Sri Sathya Sai International Organization (SSSIO) cordially invites everyone to join the global online celebration of the 2021 Maha Shivaratri. This is a time to express our gratitude to Lord Sai Shiva who showered His love and grace on us and lived a life of sacrifice and service.
Please join us at https://www.sathyasai.org/live from 5:30 AM March 11, 2021, PST to 6:00 AM March 12, 2021, PST for the program. All times stated are Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles time) – Please check your local time carefully.
The significance of Maha Shivaratri and the program can be found at this link https://www.sathyasai.org/maha-shivaratri/2021.
Shivaratri is a very auspicious day for all. It is the fourteenth day of the lunar fortnight, when the moon is waning and the sun is in the sign of Aquarius. However, the festival is related to the moon rather than the sun. Unlike other nights, this particular night is the night of consecration, of dedication, of illumination. The mind is intimately associated with the moon. Chandra, the deity of the moon, is the presiding deity of the mind. He loses one sixteenth of his brilliance every day after the full moon day and continues waning until, on this night, he is left with just one sixteenth of his power. The waned moon may be taken to stand for the mind with all its wild fancies and waywardness reduced after it has been conquered by spiritual discipline.
On this night, there is just a minute part more to be conquered, and that can be done by keeping vigil and dwelling on the glory of God The vigil that is prescribed is symbolic of the eternal vigil one has to observe, while the rite of fasting is symbolic of divesting the senses of the pleasures for which they crave. The night-long devotional singing is significant of the life long consciousness of the Divine Presence that everyone should cultivate.
Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 14/Ch. 1: March 07, 1978