Mahasivratri is the auspicious time for each of us to do the ultimate pilgrimage- the pilgrimage within to wake up and rebirth as the Yogi.
This coming Mahasivratri falls on February 21st, 2020.
Mahasivratri is the most significant spiritual festival observed by millions across India.
Dedicated to Lord Siva, the Lord of Destruction of the limited, Mahasivratri holds the blessings of the unlimited, the Spirit. Lord Siva is called the Yogi as He is the perpetually infinite in unions with the finite. Hence Mahasivratri is called the Great Night of the Yogi, Lord Siva.
In practical realities, Mahasivratri offers:
– An ideal time to detox the body
– The time to detox the mind – letting go of the past and karmic imprints of limitations
– An ideal time to create an intent of resolution and a supreme prayer
– An inspiration to awaken the yogi within
– A potent time to break free from the stagnancy of life to enable us to more easily evolve into a life more attuned to our higher purpose
– To awaken to the joyfulness of “Being” a person of higher consciousness and thereby imbibing all the qualities of higher consciousness: abundance, harmony, love and wisdom.
– To be a Master, a Yogi awake.
This day of Mahasivratri is based on the lunar calendar; during this period our consciousness easily condenses into divine awareness. From the yogic perspective, the Moon directly influences the mind and our consciousness. Each month, the new Moon and full Moon energies offer their own unique power as the Earth rotates around the Sun in its oval-shaped orbit through the year. Mahasivratri is a sacred vortex of time caused by the once a year alignment of Earth in correlation with the moon and sun; Earth and the planets and stars.
Yoga as practice is the daily discipline of push and the sacred grace of the pull.
For a yogi, it is time to transcend the human and be Spirit. Mahasivratri holds the ultimate objective of yoga, the grace of awakening and expanding Consciousness, enlightenment is the gift of Mahasivratri. When Consciousness expands, we utilize our entire mind potential and tap into the states beyond mind- turiya states.
For a yoga practitioner, meditator and seeker Mahasivratri is like a birthday, the day of awakening to the vastness of ourselves as Spirit- the newer consciousness.
This is the night when Sages who meditate in seclusion throughout the year in solitude come out to bless humanity.
There are many stories behind Mahasivratri. One of the popular story is of the thief on the run:
To escape wild animals he climbs above the vilva tree (vilva tree considered sacred Lord Siva) and stays up all night in repentance. Unknown to him was a Siva Lingam and his unconscious movement through the night caused the vilva leaves (a sacred offering for Lord Siva) kept falling on the Lingam. By virtue of staying up all night, a mind surrendered to the infinite in repentance, unconscious worship of Lord Siva through the Lingam- the thief got enlightened.
This thief story is to illustrate the ease of awakening with little effort when tapping into the energies of Mahasivratri.
Masters of ages from Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Rumi, Nelson Mandela had woken up to the next higher level of consciousness and it is from this mind realm that they were able to shine as Masters. Yogis call this supermind states of super-consciousness – turiya.
My Guru, Siddha Ayya sat for eighteen years without moving in his cave on the peak of Arunachala drinking one cup of milk a day. He had gone beyond sleep. He was in states of turiya. Turiya is described as the ‘sleepless sleep’ state. In states of turiya, our mind potential is more than completely utilized. We awaken the various forms of siddhis (ESP) that is uniquely within each of us as the genius. Turiya states is depicted as Gods and Goddesses with multiple heads of ten and hundred to illustrate our innate ability to be the Many as One. To attain turiya states is the objective of yoga. This sublime state of higher consciousness is in simple words- the genius of the Spirit having the human experience of inspiration. Our each thought has become wisdom. Turiya states happens when the crown chakra, the Sahasrara, has blossomed with the thousands of petals of consciousness having unfolded. When the crown chakra has blossomed like a lotus, the journey of a Siddha, an enlightened Being, has begun.
Turiya has been mentioned to have 18 higher states with the last states of turiya being more God like in attributes.
