In Celebration Of Maha Shivaratri

March 8th, 2024
Live Online Workshop
Join together with yoga teachers, students, and sadhakas alike in preparation for Maha Shivaratri 2024 Through Yogic Sadhanas  /  Hosted Live Online From  08:00 am - 10:00 am PST —  Friday, March 8th, 2024 
Vidya Institute Is Delighted To Present

In Celebration Of Maha Shivaratri

Preparation & Commemoration Through Yogic Sadhanas 

With Gitte Bechsgaard RP Ph.D. CIYT

 

Hosted Live Online From 08:00 – 10:00 am PST —  Friday, March 8th, 2024
You’ll Receive A Class Recording Once The Session Finishes

 

 

No meditation is considered complete without the blessings of lord Shiva.

 

The Maha-Deva. 

 

Often considered “The Greatest Of Gods” within the Indian Tradition. 

 

The most auspicious day and night to celebrate Lord Shiva has dawned upon us once more. 

 

Mahashivratri

 

This incredibly auspicious evening is at our doorstep, falling on the night of March 8th to March 9th. 

 

During this time of worship, reciting Lord Shiva’s mantra is considered very meritorious and auspicious. 

 

We are encouraged to spend this day and night in prayer, fasting, and meditation. 

 

For this is the day Lord Shiva married Parvati. 

 

Shivaratri is a celebration of their transcendental union. Their cosmic dance together. On this day Lord Shiva drank the poison emerging from the tides, as the devas and the suras churned the ocean.

 

So it is said that on this day and night all poison and negativities in our own lives are destroyed by Lord Shiva. 

 

To enable this process, devotees fast all day and stay up all night performing a variety of rituals, mantras, and meditations. 

 

For on this night he is easily appeased.

 

Shiva is honored in a variety of ways, is given many names, and appears in many forms. 

 

One of these forms is Sada Shiva: the one who is always auspicious and pure. Lord Shiva is described as ever benevolent, ever blissful, carrying an ocean of ambrosial compassion. 

 

Holding a sea of wisdom. 

 

The bestower of many fruits of awakening.

 

Shiva is often portrayed in rich white, as if engulfed in camphor or jasmine. 

 

Smeared with ashes, as he wears a garland of snakes and skulls. 

 

Always holding his trident, his three eyes gaze upon you. 

 

He is naked. 

 

Symbolic of his asceticism. 


Of purity of consciousness. 

 

Shiva is the master of Yogins; the beloved of all practitioners of Yogic austerities.

 

In the Tantra Aloka Abhinava, Gupta speaks of Shiva as the “mother and father” of the cosmos

 

As the fundamental power of consciousness. 

 

Shiva and his eternal spouse – Devi in her many forms – are commonly portrayed in ecstatic embrace. 

 

What the Tibetans call “ Mother-Father” or yab-yum. 

 

They belong together. 

 

Their transcendental marriage is the archetype for the union between body and mind, male and female. 

 

Since Shiva represents the innermost self, we can honor the Mahesha by gathering together in meditation and mantra to Lord Shiva on the day of MahaShivaratri.

 

During our annual Shivaratri workshop, you will join together with yoga teachers, students, and sadhakas alike to chant the sacred mantras for Lord Shiva, including the mahamrityunjaya mantra and Om Namah Shivaya. 

 

You will also participate in a sharing of famous & relevant stories of the Lord Shiva guided by Gitte Bechsgaard RP Ph.D. CIYT.

 

This session will provide a thorough preparation for performing one’s own ShivaRatri sadhana, on the auspicious night between the 8th and the 9th of March. 

 

It is a tremendous privilege to host this course for the 19th year, here at Vidya Institute. 

 

We very much appreciate your presence. 

 

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