‘Mahashivratri is the most significant of all festivals’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Feb 2018 09:23:38


 

By Bk Madhuri Didi,

Life today has become very challenging and stressful. More than ever before people are insecure and anxious about their future. As humans struggle to find solution to the mounting problems, it is evident that we need a higher wisdom and power to deal with the emerging crises.
It is said in the scriptures that God comes at the time of extreme moral degradation. There is a very famous Shloka in Bhagavad Gita:


“Yada Yada hi dharmasya glanirbhawati bharat, Abhyuthannam adharmasya tadatmanam srijamyaham’’
Looking at the deteriorating condition of the world, we can easily appreciate that, “THE TIME’’ has come whem God’s intervention is necessary to bring about a transformation in this world.


Mahashivratri or Shiva Jayanti is the most significant of all festivals for it marks the descent of the Highest on High God Shiva in the Human world to liberate human souls from sin and suffering and re-establish heaven or Satayuga on earth. The deep spiritual meaning of Shivaratri is that God descends on earth at the time of extreme darkness (ratri) when the condition of the world becomes critical.


God is incorporeal and immutable. The Shiva lingam denotes the incorporeal form of God Shiva. It signifies the form of God as a point of light, which is very similar to the description of God across many other faiths. This is why the twelve well -known Shiva temples in India are also known as Jyotirlingam Math signifying his form of Light. The eternal light that hangs above the ark in every synagogue, altar lamps in churches, and light symbols associated with Egyptian, Babylonian, Druid and Norse gods corroborates to the widespread belief in the divine light as the image of one. Incorporeal, Supreme Being.


The literal meaning of the word Shiva is benefactor or one who does well to all. Supreme Soul Shiva brings benefit to all souls by performing the divine functions of creating and sustaining a new pure world and destroying all vices and evil from the old impure world. i.e., He gives liberation and salvation to all human beings.


The true fasting (upvaas) on Shivratri is that we abstain from vicious thoughts and stay in His Company. The true Jagran or awaking means to awaken from the slumber of spiritual ignorance and to protect nthe self from the evil influence of vices such as lust, anger, greed, ego and attachment.


The good news is that God has already arrived on this earth to establish one divine culture of peace, purity, love, and prosperity. He is I the process of bringing a revolutionary change in this world through His elevated teachings in the form of Raja Yoga. Shivratri thus commemorates a momentous occasion, marking the beginning of new cycle of time, when the world passes from the Iron Age or Kaliyug into the Golden Age of Satyug, when the negative give way to the positive.


Today, when corruption, unrighteousness and immorality have spread all over world, when ethical and moral values have declined drastically, the Prajapita Brahma kumari Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya is celebrating the 82 nd Shivratri commemorating the year when Godly revelations first came through the human medium Prajapita Brahma in 1936.


Let us celebrate this Shivratri and experience the blessings and benevolence of God Shiva by carrying out in our personal life what Shivratri commemorates that is, destroying negative ways of thinking and nurturing a pure and positive attitude to illuminate our lives woth God’s wisdom and diving virtues.
Om Shanti !!