Lord Siva (mentioned as Lord Shiva in North India) is that beyond void, the energy of infinity. When our limited soul stuck in ego of “I” wakes up to realize the vast Being of Spirit that is truly whom we are, our jivatman (individual soul) becomes Paramatman (Vast Infinite Self that is mentioned in the Christian tradition as the Holy Ghost), Lord Siva- the limitless Being. Lord Siva, the Yogi is called Satchidananda. Sat is Consciousness; Chit is experience; Ananda is Bliss. When turiya states is attained, we are the Master having attained turiya states – a mind of clarity, the wisdom of knowing, the grace of Cosmic unions- yoga and the form of bliss.
Our journey through daily yoga gives us drops of nectars of Siva Consciousness, ie, bliss, wisdom, tranquility, joy and vitality. When we do an inner pilgrimage aligning ourselves to Mahasivratri, we attain being Consciousness itself with turiya states our natural mind realm. Our potent thoughts create magnificent realities. As Yogi, we uplift humanity in the vibrancy of our Being.
Observing Mahasivratri to attain the awakening to be Lord Siva, the Yogi step out of the cage of time. The liberating experience of Mahasivratri is the once a year pilgrimage that needs be digested each week on a special day we set for ourselves. Choose one day a week to do yoga, meditate and connect with Source as to expand the Mahasivratri blessings of turiya states.
Mahasivratri and Turiya: One of the key observances during the night of Mahasivratri is to stay awake all night. In reality, it is not about being a weekend warrior staying up all night singing, chanting and dancing, but about training ourselves to go beyond the mind and its sleep pattern through meditative practice. At the time vortex of Mahasivratri, we are able to experience the ‘sleepless sleep’ state with less effort. Our mind that has experienced the state of turiya is forever expanded in consciousness.
Guidance for the 14 days Inner Pilgrimage: –
Let this moment be the Source initiation.
Now- bring into daily practice the awake states of Turiya by observing one day each week for our inner pilgrimage accelerating and intensifying Mahasivratri blessings! Conquer time through timelessness video
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The Grand Night of Cosmic Alignment for you to Super Charge your Transformation
with the Grace of Siva and the Saints and Sages.
What is Mahasivratri?
Cosmic Vortex of Time for Enlightenment
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.
Release karmic imprints of limitations
An ideal time to detox the body, mind & soul
When we go deeper into the science of yoga to understand yoga as a journey through consciousness, we realize that words such as liberation and enlightenment is not a distant concept but an amazing experience we can have in our daily realities. Observing Mahasivratri does ease us into awakening the potential underlying objectives within yoga.
Once a Year Event
The Night of Saints and Sages Blessing Us
Once a year during these moments we are in now, based on the lunar calendar, we (humanity- every human on Planet Earth) are subjected to the energies of an inward mind. Yogis, Sages and householders in India have celebrated the culmination of this period that gifts enlightenment and higher consciousness for thousands of years as Mahasivratri.
Once a year, Sages undergoing austere penance through the year, come out to bless everyone as Lord Siva. Lord Siva is the celebration of our awake consciousness as in realizing our soul and God to be One.
Consciousness Beyond Enlightenment
A higher conscious mind is like the mind of Leonardo Da Vinci, a genius and as a Sage Emperor like Mahatma Gandhi, capable of effecting changes to the entire nation, if not to the world.
Observing Mahasivrathri is transforming as we awaken to whom we truly are. Lord Siva, the dissolver of ego enables clearance of past karmic negatives that have blocked us from our true potentials. Mahasivrathri is rejuvenative as we tune into the eternal yogi within ourselves as the surrender of our body consciousness to the awake soul, the eternal yogi. The objective of Mahasivrathri is to experience turiya, the realm of enlightenment- the fourth state of consciousness that is beyond being awake and sleeping. Proximity of the mind with Source does align our thoughts to be empowered as we are in touch with our inner wisdom of calm, serenity, inspiration, abundance and knowing.