Maha Shivaratri Celebration 2015

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Date of the Event: 17th February 2015

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's message:

Today is Shivaratri, where matter and consciousness unite, the subtle world and the gross world, they come together and that is the celebration. When we violate the laws of nature, that is when disturbance, anger comes up. All these floods, forest fires and the calamities are nothing but the anger of the nature, nature’s fury. And nature’s fury can fury can only be calmed by the transcendental, Divine consciousness that is Shiva. Shiva alone can calm down the fury of nature. So the three types of disturbances are the disturbances in the soul, in the mind and in the nature. So Shivaratri is the night for us to be free from all types of misery. Physical, emotional, social and natural calamities and bestow peace and wisdom to everyone. The Secrets of nature are hidden. See, now we know WiFi, but the secret of WiFi was there for a long time, but it was hidden. It is the blessing of the Divine that science has developed it. And that is what the Vedas say, through your own intervention, through your own blessing, the Lord, the Divine that science gets manifested. The secrets of nature remain in your Self. Mantra means the secrets in the nature. Only You can reveal the secrets of this unfathomable Universe, with this prayer, we pray for peace in the world, peace in society, happiness to the individual family and progress of knowledge, progress of society, progress of oneself. So these Yagnas are done using the five elements, from thousands of years. And Shivaratri is the day we perform these Yagnas, from night till early hours of the morning.
So Divine accepts you however you are. If you feel you are like a thorn, you are still accepted. If you are a leaf you are accepted. If you are a fruit or a flower, however you are, whatever state of evolution you are, the one Divinity, the one consciousness accepts you. And that is truth and that is beauty. The synonyms of Shiva are beauty and truth. And these three things are inseparable – benevolence, truth and beauty. And so tonight is the celebration of nature rejoicing the presence of benevolence truth and beauty.

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