A Vedic prayer to Lord Shiva says:
Karpura gauram karunavataaram
Samsara saram bhujagendra haram
Sada vasantam hrdayaravinde
Bhavam bhavani sahitam namami
Pure white like camphor, an Incarnation of Compassion
The Essence of worldly existence, whose garland is the King of Serpents
Always dwelling inside the Lotus of the Heart
I bow to Lord Shiva and Divine Mother Parvati together
This most sacred festival of Lord Shiva falls on the 14th night of the new moon, during the dark half of the lunar month of Phalguna. This is sometime between February and March and this year it fell on Friday 21 February.
This is MahaShivaratri, the Great Night of Shiva.
Devotees stay awake the entire night on this auspicious night of MahaShivaratri. Some perform rituals, chant Vedic mantras, practice spiritual sadhana and meditation. These sacred practices bestow a sense of peace within us and oneness with the world, and brings a sense of deep serenity. Any meditation done on this day is a hundred times more effective.
It is also astrologically linked: when the sun and moon are in a particular alignment, it helps to elevate the mind. Ancient seers said such days were congenial for spiritual practices. According to Indian astrology, there are certain days and time frames in a year that are conducive to spiritual growth and meditation. MahaShivaratri is one such day.
MahaShivaratri is a New Year for spiritual seekers. It is considered as an auspicious day for spiritual growth and material attainment. On this night, when the constellations are in a favourable position, it is very auspicious for meditation. Hence meditating is considered to be the most important aspect to experience the Shiva tattva.
MahaShivaratri was celebrated at the ashram on the 21st of February, through the worship of Lord Shiva and Divine Mother Parvati, and the lineage of our Divine Masters.
MahaShivaratri puja at the Ashram
Let the blessings of the Lord Shiva and Divine Mother Parvati and the lineage of Kriya Gurus be upon all of us on the path to liberation.
Praying for all.
From your ashram,
Centre of Kriya Meditation - Kriya Vidya Mandir