Maha Shivratri Celebrations at Parmarth Niketan
Pujya Swamiji blessed and led a very special Maha Shivratri celebration at Parmarth Niketan in which people from over 15 countries, including America, England, Denmark, Canada, Brazil, Indonesia, New Zealand, Russia and so many others, joined together with people from all over the India- in the spirit of Vashudhaiva Kutumbakam– as one family. The special month long Kundalini Yoga group being held at Parmarth Niketan, headed and inspired by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsaji and Gurshabd Singh Khalsaji, also joined in the divine ceremonies.
The celebrations included divine Ganga Aarti, sacred Rudra Abhishek, chanting of Shiva mantras and meditating on the divine energy of Lord Shiva, which naturally resonating in the sacred land of the Himalayas at the foothills of the revered Neelkanth Mahadev Temple.
Pujya Swamiji explained that ‘By the grace of Bhagwan Shiva, the night of Shivratri is especially auspicious for winning the battle within ourselves, the battle between the Gods and the Demons, between right and wrong, between poison and nectar, between death and immortality. Let us use our puja, our prayers, our meditations on this night to pray for the divine intervention that within ourselves the good might vanquish the evil, that the nectar within us might emerge, rather than poison, that we too may be carried from death to immortality.’
Sadhvi Bhagawatiji explained during Ganga Aarti the three aspects of Lord Shiva that we celebrated on this special night; one who destroys/dissolves that which is old making room for the new, the divine cosmic dancer and the Yogi who is in a uninterrupted state of deep meditation. She explained that Shivratri was a time in which the sangam (confluence) of all these three aspects of Lord Shiva came together. She explained that its a time in which the meditation becomes the dance and the dance dissolves and destroys that which is old and when you awake from this night you are truly renewed and revived by the divine Grace of Lord Shiva to welcome the energy of Lord Bhrama to begin the process of divine creation.