Mahāśivarātri [New Course]

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Mahāśivarātri is an ancient, powerful, and beautiful night of deep inner practice.  It is considered by many to be the holiest night of the year and rich with stillness and blessings.  Throughout the night, we honor Lord Śiva through a range of practices that help us turn inwards.

In honor of this beautiful and auspicious celebration, we are offering a free 5-lesson course, where you will learn:

-all about Lord Śiva
-traditional practices for this holy night
-the Ayurvedic practice of upavāsa, which is probably not what you think it is
-the profound meaning of 11 Sanskrit names and manifestations of Lord Śiva
-the symbolism of Mahādeva Śiva as the cosmic dancer, as the liṅgaṃ, and as the seated meditator
-a guided practice on writing mantra

It can be hard to make time for study and practice, especially when sacred days fall on working days.  However, of all the forms of the divine, Lord Śiva is the easiest to connect with, and the most compassionate.  And on this night in particular, the beneficial impact of all of our practice and sincere efforts are said to be magnified a thousandfold.

If nothing else, we invite you to take a few moments to gaze at the crescent moon, let your mind become silent, and offer your inner gratitude to the Supreme Presence, who is the source of all existence.  If you have some more time, visualize yourself doing abhiṣekha, ritual bathing of the śivaliṅgaṃ.  Let yourself experience stillness.  

On this night, even more so than any other, it truly IS the thought that counts.  Just holding the intention to practice invites blessings.  So no matter what situation you find yourself in, let there be a small pause to experience pure being, pure grace... Śiva.

May you have a powerful and blessed Mahāśivarātri!
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