One: Swami Vishwananda talks of Shivaratri…
Two: Shivaratri Letter from Babaj…
Three: Brief Shivaratri Celebration Exponential Meaning…
One - Swami Vishwananda: Through the Divine names which have been given, go inside and utilize the cosmic name of God and attain Him. That’s what Shiva teaches us.
Shivaratri actually is the great night of Lord Shiva, the one which is with form and without form. What is Shiva meditating upon? He meditates so that we may reach that same deep state of meditation. We have not yet realized the purpose of our incarnation on Earth. We have not yet realized how great it is to have a human body, but we can reach that state. We have to really want it, but not superficially.Very often people walk on a spiritual path in a very superficial way, saying, “Let me try it. Let me see what it is about.” These people will not reach anywhere. We have incarnated for a reason and we have a human body for a reason. But we will not find this reason until we take this body into pure love and devotion. This is where your Sadhana comes in (spiritual practice). When you develop this pure love and devotion, then you will know the meaning of this human body. You then will enjoy being in this body and you will know the purpose of being here.
Look, and you will see that whenever something good happens to you, it is easy for you to forget about it. Good things are always happening, and when something that you consider is not good happens to you, you treasure it. You treasure it with your mind. Your mind has to dwell on the Divine, not on your problems. You will solve your problems by the means which God has given you within, faith and devotion. Actually in the ladder of creation, being human is the top. It’s true because only by attaining a human body, a human life, can you really attain the Creator, actually become one with the Creator. For this, we have to want Him. And to want Him means to devote oneself sincerely, to develop this pure love that is already there, just to let it out and let it spread around. Through the Divine names which have been given, go inside and utilize the cosmic name of God and attain Him. That’s what Shiva teaches us.
Two: Shivaratri Letter from Babaji:
This Shivalingam has been blessed by Mahavatar Babaji. Mahavatar has given the lingam the name Mrityumbageshwar. The meaning is “the one who removes all suffering and inspires people to realize the Divine.” Abishekam Picture (Previous not 2010)
Three: Shivaratri: Night of Shiva Celebration Exponential Meaning:Maha Shivaratri or Shivaratri (Night of Shiva or "Great Night of Shiva") is a festival celebrated every year on the 13th day/13th night (breaking fast/'vrata' after sunrise) in the Krishna Paksha (waning moon) of the month of Maagha (as per Shalivahana or Gujarati Vikrama) or Phalguna (as per Vikrama) in the Hindu Calendar (that is, the night before and day of the new moon). The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves to Lord Shiva, all day fasting and an all night long vigil. Per scriptural and discipleship traditions, the penances are performed in order to gain boons in the practice of Yoga and meditation, in order to reach the goal more swiftly and avoid rebirth.