all over the world, the coming new moon will usher in shivaratri, the great night of shiva.
for those who are unfamiliar with this annual celebration, i thought this was the perfect explanation, courtesy of the astroved.com website Maha Shivaratri means "The Great Night of Siva". The night of Shiva falls on the eve of the New Moon. The night is symbolic of a condition prior to creation and refers to the chaos that existed before light. But this chaotic darkness is not a negative condition. It is pure consciousness without the pollution of knowledge. In the Buddha's terminology it is the Emptiness of Nirvana.
Every year during The Great Night of Shiva, Lord Shiva incarnates in the form of the Shiva Lingam. Maha Shivaratri is the prime time for every soul to get into the primordial consciousness of non-existence or Nirvana. One is required to keep vigil during the night in order to receive Shiva's grace and assistance.
As you keep vigil this night, you become aware of your life and karma. It is a great opportunity to connect with the divine formless form of Lord Shiva, the Lingam, who symbolizes 'all-auspiciousness', and to invite these energies in your life. In essence, Maha Shivaratri signifies the transition from the darkness of gloom and ignorance to the dawn of divine joy and knowledge.
here in LA, there will be many events that will focus on shivaratri itself. and because anything that gets the yoga community together is a celebration in and of itself, i'm going to go ahead and list those, too Wednesday, March 2nd 7:30pm Maha Shivaratri, a Celebration of Oneness Art of Living Los Angeles Center 948 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles Cost: FREE!
Join us for an evening of Kirtan, Meditation and Knowledge, delicious food and celebration! Everyone is welcome to be a part of this very special night.
Wednesday, March 2nd 7:30pm Snatam Kaur & Guruganesha Live!! Wilshire Ebell Theater 4401 W 8th St, Los Angeles Cost: $35-$55 ( Click here to buy tickets online - enter code AYOGIST5OFF to get $5 off!)
Concert, chantfest, musical group meditation, a yoga class in melody . . . how best to describe a live performance by Snatam Kaur and her band? It’s all of these things and more. Crystalline and radiant, Snatam’s voice is redolent of the simple yet powerful truth of the heart.
Snatam’s divinely melodic songs based on traditional Sikh mantras are augmented by simple, heartfelt English verses that express the meanings these sacred syllables hold and help the audience forge their own emotional connection. Snatam is ably supported by devotional music stalwart GuruGanesha Singh, who handles the guitar with effortless grace, slipping easily between chordal rhythms and mellifluous leads.
Thursday, March 3rd 7:00pm SPRING ALIVE with Spring Groove Santa Monica Playhouse & Group Theatre 1211 4th St, Santa Monica Cost: $10
TOURING THE HEART AND MIND
Show begins 8:00pm Pre-Reception 7:00pm
WithDave Allen Joni Allen Mark Gorman Jason Paige Michelle Pereira Deepak Ramapriyan Eddie Young
(Due to an overwhelming response we are currently overbooked for the SPRING ALIVE show THURSDAY MARCH 3rd. We would like to strongly encourage you come to our pre-reception at 7pm since we will be forced to distribute tickets on a first come first serve basis. Also we are shooting to have an invited run thru rehearsal of the show Weds. March 2nd at 4pm. If this time/date would also work for you as another option kindly let us know asap. and we will contact you. This might help better facilitate an opportunity for all who want to attend.)
All are invited to celebrate Sivaratri, the Night of Siva, one of the most auspicious events of the year in the Hindu calendar.
It is said that Lord Siva protects the world throughout the year but this is his one night to rest. It is our duty to watch over the world for him. This all night vigil with continuous chanting of the names of Siva, Lord of Yogis, will tune your mind to the highest spiritual vibrations.
Festivities and Chanting starts at 9:00pm. Stay for the first puja (devotional worship), which begins at 10:00pm or all through the night.
Offerings of fruits, sweets and flowers are welcome. The festival of Sivaratri will end with a feast at dawn.
Friday, March 4th 8:00-10:00pm Ananda Kirtan + Maha Shivaratri Celebration with Saul David Raye Exhale Center for Sacred Movement 245 S Main St, Venice Cost: $15 in advance; $20 day of
Come together as one and join in celebration during this auspicious time.
With Saul David Raye and special guest musicians: Deepak Ramapriyan, David Watts, Christo Pellani, Marla Leigh, Frank Fitzpatrick and Marti Walker
We live in a powerful time in our earths history. Ancient wisdom teachings have long recognized that life is a circle, inter-conneted, that all of life is sacred. Each one of us, is an important center point within this circle, as we awaken and raise our consciousness we reflect that energy back to the whole. This high energy, ecstatic evening will be a joining of the sacred circle through the power of sacred music, chanting, meditation and heart wisdom teachings. Singing and Dancing have long been sacred healing practices to awaken the life force, connect us to Spirit and embody an ecstatic connection to the Divine force that sustains all life. Join us for this wonderful celebration of life.
Friday, March 4th 8:15-11:30pm Group Howl at the Moon! ~ SHIVARATRI Aanand Saagar 606 Venice Blvd #H, Venice Cost: By donation
ॐ Shiva, the transformative force of the Universe, powers the dance of creation. ॐ
ॐ Come out and celebrate Shivaratri... lead a chant (to Shiva or to anyone you wish), play an instrument, or just kick back and soak up the vibe... everyone is welcome to participate ॐ
ॐ hot chai, great sound system, free parking, no donations or money exchanged. The only currency is what you bring to the Table... ॐ
Saturday, March 5th 6:00-11:30pm Maha Shivaratri Pre-Bhakti Fest Party Art of Living Center 948 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles Cost: $20 pre-sale, $25 at door (Pre-sale tickets available at http://www.prebhaktifest.com/ )
Sacred mantras in a sacred space. Immerse yourself in the joy of kirtan in a majestic santuary filled with the shakti of 100 years of prayer and chanting.
FEATURED RECORDING ARTISTS: DONNA DE LORY, JOEY LUGASSY, AND BREATH OF LIFE TRIBE
Saturday, March 5th 7:00-9:00pm Art of Living Kirtan & Meditation Yoga Desa 120 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga Cost: By donation
Art of Living teachers Michele Krolik and Andrew Behla offer a monthly kirtan. Singing traditional sanskrit mantras have a profound effect on the environment and consciousness, helping to quiet the mind and open the heart. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to participate with a beginner’s mind.
Saturday, March 5th 8:30-11:30pm Maha Shiva Ratri Kirtan Celebration with Govindas & Radha and Special Guests Bhakti Yoga Shala 207 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica Cost: By donation
WithGovindas and Radha Andres Salcedo Sita Devi Ashley Wynn & Lisa Florine Kalidas + other Special Guests
Shiva Ratri is the night dedicated to honoring Lord Shiva, commonly described as "Lord of the Yogis". All over the world Shiva Ratri is celebrated with much of zeal and enthusiasm. Shiva Ratri literally means ' the night consecrated to Shiva'. On this auspicious nite, we will only chant mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva ... OM NAMAH SHIVAYA!