Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-2. Part-9.
Ch-2. Siva – The Mystic Night ( Sivaratri)
So, during this period preceding Sivaratri, prayer is to be offered to Lord Siva as the Master of Yogin, as the incarnation of all virtues and powers, as a facet of the Almighty Lord.
The glory of Lord Siva is sung in the Siva Puranam, in the Yajur Veda Rudra Adhyaya, as I mentioned, and in the Mahabharatam.
You will be wonderstruck at the force with which Vyasa and other sages sing the glories of God – of Vishnu, of Narayana, of Siva, of Devi in the various Puranas and epics – because these masterpieces have been written by those who had the vision of God.
Only one who has the vision of God can express with a soulful force.
Otherwise, it will be an empty sound without much significance and thought.
So, chant the Mantram 'Om Namah Sivaya' as many times as possible every day, mentally or even verbally as is convenient, with self-control – which means to say, without any thought of sense-object.
If you chant the Mantra together with the thought of sense-objects, then there is divided devotion.
To be continued ....