My Mahashivaratri Prayer!


For your enjoyment I have created a video of me performing a short Shiva puja for Mahashivratri.For the rest of the day I will be fasting and then this evening singing bhajans until 11:00 pm at a friend's house. Hopefully the roads will be better by then. I was going to go to the temple this morning for a puja but there is a lot of snow and ice and our roads haven't been plowed!UPDATE: There has been a lot of snow here (though nothing like Boston to the north of us). Though I dug my … [Read more...]

Happy Mahashivratri!

Lord Shiva's blessings to you all! Thank you for being part of this journey with me! If you missed it, here is my post with information on how to celebrate: Mahashivratri is Coming Up … [Read more...]

Shiva, my old friend

I love this image of His Holiness with Adi Shankara and Lord Shiva behind him

A little while ago a commenter here on the blog summed me up. They said I was an Advaitan with Shivite leanings. I thought about that and wondered if that is what I am. There's no doubt that I'm an Advaita Vedantist. That is my branch of Hinduism for sure. And there is also no doubt that Lord Shiva is the focus of my practice.You may remember my stories about the Nataraja statue that I discovered when I was 18 and about to leave for college. I had grown up with a lot of Indian philosophy … [Read more...]

Mahashivrathri is Coming Up!

This Tuesday (17/2/2015) is "Shiva's Great Night." This is one of the most important holidays of the year for me. Tomorrow I'll explain my relationship with Lord Shiva. Until then here's some information for you to help you celebrate the occasion!About Mahashivratri: my post from 2013More about Mahashivratri plus My Celebrations from 2014Again this year I will be fasting and attempting to keep a vigil. Again I will be joining my Sathya Sai Baba friends for bhajan singing. At home … [Read more...]

My Maha Shivatratri: First Fast and Vigil

I did observe Maha Shivratri last year, but I did it alone and there's no way I can stay up all night when I'm by myself! This year I was able to have a more complete experience by participating in the event with my brothers and sisters at the Sathya Sai Baba bhajan singing group.That was Friday evening, but first was Friday during the day. Perhaps I should have taken the day as a holiday from work, but I was sick recently and missed a couple of days so I wanted to be at the office. At … [Read more...]

Maha Shivratri: Shiva’s Big Night [Hindu Holiday]

This year Maha Shivratri is on the last day of February, Friday February 28th. (Take a look at the words themselves and the meaning will become easily clear. "Maha" means "great" and you may have heard it before in places like Gandhi's title Mahatma, meaning "Great Soul [Atman]. "Shiva" is clear. Attached to "Shiva" is "Ratri" which is the Hindi word for "night.")This is a day to seek Shiva's blessings and you know this year I will be joining the many other women who ask Shiva to bless them … [Read more...]

Maha Shivaratri


The "great night of Shiva" was this past weekend: Saturday overnight into Sunday.Because Shiva is a God of meditation, austerity, and contemplation, this festival is much less about frolicking than many others. This is a night for dedication and discipline. It is traditional to fast during the day and then stay up all night praying to Shiva. Interestingly, even though Shiva is very monk-like, he is also the God that women pray to for good husbands and a happy marriage.Some say that the o … [Read more...]