Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar graced the Maha Shivaratri Celebrations at the Art of Living International Centre in Bangalore in India.
A lakh of people from 100 countries were meditating together, as the vibrations of sacred chants, the sound of cymbals, drums and devotional music filled the air at the pristine, colorful and lit-up Art of Living International Center on the occasion of Mahashivratri.
In his discourse Gurudev said: “The auspicious night of Shivaratri represents the enlivening of the Shiva tattva – the most beautiful aspect of Consciousness. Lord Shiva is not a person or a figure. Shiva is the eternal tattva (principle) that is the essence of everything. It is the principle from which everything has come, which sustains everything and in which everything dissolves.
Since thousands of years people have experienced and worshiped the Shiva Tattva. Shiva is peace, infinity, and beauty. On the day of Shivratri, this Shiva principle, which remains above the material plane, touches the physical world. Shivratri signifies the wedding of the material with the spiritual.
Shivaratri is the most unique time to rise above the mundane and bask in the supreme glory of the infinite, innocent and blissful Shiva tattva. Though the external worship to Shiva seems elaborate with numerous offerings, it is said the finest flowers used in Shiva’s worship are knowledge, equanimity and peace. Celebrating the Shiva tattva in oneself is real Shivaratri.”
Some of the dignitaries present at the celebrations were Haris Silajdžić, academic and former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Selma Silajdžić, Bosnian pop singer, Mahesh Gagdaji, Chattisgarh Forest Minister, Rajendra Arlekar, Goa Forest Minister, Some esteemed members of European Parliament members, RV Deshpande, Minister of Tourism for Karnataka.