A soul-stirring five-day-program of ‘Shiv Katha’ was held under the divine guidance of His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, Founder and Head of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS), from 24th to 28th February 2022 at Amritsar, Punjab. The audience in large numbers witnessed the program and enjoyed the beautiful narration by the Katha orator Sadhvi Garima Bharti Ji.
The Katha program provided a practical solution to the current need for peace within the society. It also proved to be the turning point in the life of the audience from the materialistic world towards the divinity. Sadhvi Ji drew attention to the fact that Lord Shiva is not just the destroyer of the demons or of the universe but, more importantly, the bestower of divine knowledge (Brahm Gyan) too. Out of all the forms of Lord Shiva, his depiction as the benevolent teacher (Guru) sitting under the banyan tree in the form of Dakshinamurti is the most fascinating. Lord Shiva as a Guru indicates towards the divine knowledge through which one can see God. It is mentioned in the sacred Indian Sanskrit texts that without the grace of a true spiritual teacher direct perception of God is not possible. Guru, who is himself awakened and can awaken divine light in us as well.
It is described in the sacred text of Guru Gita that once Goddess Parvati, knowing that Lord Shiva knew the ancient technique of Brahm Gyan, asked him to enlighten her. Lord Shiva said that in the absence of Brahm Gyan, a mortal being remains in the painful cycle of birth and death. However, when a true Guru bestows this knowledge to an individual, it becomes possible to end all the sufferings. Through Brahm Gyan, Satguru provides inner protection to the person. It is the knowledge of the Brahm Gyan that connects one to universal positive energy. With its continuous practice, an individual himself experiences peace within and helps in making the outer world peaceful too. Explaining this, Lord Shiva enlightened Goddess Parvati and showed her His true form, i.e., the supreme light.
In conclusion, Sadhvi Ji said that as Devi Parvati attained Brahm Gyan, it is the foremost responsibility of every human being to step forward to seek this knowledge from a true Guru. When every individual will be blessed with this divine knowledge, then only this world will be a better and peaceful place to live in. Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan is working day and night to fulfill this goal and also gives an open invitation to you all for the same. The Katha ended with Maha-Aarti of Lord Shiva and the distribution of edible food offerings (prasad). The print media, such as Dainik Bhaskar and Dainik Savera Times, widely covered this program.