Shivaratri Ceremony In Bali on 23 January 2020
====================================== SHIVARATRI as the worship night of Lord Shiva falls, Shivaratri means ‘the Night of Shiva.’ Shiva in Sanskrit means ‘kindhearted, forgiving, giving hope and happiness.’ Shiva can also be interpreted as a title or honorable name for one of God’s manifestations, namely Lord Shiva. This name is given pursuant to his function as a ruler to attain sanctity or selfconsciousness that gives a hope to reach happiness. Meanwhile, ratri means ‘night,’ which can be interpreted as ‘the darkness.’ Thus, Shivaratri can be interpreted as a dissolution night or a destroyer of the darkness within the people’s self and heart in order to go to a brighter path.
Celebrating Abstinence of Shivaratri
----------------------------------------------------------- There are three types of bratha (abstinence) performed on Shivaratri holy day called the Bratha of Shivaratri namely:
1. UPAWASA--derived from Sanskrit word that means ‘fasting’ or ‘not to eat and drink.’ It is meant to change the structure of our subtle body energy, so that our subtle body can be an ‘accommodating container’ which can accommodate the holy energy as the gift of Ishta Devata;
2. MONA comes from the word ‘Mauna’ which means ‘not to speak’ or ‘not to utter any words.’ The purpose of mona is to change the state of our minds, so that our minds are becoming clearer which can make us more easily connected to Gods or connected to the silence within;
3. JAGRA, in the sacred book of Shivaratri Kalpa, Tan Mrema is also called ‘Tan Aturu Atanghi’ with the meaning of ‘staying awake’ or ‘not sleeping.’ Tan Mrema is better known as Jagra. The deeper meaning of Jagra is focusing [staying wakeful] on the deep sense of devotion to the Lord Shiva. How to Perform Abstinence of Shivaratri
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