Maha Sivaratri is coming up on Friday, February the 24th. This is a tremendously auspicious day of the year to pray to Lord Siva. Dr. Pillai says that to pray to Siva on this one day of the year is equal to meditating for one million years! See Astroved’s “Quick Guide on how to worship Siva” on this day of the year.
- Do the One Minute Meditation: Om NaMaShiVaYa represents everything in the universe and that is condensed into these powerful sounds.
- Take a bath before 6 P.M., put on clean clothes, consider fasting (or cut back on non-vegetarian food), and then sit quietly and practice the meditation.
- If you have bilva leaves, you can offer them to a siva yantra or siva lingam. Perform abishekam (hydrating with water, milk, juice) on the siva lingam.
Dr. Pillai says that we can skip meditating all year if we just meditate this one night. This is worth one million years of meditation! And you ask, “Why would we want to meditate?” To answer this question, Sucharita read us a quote from a book called “The Yoga of Jesus” by Paramahansa Yogananda (available at Self Realization Fellowship bookstore).
Ask Lord Siva for everything you need on this night by shutting out the external world and diving deep inside to grab onto the Divine Beings’ energy to help you erase karma and manifest our desires. Merge with the sounds of Namashivaya and Dr. Pillai will to take us on the trip of our lives!
Important Upcoming Events This Week: Check the Pillai Center and the AstroVed Event Calendars for other upcoming events. Depending on where you live, the day of the week will be different. Check the Panchang with your location to see when you should be observing the rituals.
Tuesday, February 21st @8:16 AM EST
11th Moon – Ekadasi
The 11th lunar day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Fasting and chanting a mantra for Vishnu is considered beneficial on this day. Vishnu is in charge of heaven. Perform the tarpanam for departed ancestors this day. Chant Om Namo Narayanaya.
Thursday, February 23rd @ 10:49 AM EST
Pradosham –13th Moon
The 13th Moon phase is called Pradosham, a karma-removing time. This is a power time for resetting your karma, and developing discernment – intelligence to avoid accruing more bad karma in the future. The 13th Moon is the karma dissolving power time known as Pradosham. Chant Thiru Neela Kantam Makaral Shivayanama and pour milk/water/juice over a sivalinga around sunset time. Learn more.
Friday, February 24th @ 11:09 AM EST
Maha Shivaratri-The Great Night of Shiva
Dr. Pillai says, “For me, the most important day in each year is this Night of Shiva because it’s the day that Shiva gives an opportunity for everyone to merge with his consciousness. You’ll become Shiva himself. Shiva is the God of Enlightenment. Nothing else matters to him. Shiva gives an opportunity for all human beings to embrace him, which means to be enlightened on this very sacred night.” Learn more.
Saturday, February 25th @10:51AM EST
Each New Moon is a great opportunity to get a clean slate. Enjoying your meditations on this day/night will be particularly powerful. The New Moon is a special time that provides you a great opportunity to connect with your ancestors for solving your problems. Performing the Tarpanam ritual on this day opens energy blocks, and helps you invoke the energies of your ancestors in your life for a healthy, wealthy and negativity-free life. Learn to offer tarpanam here.
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