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Invitation for Maha Shivratri 2015 Celebration at Art of Living Ashram, Bangalore

"When you sit and meditate, you are in the Shiva principle. And that Shiva principle is truth, benevolence and beauty. These three things together form Shiva." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Mahashivratri is an annual celebration at the Art of Living International Center in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Sanskrit chants from the Vedas create a meditative and joyous aura in the place, overflowing with meditators.

mahashivratri 2015 art of living ashram

Don’t miss it. Register now at www.bangaloreashram.org

Krishna and Shiva

Q: Dear Guruji, is Shiva consciousness and Krishna consciousness the same?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, yes, they’re same. Krishna consciousness is a little naughtier, that’s it. When it is silent, it is Shiva consciousness. When it is active, it is Krishna consciousness.

God is one but the names are many, forms are many

God is one but the names are many, forms are many. Shiva-Shakti, both are one. Ardhanarishwara is one; half woman and half man, Hari hara is not two it is just one; half is Hara and the other half is Hari. Everything is one and there is only one God 'Bhagavanta'

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Mahamrityunjai mantra, lyrics and video

Mahamritunjai mantra, Sanskrit text, Shiva

Meaning of Mahamritunjay mantra

I worship the three eyed (the third eye is synonymous with wisdom) lord Shiva, who is full of fragrance and who nourishes everybody with health and vitality. May Shiva liberate me from mortality, just as a cucumber fallls off the creeper when it is fully ripe, may I live a full life...and know my immortal self.

Uses of Mahamrityunjai mantra

Chanting of the Mahamrityunjai mantra is recommended for a healthy body and mind. It is said to ward off untimely death by accidents or illness. Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh has recommended chanting the mantra on one's birthday for a minimum of 50,000 times. The video here helps recite the mantra correctly.

Mahamrityunjaya mantra comes from the Vedas. It is chanted to help fight physical or mental ailments. It brings peace and tranquility to the mind.

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