Open the Third Eye

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The 14th day of ev­ery month is known as Shivara­tri. Ma­hashiv­ara­tri is the most pow­er­ful of the year’s 12 Shivara­tris and cel­e­brates the grace of Shiva. The word ‘Shiva’ lit­er­ally means ‘that which is not’. Science says ev­ery­thing came out of noth­ing and will go back into noth­ing. In their own lan­guage, sci­en­tists are say­ing Shiva holds ev­ery­thing to­gether.

If you look at the sky, you will see many stars, but still, the big­gest pres­ence is the vast empti­ness. This empti­ness — the very ba­sis of cre­ation — is re­ferred to as ‘Shiva’. On Ma­hashiv­ara­tri, the plan­e­tary po­si­tions, es­pe­cially in the north­ern hemi­sphere, are such that there is a nat­u­ral up­surge of energy in the hu­man sys­tem. It is easy to move our en­er­gies up­wards. To fa­cil­i­tate this, one should keep the spine ver­ti­cal. Hence the tra­di­tion of stay­ing awake through­out this night.

Shiva has al­ways been re­ferred to as ‘Tri­ambaka’ be­cause he has a third eye, the eye of in­ner vi­sion. The two eyes all hu­man be­ings have are sen­sory or­gans that feed the mind with im­pres­sions of the phys­i­cal. They just see what is on the sur­face. So, an­other eye, an eye of deeper pen­e­tra­tion, has to be opened. Know­ing doesn’t come from read­ing books or lis­ten­ing to some­one, nor does it mean sim­ply ac­quir­ing in­for­ma­tion. Know­ing means open­ing up a new vi­sion of life. For true know­ing, the third eye has to open. This brings a clar­ity that no amount of philoso­phies can. This is a clar­ity that no sit­u­a­tion can dis­tort. On Ma­hashiv­ara­tri, that pos­si­bil­ity be­comes eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

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