February 1, 2023
With the first month of the new year having drawn to a conclusion, I want to share something wonderful to look forward to in the month ahead. I’m certain this invitation will help build momentum behind your new year’s resolutions to engage with Gurumayi Chidvilasananda’s Message for 2023.
Throughout the world, February is celebrated as the month of love. And as Siddha Yogis, we all love the presence of Lord Shiva, who is the embodiment of Consciousness and who represents the Adi Guru—the first or primordial Guru, the manifestation of the Guru Principle. We give homage to Lord Shiva every year on Mahashivaratri, “the great night of Lord Shiva.” This year, 2023, the Mahashivaratri celebration will occur on Saturday, February 18.
In honor of this sacred night, I invite you to participate in satsang in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall. The satsang will begin at 7:00 p.m. New York time on February 18, and will be held via live video stream from Shree Muktananda Ashram. I want to assure you that no matter what time it is in your part of the world—whether it is the day or the night—our coming together in satsang will make this a most auspicious time for worship.
The Indian scriptures tell us that on Mahashivaratri, the benefits of our worship—and especially our invoking Lord Shiva through repetition of the mantra Om Namah Shivaya—multiply a thousandfold. Without a doubt, I have experienced—and I’m sure you have too—the unique power of our combined focus, our combined intention, our combined voices when we participate in satsang in the Universal Hall. Add to this the special potency of Mahashivaratri, and there’s no telling what the fruits of our worship can do—no limit to the positive impact they can have on this world.
Meera Laube Szapiro