Maha Shivaratri is the night when the Shiva Principle is closest to our realm of existence. On Maha Shivratri, when people sit together, chant and meditate, everyone can get a glimpse of unity with the infinity.
Shiva was not a person. Shiva is a tattwa, a principle, that is eternal. Everything related to Shiva never happened on this physical realm and has never ceased to happen in the subtle plane. Shiva never sat at Mount Kailash – however, the Shiva principle is accessible in Kailash… Kailash is the place where there is only Bliss and Inner Celebration.
The Rudram is an ancient Vedic hymn glorifying the Shiva Principle. Chanting the Rudram, or hearing it being chanted bestows everything you may desire in this world and the next. the here and the hereafter. The Rudram when chanted in a meditative space, with the right intonations sets up powerful vibrations in the environment which nullify the negativities that may be present and uplifts one’s spirit. It is said that even if just one devout reciter of the Rudram lives in a village or a town, the entire community reaps the benefits, and becomes free from disease, droughts, thefts and other ills.
The mantra Om Namah Shivaya is the basis of existence of all that is, that was and that will ever be.
The Art of Living is organizing the biggest Shivaratri celebration in India. Thousands of pundits will be chanting the Rudram at 40 locations across the country. For 20 minutes, from 11:40 pm to 12 at night everyone present will chant Om Namah Shivaya followed by a midnight meditation with Sri Sri.
Join us at any of the venues, or online on Mahashivaratri, this February 24th from 10 pm onwards to listen to the magnificent Rudram, chant Om Namah Shivaya and meditate with millions of people.
Bawa (n Dinesh)