Mahashiva Ratri- A Night of Auspiciousness
Tonight, we celebrate MahaShiva Raatri (Ma-Ha Si-Va-Ra-Thri). It is a highly auspicious night as per Hindu culture. Before highlighting the significance of this night, I will like to say that it is Lord Shiva (meaning the auspicious one) to whom we offer our prayers. Precisely, it is the night of auspiciousness (Raatri meaning night).
There are countless Gods in Hinduism (unlike other religions) and everyone practices their faith with freedom. However, the philosophy of Hinduism is rooted in the belief that there is only one God (having different names and forms) and this world is one family, joined by humanity and brotherhood. I am no expert here but this is the basis – All are one. From ONE comes many.
Astrologically, it is the 14th night of the waning phase of the moon, the night previous to the New Moon when the Moon suffers from total blackout. This month is also very sacred as per Vedas (the ancient Hindu scriptures). The moon is related to mind. Moon has 16 aspects. On this night, 15 aspects are merged. Only one aspect remains. So with little effort from our side through prayers and spiritual practices and a pure heart, we can benefit greatly spiritually.
Numerologically, if we take the word Si-Va-Ra-Thri, the first three syllables adds up to 11, i.e. the five sense organs, the five organs of action and the mind. “Thri” means three. Hence, this is the night devoted to control these 11 organs by adoring the supreme Lord, who is the master of time – the past, present and the future. Here, mind is referred to as ego, which must be killed in order to gain Shivam (auspiciousness).
Spiritually, this is a sacred night. With a pure heart and cleansed mind, if we pray for the happiness of the whole world in this night of goodness and godliness, then it will benefit the individual, society and the whole mankind.
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