Happy Mahashivratri – Maha Kumbh Mela 2013

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Festivals mark a
significant milestone in one’s life. It is a ritual to transform oneself from
being one to the purified one. Hindus believe taking a dip in the Holy River
Ganges washes their sins off and renews their spirituality. It’s akin to
Christians walking Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem during Easter, or the time at the
Wailing Wall for the Jews and doing Hajj for Muslims.

One has to focus on the
essence of each religious activity; there is devotion, beauty and wisdom in it
for those who believe.  You can wish Happy Shivratri,
Happy Maha Shivratri to your Hindu friends.
Nearly 9 million people have already taken a dip in the Holy Sangam, the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical
Saraswati rivers on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri, bringing the
Maha Kumbh, the great gathering to a close on Sunday, March 10, 2013. Kumbh
mela is an annual event but the Maha Kumbh is every 12 years.
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Interesting stats and photos, courtesy New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/03/10/magazine/look-india.html

The Sanatana society writes, “Shiva is the god of the yogis, self-controlled and celibate, while at the same time a lover of his spouse (shakti). Lord Shiva is the destroyer of the world, following Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver, after which Brahma again creates the world and so on. Shiva is responsible for change both in the form of death and destruction and in the positive sense of destroying the ego, the false identification with the form. This also includes the shedding of old habits and attachments. “

“All that has a beginning by necessity must have an end. In destruction, truly nothing is destroyed but the illusion of individuality. Thus the power of destruction associated with Lord Shiva has great purifying power, both on a more personal level when problems make us see reality more clearly, as on a more universal level. Destruction opens the path for a new creation of the universe, a new opportunity for the beauty and drama of universal illusion to unfold. As Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram or Truth, Goodness and Beauty, Shiva represents the most essential goodness.”

Shiva is a Hindu deity, one of the three most influential denominations in Hinduism. He is “the Destroyer” or “the Transformer among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine.

About a decade ago, on
my daily Radio show called Wisdom of Religion, all the beautiful religions,  Swami Nityananda my weekly guest described  the  Shiva Sahasranama (1000 names) in greater
detail. Every aspect of nature can be broadly defined in 1000 different names
and those names reflect the God qualities that one can acquire through
mediation and destruction of ego within. 1000 is not a finite number, it is a
metaphoric number, just as Muslims have 99 names of God to denote infinity.
Note: I have been
focusing on the essence of each religious festival for over 20 years, we wrote in
Asian News since 1993, then broadcasted on Asian News Radio through 2000 and
since then, it has been published in forums, blogs, sites and news papers. If
we all can learn to see the beauty of each faith, then we have transcended in
to the realm of getting closer to God, which means in tune with the universe to
function cohesively and effectively with the entire creation.

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Happy Shivratri !

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