For a yogi/ni, Mahasivratri is the Day/Night of Yoga, the time to transcend, transform and evolve. Mahasivratri has been observed as the single most important vortex of time by the yogis and householders in India for thousands of years. Based on the planetary alignment with earth and the lunar cycle, this vortex of time holds the objectives of yoga as in being the Spirit having the human experience; as in being liberated from the limits of the mind and as in having the grace of Source in our daily realities.
The wisdom of ancient spiritual India works in potency through the determined time vortexes:
All scientists of the past in India were yogis. The yogis were intuitive and scientific in looking at time as a very important facet of divinity as much as infinity, matter and energy is looked upon as representing Source/God. For thousands of years, the Mahasivratri observed on the lunar calendar has been determined by the yogis as the single most important period to attain enlightenment, grace of fulfillment as blessings and a time of renewal. It is a common observance amongst yogis who do intense spiritual penance, tapas, to be in solitude through the whole year and come out to the public on the Mahasivratri night to bless humanity as in being the human form of Lord Siva. Any religious festival, from Christmas to Ramadan that is observed by millions does create a time vortex by itself by the power of collective consciousness. Mahasivratri is celebrated as in fasting and worship by the largest mass of humanity together creating adding grace to the already potent time vortex.
Mahasivratri period is ideal to detox and rejuvenate:
When we want to attain the yogic union of the mind with Source/God/Lord Siva, fasting aids the process. When our digestive tract is kept with minimum activity with a mind that has tuned into the state of joy that forgets hunger, heat and cold and other limits of the body and mind, we are able to step into the grace of stillness to meditate and tune into the state of turiya.
The fasting of Mahasivratri is not the way ‘fasting’ is generally done. This ‘fasting’ is done in stages. The first step is in having fruits, fruit juices, plenty of water and nuts. The yogi then awaken the intense states of joy to gradually reduce the intake of fruits and nuts. The body and the mind must be treated with love and care through this period as we meditate on bliss and become bliss form. Having specific ayurvedic herbs that are wisely chosen during this period intensifies the rejuvenative energies of our body and mind.
Liberate yourself- the single most crucial essence of yoga!
A primal age old need of any human of ages to now is that of wanting to be free. To be free really means, to be free of limits of the mind,body and realities.
When anyone does yoga, the first experience is that of bliss and liberation. Any yoga asana done properly with awareness of breath does convey the experience of bliss like a drop of nectar.
Liberation really means- freedom. This sense of freedom/liberation is in reality the experience of being the yogi as the Spirit having the human experience- felt as bliss. Lord Siva is called Satchidananda- meaning Sat-truth, chit-consciousness, ananda-bliss. When we experience bliss and transform our life experience as bliss, as a yogi, we attain the body of bliss and the mind of turiya. Mahasivratri holds the condensed and intense experience of this bliss that liberates us. Doing the inner pilgrimage through Mahasivratri for a yogi is the attainment of the honey pot.
Understanding ourselves as the Emperor through observance of Mahasivratri:
The difference between a slave and an emperor is- who owns time? We are all caught within the 24 hour clock of time within which we are tied into sleep, dream and awake states the mind, the mind in its moods of ups and downs when awake and life circumtances that makes us run the rat race. A yogi is liberated from this time clock.
The first step to break this prison of time that holds our mind is- to light a lamp/candle/flame atleast once a day and connect to Source/God.
The next important observance is to observe one day a week solely to connect to Source/God- a precious holiday we can give ourselves as being an emperor.
The third observance is to connect to the moon cycles of new moon (time to celebrate Lord Siva as Spirit) and the full moon (time to celebrate Lord Vishnu as the awake mind).
The single most important moment through the year is Mahasivratri- when we take our inner pilgrimage to awaken to the I Am experience of Lord Siva as the timelessness, beyond the mind. This experience awakens us to be awake and sets us on a journey to enlightenment and beyond.
Every once a week- our special day off for being a yogi, we relive the once a year Mahasivratri experience of being Light and expand our consciousness to be the Sun of the mind that has woken up the Spirit to enshrine our body- as an Emperor. It is from timelessness that time can be defined.
Now as conscious beings of timelessness, let us define realities for ourselves and all of planet earth as time!
aum namah sivaya