Gurudev’s Message for MahaShivaratri 2008

March 6, 2008 at 12:05 am 5 comments


‘Arise, awake!’ is Shivaratri’s message

Shivaratri is the day of Lord Shiva. Shiva is the lord of meditation and
therefore the lord of awakening. Shiva Tatva means to be awakened. Shivaratri
is thus an occasion to awaken one’s self from all sorts of slumber.
Shivaratri is not a night to be slept over. One should try and be up through
the night. It signifies being aware of everything you have and being grateful
about it. Be grateful for the happiness which leads to growth, and also for
sadness which gives a depth to life. This is the right way of observing
For the pious, the following method of Shiva worship is advisable – sit down
in lotus posture, do some Pranayam to stabilize your breath, then indulge in
Dhyana, followed by chanting of “Om Namah Shivay”. It is the greatest mantra
and the devout should drown himself in its Kirtan.
Shivaratri worship leads to fulfillment of a devotee’s wishes. There are
certain days and time frames in a year that enhance one’s mental and spiritual
faculties. In such times, whatever one wishes, materializes. Shivaratri is one
such day. All this is very scientific.
Going to temples on this day is OK but you should remember that Shiva is
everywhere. The meaning of Kailasa (legendary abode of Shiva in Himalayas) is
celebration. So where there is happiness and celebration, Shiva is present.
Whether in Sanyasa or Sansara, you can’t escape Shiva. Feeling his presence all
the time is the essence of Shivaratri. That is the real Sanyasa.
No worship is complete without offering something to the deity. Shiva is a very
simple lord, he is innocent – bholanath. One just needs to offer bel-patra to
him. But in this simplicity is a deep message. Bel-patra offerings signify the
surrender of all three aspects of one’s nature – Tamas, Rajas and Sattva. You
have to surrender the positives and negatives of your life to Shiva and become
carefree! The greatest offering is your self.
To offer one’s self is the key to happiness in life. Afterall, why do you get
sad? It is mainly because you are not able to achieve something in life. At
such times you should surrender everything to the all knowing God. The greatest
power is in surrender to the divine. It’s like a drop owning the ocean. If a
drop remains separate, it will perish. But when it becomes the ocean, it is


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. RAJESH S NAIR  |  March 7, 2008 at 2:02 am

    This is a great but simple message as usual with any messages from Guruji.

    His profound knowledge and simple way of expression ensure that the listener gets it at spot!

    Thanks a lot

  • 2. Parvathi  |  March 7, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Eventhough i could not attend the Shivratri Celebrations Guruji’s
    message made my day .Thank you Gurudev

  • 3. Parvathi  |  March 7, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Guruji’s message is just wonderful

  • 4. kajal dubey  |  June 16, 2008 at 3:18 am

    I donot know any thing…only one thing im know …that is jay gurudev….aapki kripa hamesha hamare par rahe….jay gurudev…..

  • 5. darshna patel  |  February 16, 2009 at 8:40 am

    this is a wonderful & enlightening message from gurudev for all who do not know the significance of our festival of shivratri … behind every festival lies a significance & the knowledge of the same is so very helpful in the uplifting of ourself!!!!


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