The Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia & PNG, in keeping with its multi-faith spiritual approach of observing holy days of a number of world religions, will be observing the Hindu religion’s Maha Shivarathi, a night dedicated to the aspect of God know as Shiva. The night is traditionally observed as one in which concentration on God in different ways is observed from sunset to sunrise the next day.
A number of the organisation’s regions will be observing this sacred period.
‘Holy days like Shivarathri are marked out in order to impress upon man’s mind his duty to impose a ‘fast’ on the senses and a ‘vigil’ on his intelligence to keep away polluting impulses and inclinations.’ – Sathya Sai Baba 29.2.84
‘The vigil on Shivarathri night means concentrating one’s thoughts on the sacred, the pure, the beauteous and glorious form of the Divine.’ – Sathya Sai Baba 8.3.86
‘Today is Shivarathri, the night of Shivam (Goodness, Godliness, Good Fortune). It is an auspicious night because the mind can be made to lose its hold on man by devoting the night to prayer.…with firm faith and a cleansed heart, the night should be spent in glorifying God.’ – Sathya Sai Baba 26.2 87
Sathya Sai Baba many times stressed the importance of absorbing oneself in the Divine by contemplation, reciting the holy name of God and one-pointed concentration on the form of God for spiritual growth and connection with God. The vigil of Maha Shivarathri night is designed to play on these forms of devotion to attain the Divine.
Maha Shivarathri falls on Friday, 24 February this year. Download the flyer for the region relevant to you for details of event dates, times and programs and contact information. If no flyer is available, you may be able to find information using the Location link to access your region or local groups.