Shiva is revered as the Form to be adored for the acquisition of Jnana. ‘Jnanam Maheshwarat lcchet’, as the Vedas advise (Pray to Shiva for wisdom). So, do not treat this Day lightly. Do not reduce the disciplines prescribed by the sages for its celebration such as fast, vigil and uninterrupted recital of the Name of God, into a routine ritual, or a chance for picnic, revelry, rivalry or factious fun. Contemplate on this day and on this night, on the Atma Linga, the Jyotir Linga, and be convinced that Shiva is in every one of you. Let that Vision illumine your inner consciousness.
- 5 Mar 1973