ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om namah shivaya
OM I bow down to Lord Shiva
The One who is self-luminous, delighting in his own being OM
smeared with ash, a tiger skin, a crescent moon, a snake around the neck, the third eye, matted hair,
river Ganga flowing from the hair, a trident in one hand, a drum in the other
Siwa, Gunung Agung
the sacred mountain of Bali, a volcano as a symbol of Shiva,
destruction in the form of natural forces and the creation of new life.
consumed in a cosmic dance
sitting still like a rock
formless, union of male and female energy, union of light and darkness, union of space and center
the whole universe as union, union of time, no past, no present moment, no future, Shiva is the energy from which everything came, in which everything is sustained and everything dissolves. There is no way of ever stepping out of Shiva since creation is made up of Shiva. Your mind, body, everything is made of Shiva. Vishwaroopa, the entire universe is Shiva.
“Shiva is not a priest. He is a teerthankara. Shiva is an avatara.
He is the seer, the paigambara. His words are like fire.
Come near him only if you are ready to be burned;
accept his invitation only if you are ready to disappear as you are.
Because, the new will be born only when you would cease to be as you are.
Not until you have turned yourself into ashes, will the new life emerge.” ~OSHO
a very auspicious day to meditate and be aware of all what you do
On this day a spiritual time window opens, which is called Pradosh Vrat in India. Pradosh Vrat is synonymous with something dark or late evening. When it gets dark, this is also a good time to meditate. When it gets dark it is also a good time to reflect on the divine. During the day the mind likes to go outside, but at night it is easier for it to go inside. In between you can perceive the divine everywhere. If you are active during the day then see the divine on the outside. When it is night see the divine within. Sunrise and sunset are two very magical moments, because in these phases you can see the divine outside and inside at the same time. Pradosham has three different energy levels, depending on which day of the month they occur. Each energy level indicates how much karma can be released at that time. The smallest energy level occurs every day 1-2 hours before and after sunset. The average energy level of Pradosham occurs twice a month - on the 13th lunar day after the new moon and after the full moon. Pradosham's greater energy level occurs when one of the 13th lunar days occurs on a Saturday. But tonight it's a little easier for you to bring light into your life. Pradosham is, so to speak, a gift from the universe to accelerate your spiritual growth and make your life easier and happier. Think about how the poisons of life, for example anger, jealousy, attachment and self-centeredness, destroy your joy and also (world) peace. Use the time to just go inside. Stay hOMe! Go to your very own hOMe! Shiva is worshiped at Pradosham. Shiva is a symbol of the divine. Shiva is a symbol of change. Birth, preservation destruction. Destruction of the illusions we put in our heads. Shiva is the infinite awareness that dwells in each of us. Don't forget: We are part of the whole!
I love to sing this very special Shiva Mantra:
“Shiva HUM, Shiva HUM, Shiva HUM, Shiva HUM
Shiva HUM Pavanang, Shiva HUM Salilang
Shiva HUM Dharati, Shiva HUM Akshang
Shiva Sarvatrang, Shiva Sarvasyang
Mahakale Shiva Jivan Mulang
Namo Namami Shiva, Namao Namami Shiva
Sattya Sundare Shiva, Bhava Bhaya Harenang
Vishva Rupa Shiva, Prane Prakashang
Namo Namami Shiva, Namo Namami Shiva”
“Through the vibration of “Shiva HUM” air, water, earth and space shall be consecrated. Shiva is omnipresent and all pervading. Shiva is the great power of redemption and renewal, the base of all living. I prostrate in respect before Shiva. Shiva is truth and beauty, removes the anxiety caused by the temporal existence. His cosmic form is also the light of life. Worship to Shiva!” ~ Mohani Heitel
At Pradosh Vrat, Shiva is worshiped in the form of the lingam. I have always had a very magical connection to this manifestation and have several lingams at home. Here you can see a lingam from the Pashupatinath Temple in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
Brahman, the all-pervading, formless, eternal principle, manifested as Brahma, the creating principle, as Vishnu, the sustaining principle, and as Shiva, the dissolving principle. They worked well together until one day there was an argument between Vishnu and Brahma. Vishnu was of the opinion that as a “sustainer” he was more powerful than Brahma. Brahma, on the other hand, laughs and said that Vishnu would not exist without him because he would be the Creator. It started a back and forth. Suddenly a huge pillar of fire appeared. The two gods had never seen anything like it before. The two curiously explored this phenomenon. Brahma went down, Vishnu flew up with his mount Garuda. But they couldn't see a beginning or an end. The pillar of fire was infinite. Then the fire spoke: “I am Shiva, the infinite, the eternal. This pillar of fire is a form of Me. It is a lingam, a form in which I am easily found. The lingam knows neither beginning nor end. You, Vishnu and I, we are forms of Brahman, each of us has his task - creating, maintaining, dissolving. There is no such thing as 'who is better'. We have to form a unit together, not to wage a fight. "
There is a beautiful mudra that you can do:
The Lingam mudra, a symbol of Shiva
Shiva is worshiped as a lingam in India. Mostly in connection with a yoni, the Shakti energy. The Lingam thus combines not only the Trinity (creation, preservation, transformation), but also the masculine with the feminine principle. The linga mudra is a symbol for Shiva, ultimately a symbol for the aspiration up to infinity. Shiva is represented by the thumb pointing upwards, the rest of the mudra is Shakti. The masculine, fiery energy rests on the feminine energy. When you do this linga mudra you can imagine that your energy flows upward with fire and that you perceive the divine in infinity. The lingam mudra is a mudra of fire. It increases the warmth of the body and focuses on the element of fire in the body. It connects the palms of the hands and crosses the fingers, keeping one thumb upright. The other thumb and index finger surround the upright thumb. As you have already read, you can choose which thumb is your energy linga. Energy. The fire, the drive, lives in the thumb. And when the thumb is up, there is a lot of positive energy. You will notice how warm it becomes during this mudra. Breathe in and out a few times. Then recite the Shiva mantra three times and go into silent meditation.
