Maha Shivaratri (or Sacred Period of Maha Shivaratri)
(Based on the teachings of Guruji Krishnananda)
Lord Shiva is generally known as the Destroyer, because His energies are required for the destructive processes of the Cosmos. But the energies of Creation and Sustenance are also in Him.
On the following morning before Sunrise, Lord Shiva enters every house as a ray of Light. His Divine Energies will be available on this earth as Light for ten days.
The Rishis apprise Lord Shiva of the Spiritual condition of this earth and its people. Based on this, Lord Shiva may give instructions to the Rishis, who are the administrators of this earth.
On the first day of Shivaratri, there is a custom of staying awake through the night. This practice is called ‘Jagarana’ in Sanskrit, which literally means, not sleeping. Just staying awake one night does not help us spiritually in any way.
‘Jagarana’ is not about sleep deprivation. It is to be understood as Being Aware or Awakening. It is being aware of the Presence of Lord Shiva on earth.
During the ten days of Lord Shiva’s stay on earth, we can absorb more of His energies by meditating and channelling Light more, and also by trying to be aware of His energies and His Presence throughout the day.
May the Lord’s Divine energies destroy all the negativity and ignorance in us and help us awaken.
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