Monday, February 20, 2012

MahaShivratri – Ask and you shall receive it

Today is MahaShivratri day. According to legend, this is the day when Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvathi. On this auspicious day, all planets and stars are exalted in special positions and it’s a new moon night. People chant the holy mantra ‘Om Nama Shivay’ to get the blessings of Lord Shiva. The more a person chants this mantra, the more he or she becomes spiritual. Ladies fast on this day and get the blessings of Goddess Parvathi to attain a husband like Lord Shiva. Men eat Sattvic food (pleasant food devoid of spicy and stale food) and women also can eat diet food, if they are not fasting.

Now let us try to understand what Lord Shiva means. In mathematical language he is denoted by zero, which means nothingness. However when you add zero to any number, the power of the number increases by a factor of ten. Shiva also means nirguna brahman, which means one who is devoid of any qualities. He is basically an ascetic who adorns a tiger skin and his body is sprinkled with ashes. His head sports the moon and a snake. Also the river ganges is tied up in his headlock. He has a third eye, the opening of which means awakening. He is always meditating and his dance (he is also called Lord Nataraja) is called Tandavam, which is the dance of the cosmos.

Goddess Parvathi stands for ultimate devotion. She is also the most beautiful woman in the universe. Her penance in trying to attain Lord Shiva (despite obstacles, like others who persuade her to give up the obsession of Lord Shiva) is just beyond compare and is the ultimate symbol of love. Any woman who is captivated by a man can achieve him if she simply prays to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. They get married tonight and people sometime do not sleep the whole night. It’s celebration time and the whole world is illumined by the opulence of this lovely couple.

Whoever with true love and devotion worships his / her spouse is likely to get his / her wish fulfilled tonight. Also chant the holy mantra ‘Om Nama Shivay’ as many times as you can. You will receive it. But don’t be in a hurry. You may have to wait. Distance makes the heart grow fonder. And hence we may have to wait a while. But be sure of one thing. Thy wish will be granted. And this is also what the Bible says ‘Ask and it shall be given’. What better day than today to ask God to fulfill our wishes. So go ahead remember the Holy Father and wish for true love. Who knows, you may see a shooting star tonight.

May God Bless You.


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