Spiritual Significance of Shivaratri
Puttaparthi, Sai Kulwanth Hall (Shiva Rathri )
Man is endowed with infinite potencies. All that you experience by way of seeing, hearing and the like are reflections of the inner being. The significance of this experience has to be properly understood. For instance, today is Shiva rathri day. You experience the night every day. These are ordinary nights. They are nights of darkness. But Shiva rathri is an auspicious night. How is it auspicious? There are sixteen aspects for the mind. The moon is the presiding deity for the mind. Of the sixteen phases of the moon, today in the fourteenth day of Maargasheersha month, fifteen of the phases are absent. On this day it is possible to get full control of one's mental faculties. Hence it is considered an auspicious day. Auspiciousness consists in diverting the mind towards God. This calls for getting rid of the inherited animal tendencies in man. This is the occasion to recognize the omnipresence of the Divine in all beings and in all objects.