Back to Roots : 21 Maha Shivratri


Shivaratri or Maha Shivratri,as per the legends is known as the “Great night of Shiva.” which happens to be on the 13th night of the month of “Phalguna” which comes in the month of February/March.

While some think Shivratri comes a year, they need to be corrected. Shivratri is celebrated in every month of the luni-solar calendar, in accordance with the Hindu calendar but once a year, in late winter Maha Shivratri, is the big night of Shiva and is celebrated to commemorate the oncoming summer. Maha Shivratri, literally translates as ‘the great night of Shiva’ and according to legend, it is on this night that Lord Shiva performs his heavenly dance or ‘tandav’.

According,to legends and folklores,it is said that on this night, consciousness is said to peak. Our experiences drop as our attention goes inwards towards rising inner energies.

The dark night of Shivaratri symbolises the meditative state of Shoonya or Nirvana, the stage just before enlightenment. Shivaratri is the dark night of the soul, when we become the void and only darkness surrounds us. Time, space, energy and thought are all transcended. Everything becomes void, empty. Only then can it be filled with light. This is the path towards enlightenment.

On this day all the devotees chant “Om namah Shivay” Om Namah Shivay! It isn’t just a chant, it’s a multiverse. This mantra can be traced back to thousands of years ago. In fact, it’s hard to think about a more famous mantra in India than Om Namah Shivaya. This mantra returns truly a large number of years and is the most significant type of devotion in Hinduism. Om Namah Shivay mantra is a passage to know and understand your own self, to dedicate some time to your inner self. The sound vibration of the mantra is said to be an exceptionally purified articulation of our deepest nature. The mantra has a very strong vibration.

✨ *Om:* Before the Universe, there was void of vibrations and pure existence. Out of the vibration came the sound of ‘Om’ and then the Universe was formed.

✨ *Namah*: It means to bow

✨ *Shivay*: It means Shiva or inner self.

While, in general ॐ नमः शिवाय means “I Bow down to Shiva”. In a way, it means bowing down to your own self as Shiva resides in all as own consciousness.*

The mantra is said to be the five-syllable mantra, na ma si va ya; na represents earth, ma water, si fire, va air, and ya ether.

Our hindu mythology is very rich in knowledge, every word we chant has a meaning.
“na ma si va ya – The mantra is said to be the five-syllable mantra, na ma si va ya; na represents earth, ma water, si fire, va air, and ya ether. There is no ritual or ceremony involved with the mantra. It is just a simple mantra which means that it can be performed anywhere. The only thing you need to be clear about is that you must sit in an upright position. You can chant the mantra while sitting on a chair, in a car or even in your office or school.

In exploring the signs of the total the number five comes up. Five toes, fingers, five senses, elements, and so on. Shiva is said to have five activities: to create, to keep up, to pulverize, to disguise, and to effortlessly reveal. This mantra filters our activities and practices tuning them to the purified activities of Shiva, of the source. Our five faculties of smelling, tasting, seeing, feeling, and hearing are likewise filtered and refined. The strength of the earth, the liquidity of water, the hotness of fire, the vaporous and imperceptible nature of air, and ultimately ether or the nature of the room. Chanting of the mantra refines and cleans these components or parts of our being.

Om Namah Shivaya mantra tempers your Ego and animosity, it shows you the right path and mitigates worry from your overburdened mind. As per crystal gazing, this Mantra is exceptionally ground-breaking in reducing the unsafe impacts of the negative “grahas” (planets) and limits any terrible effect on your natal diagram that you may conceive from the negative impact of these planets.

Ideally, you should recite this mantra multiple times. You should sit with your legs crossed– that is the Yoga position, with your back straight. As soon as you wake up, the first thing of the day and cleanse yourself with your everyday routine, sit in outdoors and take in nature. It is perfect to sit with the reciting dots and serenade the mantra multiple times.

Om namah shivaya 📿🙏🏻


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