Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-2. Part - 28.
Ch-2. Siva – The Mystic Night ( Sivaratri)
Sivaratri is a blessed occasion for all to practise self-restraint, self-control, contemplation, Svadhyaya, Japa and meditation, as much as possible within our capacity.
We have the whole of the night at our disposal.
We can do Japa or we can do the chanting of the Mantra, 'Om Namah Sivaya'.
We can also meditate.
It is a period of Sadhana.
Functions like Mahasivaratri, Ramanavami, Janmashtami, Navaratri are not functions in the sense of festoons and celebrations for the satisfaction of the human mind.
They are functions of the Spirit; they are celebrations of the Spirit.
In as much as we are unable to think of God throughout the day, for all the 365 days of the year, such occasions are created so that at least periodically we may recall to our memory our original destiny, our Divine Abode.
The glory of God is displayed before us in the form of these spiritual occasions..
Chapter-2. Siva – The Mystic Night ( Sivaratri). Ends.
Next : Chapter-3. Rama – The Apotheosis of Human Perfection ( Sri Ramanavami )
To be continued ...