Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Shivratri- Maha Shivratri Significance, Puja Vidhi, and Benefits

What is Shivratri?

Shivratri is popularly associated with a Famous Hindu Festival known as Maha Shivaratri.

The real meaning of "Shivratri" is keeping the company during a night of the day before New Moon with "Shiva" or one's own Self.

It is the fourteenth day of the second fortnight of each month as per the Lunar Calendar of Hindus that is associated with Shivratri. So, all the twelve months, actually have one night each associated with Shivratri.

But, the Chaturdashi preceding New Moon that falls in the month of Phalguna (during the period February- March as per English Calendar) that is given a special status by the Vedas and Puranas that is more importantly celebrated as the Maha Shivratri.   

Maha Shivratri is believed to be more auspicious for all people as one's energies are more open to reaching the transcendental state of attaining spiritual union with God on that particular night.

Significance of Shivratri Jagran

It is stated in our scriptures that one who keeps awakening throughout the night of this Maha Shivratri meditating upon the "Om" sound and keeps awakening his inner soul so that it is able to realize the union with Nature and Illumination of Supreme Being attains Moksha. 

It is recommended that by keeping oneself awake in a sitting position and meditating upon God, enables the uprise of the Kundalini Shakti that is in a sleeping mode in our bodies. This upsurge makes one become energetic and rationally more intelligent in order to grasp the reality of all this material and spiritual bondage of the soul and realize the ultimate purpose of life. One realizes that everything that appears to him is only temporary and momentary which is not the reality of a person's identification. He realizes that the real identification of one's self is with the Supreme Self itself.

How to Perform Shivaratri Puja

On the day of Shivratri, one gets up early before sunrise and takes the oil-bath and wears clean clothes. He, then, performs the morning Puja by offering a bath to the Shivlinga or any identity of the God. The bathing items include pure water, coconut water, milk, ghee, etc. An Oil light is lighted and prayer is done chanting some Shiva slokas like the Panchakshari mantra. You can offer flowers also during the procedure. Naivedyam can be any pudding made for that purpose or any fruit or even milk, sugar, etc. may also be offered.

After the Puja is over, you can take an oath or determination to keep fast throughout the day until the Jagran is completed.

At times, like this year of 2018, the Shivratri Jagran falls a night before the day of actual Shivratri.
The Chaturdashi night maybe starting at 9 pm or 10 pm. So, there won't be the night time on the actual day of Chaturdashi to perform Jagran.

In such cases, the day before is kept as the Jagran night. You will observe Shivratri Jagran the previous night itself when the actual time of Chaturdashi begins. 

So, the worship of the Shivlinga may be done in the evening or night immediately after the Chaturdashi tithi starts. The night awakening is done after this worship is over, chanting the "Om" throughout the night until the morning.

Fasting is to be done throughout the night of awakening in this case. So, you may need to take the oath or determination of performing fast and Jagran at the morning of that day itself. In that case, keep fasting from the day-time itself, if possible, or you may keep fast from the evening to next morning. 

Everything depends on your affordability and willingness to do. You shouldn't compel or force yourself. Everything becomes a waste if you perform the fasting or Jagran without a peace of mind or free-will. 

After the Jagran period, you will take bath in the morning and perform the morning puja again as stated above or in any simple way that you prefer.

Now, you can break your fast and eat anything or, if you desire, you can continue the fast till the end of the Chaturdashi time and then break your fast. Keep yourself spiritual minded as long as you continue the fast to obtain the full results and benefits of the Shivratri Puja.

Better keep reciting the "Om" sound until the end of your fast or meditation period.

You will experience a great satisfaction and spiritual elevation of your body and mind by performing this ritual.

Your concentrations powers will improve and there will be peace of mind to face any kind of tensions in your life with great prudence and smartness. You can experience a pleasant atmosphere everywhere.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Republic Day - Be Part of An Empowered India

Wish you all a Happy Republic Day on this 69th anniversary of Indian Republic Celebrations.

Let us celebrate our Indianism with great pride and happiness on this occasion. 

Let us try to be a part of the development of our country in our own way. 

Always be conscious of our economic and environmental progress.

Promote Indian goods thereby supporting Indian industrial and technological development.

Be Indian and buy Indian brands that are "Made in India". By doing so, you are supporting your small businessmen and traders to survive economically and earn their living. Do not keep running behind foreign brands and paying high prices for those goods.

Keep your homes, neighborhood, streets, and workplaces clean and hygienic. Avoid sound pollution, water pollution, and environmental pollution (by practicing systematic disposal of garbage and wastes).

Contribute to a Clean, Healthy, and Economically Empowered India through your thoughts and acts.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Thiruppavai Pasuram 15 - Elle Ilamgiliye

This 15th Paasuram of Thiruppavai is very beautifully crafted with great dialogues between the sleeping girl and the one who wakes up her. It is considered as the greatest and beautiful verse of Thiruppavai which itself is a great work among all works of Azhwars.

Thiruppavai Pasuram 15

EllE iLangkiLiyE! innam uRangudhiyO,
Sil enRu azhayEn min nangaimeer! pOdharukinREn
Vallai un katturaigaL pandeyun vAy aRidhum
ValleergaL neengaLE naanEthaan aayiduga
Ollai nee pOdhaay! unakenna veRudaiyai
Ellaarum pOndhaarO? pOndhaar pOndhu eNNikkoL,
Vall aanai konRaanai maatRaaRai maatRazhikka
Vallanai, maayanai ppaadElOr embaavaay.

Outer, Explicit Meaning of this Pasuram 15

Oh, little bird (because she chatters like a bird)! Are you still sleeping?

Don't talk harshly to me, oh gentle ones! I am coming.

Oh, we know your tactics in your speech and behavior.

Let it be, you are the more competent; leave me alone (I am the harsher).

Oh, come on! why it is different for you?

Have all gone? Gone, come and count yourself.

That Lord who killed the big elephant and destroyed the enmity of enemies;

Please get up and sing the praises of that great enchanter.

Inner, Implicit Meaning of Thiruppavai Pasuram 15

This 15th Paasuram of Thiruppavai showcases the great qualities of an awakened soul.

A true devotee who seeks spiritual enlightenment and moksha should be very sweet and noble in his character. He should approach his superiors with respect and humbleness. He shouldn't talk harshly or loudly.

Further, one should be ready to accept his faults, even though he is not at fault, to please his superiors and in order to not disrespect him.

Now, the essence is that a Shishyan should approach his teacher with complete humbleness and devotion towards him, praising his good qualities, to attain the spiritual enlightenment through him. He should not speak loudly in his presence or hurt his feelings in the slightest kind with his acts or words.