How to Benefit from Mahashivratri

have pointed out that one of the biggest steps in the evolutionary process for an animal is to move from a horizontal to a vertical spine. It is only after this step that your intelligence flowers. So, by making use of this natural upsurge of energies on the nightlong festival of Mahashivratri, with the right kind of mantras and meditations, we can move one step closer to the Divine. The raising of energies takes place even if there is no sadhana in a person’s life, but especially for those people who are into some kind of yogic sadhana, keeping the body in a vertical position, or in other words, not sleeping on this night is very important.

Mahashivratri is very significant for people who are on the spiritual path, and also for people with ambitions in the world and in family situations. For people living in family situations, Mahashivratri is worshiped as Shiva’s wedding anniversary. The ambitious see it as the day Shiva conquered all his enemies. But in the yogic tradition, we do not consider Shiva as a god, but as the first guru or Adi Guru – the one who started the yogic process. The word “Shiva” means “that which is not.” If you can keep yourself in such a state that you are not yourself, and allow Shiva to be, then the possibility of opening up a new vision into life and looking at life with total clarity is possible.

What we refer to as Shiva is nothing but the very embodiment of ultimate perception. It is in this context that Isha Yoga Center celebrates Mahashivratri. In many ways, in the Yoga Center, the whole year is a way of looking forward to the Mahashivratri day. It is an opportunity and a possibility for all to raise their perception by at least one notch. It is an opportunity to not be embroiled in thoughts, emotions, or conclusions that you have drawn about life. This is what Shiva is about and this is what yoga is about.

May this Mahashivratri night not just be a night of wakefulness, but let this also become a night of intense aliveness and awareness for you. It is our wish and blessing that you make use of this wonderful gift that nature offers us on this day. I hope all of you ride this upsurge and know the beauty and ecstasy of what it means when we say “Shiva.”


Simple Methods

Mahashivratri Sadhana Tools for Transformation

The Mahashivratri sadhana is a preparation for Mahashivratri – a night of tremendous possibilities. Anyone over the age of eight can participate in the sadhana.Learn More

A powerful Mantra Chant


A simple chant becomes a powerful process of transformation in the presence of a realized master. This Mahashivarathri, Join us on the Live webstream to participate in this guided chant led by Sadhguru. Learn More