Monday, February 28, 2011
Shivaratri-an interlude to nourish the self
Shiva is our truest self-the real self-our inner most core and Shivaratri, the transcendental night or a night of wakefulness. Thus traditionally it is celebrated to awaken our universal consciousness or transecend the self to higher conscious.
Shivaratri usually celebrated in or around the month of March.At this time of year the Sun stays in Northern horizon that makes the life sustaining sun power or life force energy helpful to build health.Thus this time of the year acts as the conducive time to cleanse the system and to uplift the Shiva Tattva of ours- the self.
As the Shivaratri is celebrated in spring when the earth revolution and position of the Sun too aid the restoration programme on earth. That is why the arrival of spring is cheered by us as festive season and nature replenishes itself anew after wintry earth.
On the night of Shivaratri - inner rest that is the cessation of thoughts and creation of stillness inside brings physiological and psychological functions at best of ease.
It is perfect time to undertake and experience the inner rest(Samadhi-a state of witness mode that is detachment) as it acts as cleanser and rejuvenation mechanisms for the body and mind.
On Shivaratri- the whole universe the sky and earth- the day and night-the male and female aspects of the body(mind and body)-can be brought in harmony concentrating on Shiva Tattva– the Ekalinga-the Atma- the Self.
Shiva also known as god of destruction and Shivaratri we celebrate in the spring .It is the season of replenishment- a time to shed or destruct all inhibitions, negativities and illnesses-by supporting ourselves with fasting, japa(Om Namah Shivay)and right food.
Shiva –the Shankara, San-who gives peace and bestows boon and Kara-the one who does good.
Shivaratri is the time to surrender ourselves to Shiva Tattva (to uplift the self)-so we can save ourselves from the Tandava (the emotional outbursts) and the dance of conscious(thoughts) which often lead us to indecision and fall in life. The emotional upheaval ruins the health.
To strengthen the mind and body, it is the perfect time to surrender the self to Lord Shiva-the permanent and eternal source of our being –the self.
In the stillness of real self the union of transcendental Shiva(the mind)and Shakti(the body)-the primordial and dynamic energy is a strengthening exercise.
Supported by fasting (fasting helps to detoxify the body) the simple chanting of mantra-“Om Namah Shivah”(which cleanses and aligns the body chakras) helps in strengthening the vitality.
It is time to realize the harmony(the brahmn) in all dual aspects of our body-matter(physical body)and energy(mind), prakriti(nature,earth, body) and purusha(universe,sky,mind,spirit)-drava(substance,flesh,body)-guna(nature, behavior, quality).
The festive night of awareness i.e. Shivaratri beckons us to work on our superlative conscious by destructing the inertia and giving away the passivity of self.
So the Shiva(the real self) inside us perpetually work to its fullest, supported by Satyam(abiding the truth)and Sundaram(in the superlative of self). Let’s invoke it inside us –so we can give our best to all our efforts.
Lord Shiva-the Adi Guru-the Ancient Yogi-who bestows peace and good –let’s stay with us forever!
Om Namah Shivay!