The Divine Mother is the Kundalini (“coiled up” power) sleeping in us; without worshiping Her we can never know ourselves. All-merciful, all-powerful, omnipresent are attributes of Divine Mother.
She is the sum total of the energy in the Universe. Every manifestation of power in the Universe is “Mother”. She is Life, She is Intelligence, She is Love. She is in the Universe yet separate from it.
She is a person and can be seen and known (as Shri Ramakrishna saw and knew Her). Established in the idea of Mother, we can do anything. She quickly answers prayer.
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated in reverence of God Shiva.
As per Hindu mythology, this day is believed to be the day when Shiva saved the universe by drinking the poison emerged from the churning of the ocean (samudra manthana).
It is also believed to be the day in which Shiva married Goddess Parvati (Shakti), and the night he performed the Tandav, the cosmic dance.
While most Hindu festivals are celebrated during the day, MahaShivaratri is celebrated during the night, by keeping a jagaran - a night-long vigil, (as it is believed that Lord Shiva saved the universe from darkness and ignorance).
The festival is principally celebrated by Shiva lingam puja, offerings of bael leaves to Shiva, as well as water, milk and honey, all-day fasting and an all-night-vigil.
All through the day, devotees chant Om Namah Shivaya, the sacred mantra of Shiva.
All happiness comes from awareness. The more we are conscious, the deeper the joy. Acceptance of pain, non-resistance, courage and endurance – these open deep and perennial sources of real happiness, true bliss.
Taking a 10-week Reiki class in August. Excited like a kid waiting for Christmas morning. And my Reiki instructor has invited me to join their belly dance group, and on top of that I am taking a Karma yoga class! I really need to get my Om on.
Have your eating and drinking in common. I bind you together. Assemble for worship of the Lord, like spokes around a hub. Of one mind and one purpose I make you, following one leader. Be like the Gods, ever deathless! Never stop loving!
Shiva is known to grant boons to his devotees frequently, despite whatever sins they might have undertaken. He is called Bholenath, the innocent one, because he is pure in heart and easy to please. Which means, if you love him and worship him, and even if you suffer from self-made defects and weaknesses, you can be sure of his love and compassion.
The images of Shiva evoke in us deep emotions. Those who are inclined to worship Lord Shiva are naturally drawn to him, as they hold him in their minds.
He is a God of supreme simplicity, exemplary humility and austerity. A tiger skin and an elephant skin serve as his garments. His long matted hair is normally tied into a knot or left flowing. He has four arms. With one he holds his weapon the trident. With another, he holds Damaru, a small drum. The remaining two are held in abhaya (have no fear) and varada (dispensing of boons) mudras (postures).
The tiger and the elephant skin symbolically signify his ability to control and transform animal nature. The trident represents the three qualities, namely sattva, rajas and tamas. The damru denotes his connection with the primal sound AUM, the creation of alphabets, languages, grammar and music.
His long matted hair denotes his spiritual life and His great powers. It is also compared to the night sky. He wears a garland of snakes around his neck. Sometimes we see more snakes: one across his body like a sacred thread and two acting as bracelets around his muscular hands.
The snakes symbolically represents his control over desire and sensuality. Sometimes in his ferocious aspects, he is shown wearing a garland of skulls.
The crescent moon adorns his hair like a silver diadem. And the Ganges flows from his head down into the world below.
Here are some Mantras chanted to please Lord Shiva.
1. Shiva Moola Mantra ॐ नमः शिवाय॥ Om Namah Shivaya॥
The powers of the mind should be concentrated and the mind turned back upon itself; as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of the sun, so will the concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets.
After many incarnations, there comes a time when we grow dissatisfied with mere things, when experiences of this world render us empty. We yearn for a higher truth, a deeper understanding of life. When we begin to search sincerely for that experience, we have entered what the propelled state of the human heart.
That is, we are propelled by our inner dissatisfaction to seek something more than the superficial experiences and pursuits of the senses. In this state, we eventually find a spiritual teacher or teaching that can guide us the way to the infinite.
This world is not the same to all people. Each one lives in his little domain. Peace and harmony may reign in one person’s world where strife and restlessness in another’s. But whatever the circumstances of one’s environment, it consists of both an inner and an outer world. The outside world is the one in which your life engages in action and interaction.
The world inside of you determines your happiness or unhappiness.
Do not forget when you meet Beauty, beauty of every kind – the gorgeous color of the sunset, the music of birds, the glistening water, the rustling trees, the soft breeze on your face, the warm sun, the joy of love and friendship – to speak your gratitude to the Father within for surrounding you with so much wonder and beauty and for opening your eyes that you might see and enjoy it.
Every atom of matter, every speck of space, every moment of time, and every drop of thought is born of God and is moving with His flame. May I perceive His warmth everywhere.
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