Om Namah Shivaya: it means that I honour the divinity that resides in me. Lord of the lords, Lord Shiva, is worthy of exploration by the earnest spiritual seekers. Personification of anger, yet calm and collected above all! The festival of Mahashivaratri is the darkest night of the year, which celebrates the grace of Shiva, from whom the yogic tradition originates. Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS), a non-government, non-profit and a socio-spiritual organization, whose Head and Founder is His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, organized an event on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivaratri from 21th – 25th February, 2017 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Sadhvi Richa Bharti Ji, being a spiritual discourser of the event, addressed the audience.
In the course of her spiritual address, the learned Sadhvi Ji took the opportunity to spread the yogic teachings from the life of Shiva and successfully convinced each and every unit of the audience to embrace such yogic traditions. The program commenced with the sincere prayer at the lotus feet of Lord Shiva. The series of devotional songs tuned with thought-provoking lyrics compelled the audience to realize the real purpose of life and encouraged one and all to imbibe the yogic qualities which are necessary in the pursuit of the spiritual path.
Sadhvi Ji explained how Lord Shiva spread the supreme messages and learning to mankind through His every action, word and looks. His Trishul symbolizes the control of mind, intellect and ego which allow us to work better and not to lose control. His matted locks represent the unison of mind, body and spirit which allow us to focus on truth. The incident of Sagar-Manthan was beautifully highlighted and explained as to how the process is very much linked to our introspection that we can perform during meditation and how we can also attain the Amrita (Holy Nectar). The programme inspired one and all for Dhyana-Sadhna (Meditation), based on Brahm-Gyan, which is the only way to burn all evils and devils inside and to attain the real Amrita.
Such festivals profoundly enhance the grace of God when people choose to walk on the path of truth and accept to imbibe the essence behind them. The word “Shiva” means “that which is not.” If you can keep yourself in such a detached state that you are not yourself, and allow Shiva to be, then the possibility of opening up a new vision into life and looking at life with total clarity is possible. The night of the event considered as “the Night of Stillness”, which make us learn the existence of oneness.
The event of Mahashivaratri ends with the beginning of awakening our self-consciousness and being connected with Shiva while imbibing yogic practices and traditions.