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...]


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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...]


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