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ramana_maharshi

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Mahashivaratri Wishes
« on: February 19, 2012, 11:43:07 PM »
Endeavour. That is the main thing, that is the inescapable task for all mortals. Even those who deny God today will have one day to tread the pilgrim road, melting their hearts out in tears of travail. If you make the slightest effort to progress along the path of liberation, the Lord will help you a hundred-fold. Shivaraathri conveys that hope to you. The moon, which is the presiding deity of the mind of man, wanes, until on the fourteenth day after full moon, it is just a tiny curve of glimmering glow. The mind too must be starved into that condition, so that man becomes free. Spend all the days with Shiva and the conquest of the mind is easy. Spend the fourteenth day of the waning moon with Shiva, reaching the climax of spiritual effort on that final day, and success is yours. That is why all the Chaturdasis (fourteenth days of the dark half of every month) are called Shivaraathris (Shiva’s nights); that is why the Chaturdasi of the Magha month is called Mahaa Shivaraathri.


This is a day of special dedication to Shiva, and since so many of you here and elsewhere pray to Shiva, the Lingha is emanating from Me for you all to receive the grace and the bliss of the great moment of Linghodhbhava (emergence of the Linga).


The three eyes of Shiva are the eyes which reveal the past, present and the future. Shiva alone has all three. The elephant skin which forms His cloak is just a symbol for the elemental bestial primitive traits which His grace destroys; he makes them powerless and harmless; in fact, he tears them to pieces, skins them so to say, and makes them ineffective. His four faces symbolise Shaantham, Roudhram, Mangalam, and Uthsaaham (peace, fierceness, auspiciousness, determination). In this way, realise while worshiping the Lingam, the inner sense of the many attributes of Shiva. Meditate thus on Shiva this day, so that you may get rid of the last lingering vestiges of delusion.




When you realise Shivoham (I am Shiva), then, you have all the happiness, all the auspiciousness that there is. Shiva is not to be sought on the peak of a distant range of mountains, or in some other special place. You must have heard that sin and merit are inherent in the acts that men do; so too, Shiva is inherent in every thought, word and deed, for He is the energy, the power, the intelligence that is behind each of them.


Shiva is worshipped with the three-leaved Bilva, for, He is immanent in the three worlds, in the three phases of time, in the three attributes of nature. He removes the three types of grief; He has no basis outside Him; He is the source of bliss; He is the embodiment of the sweetness and efficacy of nectar. Since every being is Shiva-Swaruupa (of the nature of Shiva) – for without Shiva, it is mere ‘Shava’ (corpse) – man has to live up to that divine status.


Love brings people together; hatred drives them apart. You cannot be happy, when you cause misery to others. God showers grace when the nine steps of Bhakthi (devotion) are observed. Masters or rulers can be won over by the same means – sacrifice, love, devotion, dedication in the path of duty. When success is achieved by means of unrest and violence, it has to be preserved and prolonged only by further unrest and violence.


Therefore, let this be the lesson of Shivaraathri for you: Shiva is in all beings and all things. He is the inner motivator. Be aware of this always; do not cause pain to any one, do not harm or injure anyone, or hurt his self-respect. Love all alike, cultivate tolerance and spread brotherliness.


(Gathered From Various Discourses By Sathya Sai Baba)

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Re: Mahashivaratri Wishes
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 12:44:37 PM »
Dear prasanth,

Nice write up on Maha Sivaratri.  Maha Sivaratri has the origin from Arunachala Puranam only. When Brahma (buddhi) and Vishnu
(ahankaram, ego) cannot fathom Siva who was standing as a huge column of Light. When  they expressed their inability and
submitted to the transcendent Light, It became an immanent Linga.. They prayed to this Hill which is Linga on this Sivaratri
Day.

Similarly the Self (Atma = Arunachala) can be realized only when the ego and buddhi are submitted to the Self within after
investigation, for whom is this thought?

Self attention is ego removal. Then the Self shines.

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Mahashivaratri Wishes
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 12:48:38 PM »
Dear prasanth,

Sivaratri has to be observed in three ways. First Puja and chanting Siva names. Second Fasting. Third is night long vigil without
sleeping. In the modern times, excepting for a few, the second and third are hard to comply with. But first one, at least, can be
done.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Mahashivaratri Wishes
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 05:42:37 PM »
thanks for the info subramanian garu.