Mahashivarathri (March 10th 2013)
About Mahashivrathri in the words of Sadguru(The Founder of Isha Foundation)
The 14th day of every lunar month, the day before the Amavasya or new moon, is referred to as Shivarathri. On this night, people on the spiritual path usually perform sadhanas (spiritual practice) of special significance. Of the twelve Shivarathris that occur in a calendar year, the one that occurs in February-March, in the lunar month of Magha, is called Mahashivarathri because it is the most powerful of the twelve Shivarathris.
On this day, there is a huge assistance from nature itself. The planetary positions are such that it is most conducive for a person to seek his spiritual nature and raise his energy to its peak. Because of this natural upsurge of energy, there are many benefits if a person is awake with his spine in a vertical posture throughout the night. Sages, seers and many others in the history of this land have made use of this upsurge and attained to their ultimate. Even at Isha, this day is particularly significant to us for this reason.
I remember 3 years ago I came back home from office at around 12 am after finishing my second shift. My friend Bharath called me from Coimbatore to inform about the LIVE streaming of Mahashivarathri celebrations at Isha on AASTHA channel( he went there to participate). I switched on the TV once at home only to be mesmerised by the music. The folk music, drums and Sounds of Isha were great. That kept me awake for the next 5 hours even though the cable was down between 3 and 5. I chanted Shambho along with Sadguru to end my first Jagarana(staying awake all night) day.
Though I did not start doing yoga at that time, some things changed in my life. Last year I did fasting and was awake the whole night. For some reason staying the whole day without food and awake the whole night was effortless. Waiting for this year’s MahaShivarathri and here it is…