhus who were looking like European, came to Nepal to celebrate Maha Shivaratri. At that time I decided, I am a born Hindu and I don’t know the exact meaning of this day, and what would I say if a foreigner asked me about this festival. I decided, when I return home I will search for it and find out what Maha Shivaratri exactly is.
Shivaratri simply means the fourteenth day of a month, one day before no moon day (the darkest day of the month in the existence of the moon). There are twelve Shivaratri in a year but the Shivaratri that appears in February-March is known as Maha Shivaratri. It is considered as the most valuable day because there is a particular upwards pull on the northern hemisphere of the earth. Because of that every human being and every living thing experiences a certain upsurge of energies within themselves. This upsurge of energies can be truly made use of only by those creatures who have the spine erect.
If we look at the evolutionary development, we will notice that moving from invertebrate to vertebrates is one significant step and another significant step a spine moving from horizontal position to vertical position which is the true development of the brain happened only after the spine became vertical.
On the Maha Shivaratri day, where there’s the natural upsurge of energies keeping the spine vertical throughout the night which has immense benefits. This is a day which facilitates your journey towards the opening of your third eye or deeper dimension of perception for yourself only what you perceive you truly experience rest is just hallucinatory.
If you are only going to meditate once a year let it be tonight. The planets align in such a way which creates strong vibration for the Energy of Shiva. let him eat away all old karma and blockages for your divine path manifest in all its glory. The chant Om Namah Shivaya and pray that you will see through the illusion of Maya and attain enlightenment. Lord Shiva will gladly destroy all the bad things you are willing to release so you can shine your light even stronger. Meditation tonight is worth thousands of hours of meditation on normal days.
Happy Maha Shivaratri – The great night of Lord Shiva! Happy meditation, Om Namah Shivaya!