Day 5 - Maha Shivaratri

Following the Master | Mauritius Pilgrimage 2021

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For 24 hours straight, from the rising light, through the dark and into the light again, we glorified Shiva and all his divine attributes, so that we may be graced with the gift of transcending our limitations.

Strong, dedicated, and mindless - qualities attributed to Shiva and all represented in Guruji's mood during the day. 

 

Shivaratri is a reminder that no matter how dark this world can be, to never let your mind deviate from the Feet of the Lord.

Paramahamsa Vishwananda

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Shivaratri

Why do we celebrate Shivaratri? This day is all about absorbing ourselves into the glory of Shiva to purify our minds and destroy the negativity and arrogance obstructing our spiritual growth. Through constant singing, chanting, dancing, and ritual we found ourselves in a vortex of power which fueled us to stay awake and stay present! 

We started the morning with a powerful Maha-Shiva abhishekam and began the evening with a yajna and more abhishekams throughout the night. Meanwhile, the musicians took turns singing Shiva bhajans and brought such a force that the neighbours complained, ordering us to turn off the microphones and not use any loud instruments - but that didn’t stop us from staying committed to the night. We continued to sing (a little more lightly), and several devotees shared incredible stories and experiences with Guruji.

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From yajna next to the ocean under the stars to intimate moments shared with our Gurudev, this has certainly been a Shivaratri like none other. Of the many insights from the Master during His daily satsangs, we’ll leave you with this to contemplate:

You are whole in yourself. There is nothing missing. The elements are all inside of you. Imagine, this body is made with all this essence but we look at it as just a body. We don’t realize the greatness of being in this body. Shankar represents that awakening and understanding of this life itself.

Paramahamsa Vishwananda 

 

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