The SSIO, a multi-faith spiritual organisation, honours the different religions as paths of developing deeper relationships with the One. It celebrates some of the significant holy days of the religions as a method of fostering tolerance, understanding and inclusion. The Hindu religion’s Maha Shivarathi, a night dedicated to God know as Shiva is one such event. The night is traditionally observed as one in which concentration on God in different ways is observed from sunset to sunrise the next day. This year, Maha Shivarathri falls on the night of Friday, 21 February. A number of regions and individual groups will be observing this and all are welcome to attend any of the celebrations

‘Turn your minds toward the Divine. Repetition of the Lord’s names has been prescribed as a spiritual discipline to turn your mind away from the things of the world. If you devote the whole of this night to thoughts about the Lord, your minds will be transformed, even if you are not able to reach the highest state of ‘Over-Mind’. Ever bearing in mind the triple characteristics of the Divine – Truth, Wisdom, Eternal Brahman (Sathyam, Jnanam, Anantham Brahman) – strive to achieve the supreme goal of Man.

Sathya Sai Baba 16.2.88

‘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 developing one’s personal relationship with the Divine. This may be achieved by a variety of spiritual practices, including contemplation of the Divine, reciting the holy name of God, in whatever is your choice of name, and one-pointed concentration on the form of God that is appropriate for you. All of these methods lead to a greater connection and a deeper loving relationship with the One. The vigil of Maha Shivarathri night as recommended by Sai is designed to use these forms of devotion to attain the Divine.

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