Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals : Ch-2. Part-3.
Ch-2. Siva – The Mystic Night ( Sivaratri)
God does not possess things.
Possession is a relationship of one thing with another thing.
But, God is super-relative.
That is why we call Him the Absolute – He is not relative.
Anything that is related to something else comes under the category of relative.
God is not related to anything else, because He is All-comprehensive.
And, thus, in His all-comprehensive Absoluteness, which is height of wisdom conceivable, there is also the concomitant character of freedom from the consciousness of externality, and therefore, as a corollary, freedom from attachment to anything.
Thus Lord Siva is the height of austerity, Master Yogin, portrayed as seated in a lotus pose, as the king of all ascetics; not that He has the desire for self-control, but He is what self-control is itself.
He does not practise self-control. Self-control itself is symbolised in the personality of Lord Siva.
"Such a wondrous concept of a glorious majestic picture of the Almighty, as Lord Siva, is before us for adoration during Mahasivaratri."
To be continued ...