Mahashivaratri – Why Stay Awake on this Night?

SPH Presidential Address

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Not sleeping this night is considered a great spiritual practice. Why not sleeping is regarded as a spiritual practice? This is a technique to stabilize your mind. Usually, your mind listens to your body’s comforts, and in the recorded routine, not sleeping means you need to say ‘no’ to your mind. How many times do you say ‘no’ to your mind? Try your best; it will always play its game. As long as the possibility that you may say ‘yes’ at one moment exists, the mind will play its game, but if you decide very clearly, ‘I am not going to say ‘yes’ how many times the mind may try, simply mind will stop even asking you to say ‘yes.’

See, the mind will be alive if the possibility of a dilemma exists. The possibility of the dilemma is closed, and the mind won’t be active. Today, try to tell yourself clearly—no question of saying ‘yes’ to the mind. ‘Manasasya sthiraha mantraha’, which makes your mind sthira, strong, is mantra. Take a firm decision that you will not let your mind decide. You will not say ‘yes’ to your mind. You will see, sleep will disappear. It’s a beautiful technique for saying clear-cut ‘no’ to your mind. There are so many things and so many reasons why our masters created all these traditions, techniques, and methods.

Today is Amavasya, a new moon with the possibility of intense energy. The human mind goes up and down along with the lunar. Understand that you will see big waves when you see the ocean on a new moon or a full moon day. Ocean will be excited. The power of the moon on the planet Earth and the sea will be exciting. Your body is also filled with 80% salt water. Just like the sea getting excited, your body will also be eager. The fluid that runs in your body will also be excited. The Masters know the power which the moon exercises over the human beings on the planet Earth… That is why they created all these great traditions, puja, and worship on the new moon day.

Whatever you do today will be powerfully recorded inside you, whether positive or negative. So naturally, our Masters want us; they all tell us to keep ourselves awake and not only keep awake, use this time to be aware, to be in high Consciousness, and say you stay awake. You remain awake this night, and tomorrow morning, you will sleep, and if you are aware and conscious of whatever is happening here and this whole night, if you remain aware of the present moment, not only will you be awake, you will be awakened! The possibility of awakening exists on this great day! So be in this moment, sit with clear awareness and experience, and connect with whatever is happening here.

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