Om Namah Shivaya Om Namah Shivaya Om Namah Shivaya
May you experience the presence of Shiva!
But the mudra is not only a symbol of Shiva, but also a healing mudra.
I learned that you can use this mudra to alleviate illnesses caused by an increase in phlegm. For example, all colds such as cough, catarrh, chest infections or bronchial diseases. This position of the fingers releases mucus that has built up in the lungs. But you have to start the practice as soon as the disease breaks out. Chronic complaints can also be healed over time. It is also very useful for people who have difficulty breathing when there is a change in time. It also increases body temperature and is especially suitable for those who never have a fever. Fever is very important as many bacteria in the body are only exterminated when exposed to a certain temperature.
But be careful: The mudra should not be practiced over a long period of time, i.e. only as long as it is needed. Otherwise, the "blazing fire" could make you restless and weaken yourself spiritually.
But do not worry, try the mudra and feel the energy of Shiva in you for a few minutes!
hari om shiva om shiva om hari om
At Pradosh Vrat, Shiva is worshiped in the form of the lingam. I have always had a very magical connection to this manifestation and have several lingams at home. One of them is in the garden. In the spring, during the strict covid-19 lockdown here in Spain 2020, I planted a natural altar around him. I didn't want to kill flowers every day to bring him as gifts. I wanted to give Shiva living flowers. Shiva HUM!
At Pradosham /Pradosh Vrat before Newmoon also begins the time when you can best connect with nature. Become aware that you are part of nature. Nature and you are constantly connected with each other in an exchange. The time between Pradosham and the new moon (I always call the lunar silence this night) is particularly conducive to this experience. The moon's gravity creates a certain level of inertia on these days, and your body and energies are much more connected to the earth than on other days because it pulls them in that direction. Go barefoot through nature! Sit under a tree. Breathe. Touch nature with your hands. Let earth trickle through your hands. Eat in nature. If you can't go outside because of the lock down, go barefoot anyway. For example, imagine that your floor is a forest floor, a dirt road, or a beach. Maybe you have plants at home. Make a prayer with the plant. Not with words, but through a soul connection.
I like to wear black around the “lunar silence”. Black is an absorbent color. The spiritual energy that I now experience in the next few days in connection with (Shiva) nature is transmitted even more intensively. But be careful with negative energy; this is transmitted in the same way for black.
Enjoy it, energy and awareness!
The darkest night of a month is called Masik Shivaratri. The monthly Shivaratri! The time around lunar stillness favors the stability of our lower mind and allows in this way access to the higher mental state of pure perception, which can extend and connect our consciousness to the universal mind (Shiva) and making it possible to experience as a result the essential truth behind any event in our life.
The lower mind is the concrete mind, which focuses on logic, reason and fact. It is never in the present, but always in the past and future. The lower mind is the representation of our ego. Because of the ego we are limited and are separate from universal power and truth. When we are born, we are still pure and unbiased. The ego arises with education, through our desires and idols. The ego is not our original self. The lower mind houses also negative thoughts and emotions. This is the part of the mind that knows no matter how difficult the situation is, we are loved, worthy and continuously protected and guided by the divine and God. This is the part inspired by beauty, vulnerable emotions, aspirations, ideals and archetypes.
The higher mind represents the pure knowledge and the divine in us. It gives us creative power and innovative solutions. It doesn't matter how something works or arises. Only the moment is important. No reaction, but a situation-related behavior without thinking about the past or the future. The higher mind surpasses ego, transcends boundaries and holds universal truths. It is the gateway to our soul and intuition.
Shivaratri means, “Shiva” (cosmic mind) and “Vrat” (fast). Shivaratri is a good time to come back to yourself. Forgo all unnecessary things. Fast, if only in small batches. Meditate. And let a prayer arise from it. Your very own prayer. Be yourself a gift for the universe.
I like to sing these mantras on Shivaratri. It is not the usual "Om Namaha Shivaya", but for me it reflects the meaning of the day.
om asatoma sad gamaya
tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
mrtyor mamrtam gamaya
The "Asatoma" mantra comes from the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad). It means:
Lead me from the asat(untruth) to the sat (truth).
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality
“Shiva HUM” means the redeeming power of the Divine, but it is more a vibration
Before I wrote this article, I watched the video of "rain of blessings-Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say Sohung" from Deva Premal/Miten and when I was looking for a photo for the weeklyGanesha reminder for my beloved Sangha, I saw these “tropical rain photos", by the way … in a few minutes everything was completely under water, but as quickly as the rain flooded everything, it drained away again quickly. This photo I made in the garden of our former house in Bali. It's one of my shivalinga. Back then I had it in the garden, today it is in my sacred space in a kind of “cave temple”. I once discovered it by chance at an artist who had made huge concrete figures. The linga was completely forgotten in a corner. I was so excited about it and asked if it was for sale. Then the artist looked at me and said: Take it with you. I made a lot of them for a festival and somehow it was left over. He was happy to be able to give it to me.
Let us recite the Lingasthakam mantra …
Brahma Murari Sura architha Lingam, Nirmala bashitha Shobitha Lingam l
Janmaja dukha vinasaka lingam, That pranamami sada shiva lingam lI
“I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva, Which is worshipped by Brahma, Vishnu and other Devas,
Which is pure and resplendent, And which destroys sorrows of birth.”
In Shaivism, Shiva is the highest deity, who towers above all other deities and lets them emerge from himself as well as the entire universe. Shiva is especially revered in his aspect as a linga.
Linga - the universal symbol of creation and source of everything