INNER SIGNIFICANCE OF SIVARATHRI
What exactly is meant by Sivarathri
and why is so much importance being given to its observance?
Baba has given us the explanation. He first reminds us that
according to the Scriptures, the Moon is the presiding deity
of the Mind.
As we all know, during the month the Moon
waxes and wanes, taking 15 days for each process. The thirteenth
day after the New Moon and the Full Moon is called Trayodasi.
comes Chaturdasi or the fourteenth day. Sivarathri commences
at the end of Trayodasi
and the beginning of Chaturdasi after the Full Moon.
We now come to the Inner or the Spiritual
significance of the observance of this austerity after the
conclusion of Trayodasi
and the commencement of Chaturdasi just before Amavasya
or the New Moon.
Again we turn to Baba. He says that on this night the Moon
is hardly visible. Such a barely visible Moon represents the
Mind of a true seeker. Through Sadhana he has almost conquered
the Mind. And just as the Moon disappears a day or two later,
the seeker, with a little extra effort, can completely extinguish
the Mind, that is to say, master it. As Baba puts it so simply:
MASTER THE MIND AND BECOME A MASTER MIND!
The astute reader would have noticed that
something is missing in the above. Does not Sivarathri come
once a month? How come then we celebrate it just once a year?
Ah, therein lies a tale, and for that, we go back to an account
written by Gandhikota Subramania Sastry a long time ago.